2017-18 CODRE Executive Committee

CODRE Chair, J.P. Mohsen

CODRE Vice Chair, Currently Vacant


Campus Environment Team

Chair, Mordean Taylor-Archer— Office of the Provost

The Campus Environment Team monitor’s the university’s provision of a safe and secure environment for all members of the campus community and will play active role in maintaining this environment through direct participation in programs and services.

The Campus  Environment Team for the University (in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs) and will advise the University President, relevant internal organizational structures and the Council on Post-secondary Education (CPE) by gathering information on diversity, campus climate and environmental issues from UofL faculty, staff and students; CODRE will be instrumental in the internal and external dissemination of information on the campus climate and environment with regards to diversity issues; and the monitoring of campus climate and diversity issues.


Communications & Marketing

Chair, Maria Tinnell — Office of Communications and Marketing

The Communications committee will be a standing committee and will be responsible for the dissemination and publication of CODRE information to membership and the university community. Items the committee will develop and maintain can include the following:

  • website, newsletter and calendar
  • annual goals and report of accomplishments
  • nomination and new membership information
  • meetings, elections and regular business
  • Commission sponsorships and events


Diversity Programming

Chair, J.P. Mohsen — Speed School, Dean's Office

The Diversity Programming Committee is responsible for identifying and supporting programming for students, staff and faculty in collaboration with the community that supports an inclusive multicultural learning environment. The Diversity Programming Committee promotes diversity as a multi-faceted endeavor, and as such, the Diversity Committee may collaborate with other commission/ university committees to accomplish their tasks (e.g. student concerns committee, community organizations etc.).  This Committees initiatives support multicultural education; instructional diversity development; and programmatic efforts that enhance and strengthen student’s educational experiences and supports diversity and social justice.

A subcommittee of Diversity Programming is the President’s Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award. The intent of the award is to honor multicultural teaching, through the utilization of teaching styles, culturally pluralistic and socially constructed ideals, course content and processes incorporating multicultural and global perspectives, and scholarship.


Faculty Concerns

Chair, Currently Vacant

The Faculty Concerns charge involves the following: representation, i.e., 1) increasing the number of faculty of color as well as other underrepresented populations;  2)  Faculty satisfaction and retention as it relates to faculty of color; 3)  Support faculty satisfaction and retention for other diverse populations (related to gender/identity, language, disability etc.).


Staff Concerns

Chair, Karan Chavis — School of Medicine, Dean's Office

The Staff Concerns committee gathers and disseminates concerns and information from UofL staff regarding diversity and climate issues, i.e., retention, employment, recruitment and promotion etc. This committee works collaboratively with UofL Human Resources to enhance the development and implementation of affirmative action and diversityplans and to develop strategies that affect underutilization and staff of color and other under-represented populations. Staff Concerns works collaboratively with Human Resources to enhance the work life of diverse staff members (social, economic, and professional diversity considerations in addition to gender/identity, language, disability etc).


Student Engagement

Chair, Dwayne Compton – School of Medicine

TEAM SEC has been restructured and is now poised to assist the first 48 registered student organizations in good standing that would like to have a personal connection to a governing body that reports directly to the President of your university. Student issues are OUR issues. This team comprised of UofL staff stands ready to hear and attend to our student’s thoughts, questions, needs and whatever necessary under the scope of our work.

Major goal of Team SEC is to:

  • introduce the existence and special efforts of CODRE and the Student Engagement Committee to all undergraduate student groups on roster through a series of meetings with the RSO presidents and other communication platforms;
  • Rethinking how to make the best connection with the RSO leaders.


The Research Grant Committee for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Chair, J.P. Mohsen — Speed School, Dean's Office

This committee will secure funding through the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) for graduate research awards and from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPR) for undergraduate research grant awards. The committee solicits proposals for potential funding on an annual basis and monitors and reviews the results of the research project. The grant recipients and their faculty mentors will be invited to a CODRE meeting to describe the project and present the results of the research.