Task Force

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, charged with identifying areas for growth and determining action steps. The task force is made up of students, faculty and staff. The DEI Task Force meets on the first Monday of each month. The task force is made up of three subcommittees – Campus Climate/Sense of Belonging, Diversity Strategic Planning, and Community Partnerships.

“The DEI Task Force is dedicated to continuing the progress of building a campus culture where all Petrels are welcomed and experience belonging.”

Dr. Rhana Gittens Wheeler, DEI Special Advisor to the President

DEI Task Force

Faculty members:

  • Dr. Magdalena Carrasco, Part-Time Lecturer, Biology
  • Dr. Maura Dudley, Part-Time Lecturer, Biology
  • Dr. Gregory Gabriel, Lecturer, Chemistry
  • Dr. James Iredell, Lecturer of Core Studies
  • Dr. Christine McCulloch, Lecturer of Core Studies
  • Megan Murphy, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Derek Otis, Instructional Technology Librarian
  • Timothy Piper, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
  • Dr. Susan Noh, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
  • Christina Price Washington, Assistant Professor of Art and Art Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Anna Ziering, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Staff members:

  • Helen Bond, Academic Advisor, Student Success
  • Valeri Cruz ’23, Communications Coordinator, Marketing and Communications
  • Peter Dye, Assistant Director, Community and Global Engagement; Writing Tutor Coordinator
  • Ethan Hawkland, Assistant Director of Admission
  • Laronda Hollis, Assistant Director, Counseling Center
  • Autumn Johnson ’20, Assistant Director of Events and Communications, Admission
  • Dr. Vivian Medrano, Senior Director, Student Success
  • Elizabeth Peterson Jennings, Director, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
  • Grant Utter, Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Kinsley Williams, Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Marisol Zacarias, Director, Intercultural Center

Student members:

  • Lacey Frye, Student
  • Matt Kessinger, Student
  • Naima McHardy, Student
  • Jason Njagi, Student
  • Morgan Quach, Student
  • Jonathan “Wood” Severe, Student


  • DEI Taskforce Update: 8/17/20

    Dear OU Community, When President Ladany announced the creation of this Taskforce, he challenged us to strengthen our institutional core value of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our aim is to foster a campus environment that seeks to include those who have been traditionally excluded, to promote a culture that respects and values…

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  • DEI Taskforce Announcement

    Dear Oglethorpe Community, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. As I begin the presidency as a new member of the Petrel family, I have been impressed with the resilience, perseverance, and outstanding efforts of students, faculty, staff, parents, board members, alumni, and our friends over the past few months. All exemplify our university’s…

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