In early January 2018, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (“ODI” ) received a letter from Dr. Donald Burke, Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, requesting that the ODI form a review committee (“ODIRC”) to consider the name of Parran Hall. This is an important issue that impacts our university community and requires thoughtful consideration and expertise. The ODIRC’s work will be grounded in the University’s dedication to scholarship and academic excellence and institutional values of equity, diversity and inclusion.
The committee has been formed in accordance with these University guidelines and will function in accordance with those guidelines. Student, faculty and staff committee members were nominated through Senate Council in accordance with the shared governance process. For example, the Undergraduate Student Government Board nominated a student member, the graduate student organizations nominated graduate student representatives, the Staff Counsel nominated a staff member, and the Faculty Senate nominated several faculty members. Additional members were selected based upon relevant subject matter and research expertise.
Any questions or decisions relating to a potential new name for Parran Hall, should they arise after this process is complete, are beyond the scope of the ODIRC.
Parran Hall ODIRC Members
Dr. Kathleen Blee - Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Dean, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Zachary Brodt - University Archivist, University Library System (ULS)
Pamela Connelly - Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Committee Chair
Paula Davis - Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Diversity
Susan Devaraj - Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) Student Representative
Jamie Ducar - Assistant Director of Community Relations
Dr. Barbara Epstein - Director, Health Sciences Library System (HSLS)
Dr. Larry Glasco - Associate Professor, Department of History
Dr. Barry Gold - Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Zuri Kent-Smith - Student Government Board (SGB) Executive Vice President
Dr. Laurie Kirsch - Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity
Amy Kleebank - Art Director, Office of University Communications, Staff Council Representative
Dr. Lisa Parker - Professor, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, Graduate School of Public Health
Dr. Wesley Rohrer - Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Vice Chair for Education and Director, Master of Health Administration Program, Graduate School of Public Health
Christopher Staten - President, Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG)
The ODIRC welcomes, and will consider, all positions/perspectives/concerns relating to Parran Hall as an important part of its work. For example, the EIADAC Committee of the Senate Council is submitting a document that sets out its position and cites relevant scholarship and evidence.
All members of the community are encouraged to participate by submitting their positions to email@example.com, attention ODIRC re: Parran Hall.