Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Committee

Purpose of Committee

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) needs to develop goals and metrics for how Diversity, Equity and Inclusion applies to our college and how we will measure progress toward these goals.

Practical Outcomes

Ensure that we have an environment and culture throughout CAES that is welcoming, encouraging and engaging of all students, employees and stakeholders.

  • Review Unit-level 2025 Strategic Plan and existing Diversity Plan, if separate, for alignment
  • Develop aligned Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Goals
  • Identify key performance indicators (KPIs) and Data Sources for each Goal
  • Identify Baseline and Annual Targets for each KPI

Committee Membership

The CAES Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Committee has been divided into four subcommittees:

Faculty Subcommittee

Dario Chavez Associate Professor
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Crop & Soil Sciences
Melissa G Mitchum Professor, Plant Nematology
Plant Pathology Center for Applied Genetic Technologies (CAGT) Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Simerjeet Virk Assistant Professor and Extension Precision Ag Specialist
Crop & Soil Sciences

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Staff Subcommittee

Brad Averill Athens-Clarke County FACS Agent
Northeast District
Lee Motsinger, MPA, PHR Human Resources Director
CAES Business Office - Athens
Lakecia Pettway Director of Diversity Affairs
Office of Diversity Affairs Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Michael D Toews Assistant Dean, Tifton Campus, Professor
Tifton Campus Entomology

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Students Subcommittee

James C. Anderson, II Associate Professor
Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication
Laurel Dunn Assistant Professor and Extension Coordinator
Food Science & Technology
Cesar L. Escalante Professor
Agricultural & Applied Economics

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Outreach Subcommittee

Jason Estep Public Service Assistant
4-H & Youth
Kisha Faulk FACS Program Development Coordinator for Northwest District, Interim CEC for Muscogee and Chattahoochee counties
Northwest District
Claire Sanders Sr. Public Relations Specialist
Dean and Directors Office
Rochelle Sapp Leadership Development Specialist
Office of Learning and Organizational Development (OLOD)