Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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SOWELA’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

SOWELA Technical Community College recognizes, respects, and honors diversity existing in society due to an individual’s age, ethnicity, national origin, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, marital status, familial status, religious beliefs, creeds, and socioeconomic status.

The College is committed, through programs and policies, to create and sustain an environment that empowers individuals to live and work productively by embracing diversity, fostering inclusiveness, and advancing equity through dynamic, welcoming work and educational spaces in an ever-changing global society.

SOWELA’s commitment to diversity compels it to confront prejudicial, discriminatory behaviors and policies. The College supports steps and programs intended to remedy the historical under-representation of persons of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities in the workforce, and in ensuring a learning environment that is inclusive and equitable for all.

SOWELA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The purpose of the DEI Committee is to help guide the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion at SOWELA Technical Community College. The committee is tasked with implementing actionable steps related to the College’s diversity initiatives and goals for pursuing equitability for students, staff, and faculty. Committee members have committed themselves to honoring SOWELA’s diverse population, celebrating the College’s expansive culture and that of its students, faculty, & staff, and lifting the voices of the underrepresented.

Committee Officers

Name Committee Role Job Title Email
Jeremy Ryder Committee Chair Dual Enrollment Coordinator jeremy.ryder@sowela.edu
Adrienne Abel Committee Co-Vice Chair Site Coordinator, Morgan Smith Instructional Site adrienne.abel@sowela.edu
Romona Thomas Committee Co-Vice Chair Programmer Analyst romona.thomas@sowela.edu

Committee Members

Name Job Title Email
Tammy Abraham Executive Assistant to Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs tammy.abraham@sowela.edu
Pam Boersig Executive Director, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs pam.boersig@sowela.edu
Melvin Caesar Welding Instructor melvin.caesar@sowela.edu
Denise Cloud-Miller Adult Education, Oakdale denise.cloudmiller@sowela.edu
Amanda Guthrie Nursing Instructor amanda.guthrie@sowela.edu
Nicole Hutto SOWELA Student
Geralyn Janice Site Coordinator, Lamar Salter Instructional Site geralyn.janice@sowela.edu
Joseph Lavergne Director, Student Recruitment & Career Services joseph.lavergne@sowela.edu
Candy Parker Director, Human Resources candy.parker@sowela.edu
Carl Wilkerson Facilities and Security Manager carl.wilkerson@sowela.edu
Libbie Williams Enrollment Specialist libbie.williams@sowela.edu
Marialisa Wyatt Faculty, Workforce Solutions marialisa.wyatt@sowela.edu

Employee Training

Employee Training is provided by the Slone Group.

DEI Foundations

Introduction to the DEI conversation and the view from my seat.

Registration is required, lunch will be provided for the October 17 session.

Training Dates

  • October 17, 2022
    • Monday
    • 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sycamore Student Center, Multipurpose Room
  • October 18, 2022
    • Tuesday
    • 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    • WebEx