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UI Retirees Association

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Erin James, Chair

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Ubuntu is the University of Idaho's guiding philosophy that emphasizes the interconnectedness of being human and living in interdependent communities. We place a high premium on dignity, compassion, humaneness and respect for humanity and each other — every member of our university community.

The committee focuses on the needs of students, staff and faculty to enhance the experience of academic and work life with particular attention to under-represented groups on campus.


  • Review university policy and programs affecting under-represented and/or under-served students in consultation with various representatives from student services and programs
  • Recommend changes and additions to university policies and programs that enhance student academic success
  • Promote values of respect, understanding and equality within a diverse university experience


Erin James, Chair | Email Erin
Brooke Hardy | Emai Brooke
Robert Heckendorn | Email Robert
S.J. Jung | Emai S.J.

Jeffrey A. Dodge | Email Jeffrey
Eric Matson | Email Eric
Carolyn Todd | Email Carolyn

Yolanda Bisbee | Email Yolanda 
Diversity & Human Rights CDO (Chief Diversity Officer)

Leathia Botello | Email Leathia
Dir/Multicult. Affairs (or designee)

Erin L. Rishling | Email Erin
Outreach Coord./Interntl. Prog. (or designee)

Aarika Dobbins | Emai Aarika
Coord./Disab. Sup Serv (or designee)

Izaiah Dolezal | Email Izaiah 
ASUI Director of Diversity Affairs (or designee)

Vivi Gonzales | Emai Vivi
Student (under-represented/served)(ASUI)

Elissa Keim | Email Elissa
Human Resources Rep. (or designee)

Julia Keleher | Email Julia
LGBTQA Coordinator (or designee)

Rhylee Marchand | Email Rhylee
Student (under-represented/served)(GPSA/SBA)

Lysa Salsbury | Email Lysa
Dir/Women's Center (or designee)

Jessica Samuels | Email Jessica 
Coord./Stud. Sup Serv (or designee)

Sydel Samuels | Emai Sydel
Dir. Native American Student Center or Tribal Liaison (or designee)

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Erin James, Chair

Mailing Address:

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Erin James, Chair

Mailing Address: