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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


Zach Kayler (Chair)

Caitlin Cieslik-Miskmen

Aleksandra Hollingshead

Krista Soria

Kali Armitage

David Gutierrez-Aguirre

Daniel Carranza

Abbey Rode

Natalie Suaste
ASUI Director of Diversity Affairs (or designee)

Erin Sutton
Director, Disability Access and Resources (or designee)

Coord/Stud. Support Services (or designee)

Jesse Martinez
Dir./Multicultural Affairs (or designee)

Omni Francetich
Dir./Women's Center (or designee)

Yolanda Bisbee
Diversity and Human Rights CDO (chief diversity officer)

Adriana Ota-Kotner
Dir./International Programs (or designee)

Julia Keleher
LGBTQA Coordinator (or designee)

Brandi Terwilliger
Human Resources Rep. (or designee)

Sydel Samuels
Dir./Native American Student Center (or designee)

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Zachary Kayler, Chair