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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


Ariana Suaste
Student (under-rep/served) (ASUI)

Andre Corpus
Student (under-rep/served) (GPSA/SBA)

Valeria Ramirez
ASUI Director of Diversity Affairs (or designee)

Amy Taylor
Center for Disability Access and Resources (or designee)

John Myers
Coord/Stud. Support Services (or designee)

Alejandra Gonazalez 
Dir./Multicultural Affairs (or designee)

Jackie Sedano
Dir./Women's Center (or designee)

Yolanda Bisbee
Dir./Diversity and Equity (chief diversity officer)

Mary Ellen Brewick
Dir./International Programs (or designee)

Julia Keleher
LGBTQA Coordinator (or designee)

Elissa Keim
Human Resources Rep. (or designee)

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

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Jan Johnson, Chair