Advancing equity, diversity and inclusion

The Dean's Advisory Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU is charged with making recommendations for activities, policies and practices that will improve The College climate and culture, enhance diversity and inclusion, expand access to resources that address issues of difference and power, and improve equity in teaching and learning.

Committee members advocate for The College community with the hope that The College will become a place where equity, diversity and inclusion are embedded in all aspects of the community — enabling all students, faculty and staff to thrive.

Advisory Council achievements

In partnership with The College's Chief Diversity Officer, the Advisory Council has accomplished several objectives since its establishment as a standing committee. Notable achievements are listed below.

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Implemented new criteria for annual assessments of chairs and directors related to unit-level diversity efforts.


Initiated multiple faculty cluster hires, aimed at hiring faculty of color.


Implemented new recruitment and hiring procedures for all faculty hires and trained chairs, directors and search committees on best practices for recruitment and hiring, including developing a written guide.


Analyzed applicant pool and hiring data for the past six years for gender and ethnicity.


Analyzed tenure-track faculty retention data for the past seven years for gender, ethnicity and rank.


Worked with several units to pilot the development of promotion and tenure criteria to recognize efforts and contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Presented a series of workshops on inclusive pedagogy in fall 2020 and spring 2021.


Initiated a Summer Faculty Fellows program focused on diversity, equity and inclusion with six faculty members in the first cohort. Fellows will be presenting their findings in the spring 2022.


Shared materials with colleges and units across the university on best practices for diverse hiring, evaluating a diversity statement and creating rubrics for evaluating applications.


Coordinated an antiracism workshop, hosted by the Chief Diversity Officer, for The College chairs and directors.


Recommended policies to the Office of the President and Office of the University Provost regarding staffing and inclusion awareness in various settings across the campus, including at ASU's multicultural center.


Tested several online trainings on equity, diversity and inclusion issues.


Trained dean search committees, including at Barrett, The Honors College, on inclusive practices.


Developed pilot diversity, equity and inclusion items to be incorporated campus-wide on annual performance reviews.


Examined policies and procedures in writing centers for both international and first-generation students.

About our committee members

Leslie Alexander is an associate professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and the School of Social Transformation. She specializes in early African American and African Diaspora history, particularly late 18th and early 19th century Black culture, political consciousness and resistance movements. Her forthcoming book, “Fear of a Black Republic: African Americans, Haiti, and the Birth of Black Internationalism” explores how Haitian independence influenced the rise of Black internationalism in the U.S.
Alex Aviña is an associate professor of Latin American history in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. His current research project explores the links between the political economy of narcotics, drug wars and state violence in 1960s and 70s Mexico.
Sara Brownell is a professor in the School of Life Sciences. As a biology education researcher, she explores how to make undergraduate biology learning environments more inclusive, specifically for women, religious students, LGBTQ+ students, transfer students and students with disabilities. She is the Director of the Research for Inclusive STEM Education (RISE) Center at ASU.
Sookja Cho is an associate professor of Korean and comparative literature in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University. Her research fields include pre-modern Korean and Chinese literature and culture, Sino-Korean exchange and East Asian comparative literature, performance literature, and oral storytelling and folk literature.

Hilairy Hartnett is a professor with joint appointments in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences. She joined ASU in 2003 and her research interests focus on biogeochemistry, astrobiology and organic geochemistry, urban ecology and anthropocene science. She is the Associate Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Linda Luecken serves as the associate dean of faculty for The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and has been a member of the clinical and developmental psychology faculty at ASU since 2000. Her research interests include health psychology; women's health; social, developmental, and personality predictors of cardiovascular and hormonal stress reactivity; and the impact of early intervention on the development of biological stress regulation.

Lisa Magaña is the chair of the committee and is a professor in the School of Transborder Studies. She is also an affiliate faculty in the School of Politics and Global Studies and in the Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research. Her work looks at immigration and Latino public policy issues. On these topics, she has authored several books and articles and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets.
Fabio Milner is the associate dean of graduate initiatives for The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and has been a member of the applied mathematics and mathematics education faculty at ASU since 2008. He is the director of mathematics for STEM education in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and the assistant director of the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center, as well as affiliated faculty in the MLF Teachers College. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).
Adam Seagrave is an associate director in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and associate director of the Center for Political Thought and Leadership. His teaching and research focus on American political principles, including both their application in American political history and their antecedents in intellectual history.

Arvind Varsani is an associate professor in the School of Life Sciences, the Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics and the Center for Evolution and Medicine. He also serves as associate faculty in the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution. His research uses a combination of traditional virology, microscopy, molecular and cellular biology techniques in conjunction with modern sequencing techniques, synthetic biology and bioinformatics to characterise viruses and understand their dynamics.
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Sujey Vega is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and affiliate faculty member in the School of Transborder Studies and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Her research explores the every day lived experiences of Latina/os in the U.S.

Mako Fitts Ward is an assistant professor of African and African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation. Her teaching and research focus on intersectional, feminist analyses of popular culture, specifically urban youth cultures and their impact on contemporary social movements. She also works with diversity, equity and inclusion strategists across the country to give organizational leaders the tools they need to build equitable work environments. 
Kyle Wilson is the Indigenous rhetoric coordinator in the Department of English and also serves as affiliated faculty in American Indian Studies and honors faculty in Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. He started and directs Project Communal Effort at ASU, a student-run group that organizes fundraisers to benefit local indigenous families facing disparities. His poems have been published in Rattle, Arizona Highways, Arizona Republic, Red Ink and more.


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