Working Towards a Better Tomorrow in Post-Secondary Education
Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. The Texas Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support professionals in the diversity and inclusion community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. We’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support.
The need for diversity officers is increasing at colleges and universities throughout the nation. To support these professionals, organizations such as the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education advocate for best practices and policies as they relate to inclusion and compliance on college campuses. And after nearly 5 years, the Texas Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (TADOHE) is in revival with new leadership following its first meeting which was held in late June at the University of Houston-Downtown.
TADOHE is exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, more specifically to provide resources and support for Texas colleges and university leaders who want to pursue institutional diversity-related policies, goals, and/or strategies regarding students, faculty, staff and/or administrators in accordance with the mission of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).
MESSAGE FROM THE PAST PRESIDENT
Dear TADOHE Members, Friends and Associates!!
I am pleased to announce that the TADOHE 2021 Elections have been finalized and certified by the required board members. We are so excited about our remarkable slate of officers who will serve as your TADOHE leadership team for the 2021-2023 term.
I have such pride and confidence in the team we have elected, having worked with each of them over the past few years, I can attest to their dedication to our mission. Each one of them is an outstanding professional who has demonstrated commitment, resourcefulness, and pride in helping to rebuild and revitalize our amazing organization.
Additionally, I want to give credit to the founding members of TADOHE who initiated the establishment of our chapter many years ago. They created a foundation upon which we will continue to build. Asante sana to the founders!!
Our new team will officially begin their duties on September 1, 2021, and we will all be working steadfastly together over the summer to ensure a successful transition from our current board to the new one. Please join me in congratulating our newly elected TADOHE Board!!
President: Skyller Walkes, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion I Assistant Professor of Instruction
The University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy
Executive Vice President: Robert Garcia M.Ed.
Assistant Director, Institutional Inclusive Excellence for Student Initiatives
Texas State University
Executive Assistant: Aliya Beavers, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
University of Houston – Clear Lake
Vice President of Communications: Kendra Wesson, M.Ed.
Assistant Director/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX Texas State University
Vice President of Corporate Relations: Sherri Benn, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Inclusive Excellence – Student Initiatives
Texas State University
Vice President of Finance: Sophia Chapman, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student Life and Director of Diversity, Chair, President’s Gender Equity Council Texas Tech University School of Law
Vice President of Membership: Stella Silva, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence – Faculty and Staff Initiatives Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Texas State University
Vice President of Student Development: Karina Ogunlana, M.Ed.
Residence Director, Department of Housing and Residential Life,
Texas State University
2019-2020 EXECUTIVE BOARD
Collaborative & Innovative
DR. SHERRI BENN, PRESIDENT
DR. STELLA SILVA, EX. VICE-PRESIDENT
ALIYA BEAVERS, SECRETARY
ROBERT GARCIA, TREASURER
Teamwork and outreach are at the core of our strategy. We invest heavily in supporting the development of integrated solutions and delivering measurable outcomes to college campuses and higher education leaders that need them most. Discover more about our innovative teams below and get in touch to stay up to date regarding our latest efforts.
The communications committee is responsible for developing, updating, monitoring and oversight of communications activities, maintaining membership distribution lists, overseeing electronic discussion groups, as well as recommending means by which the TADOHE Board communicates with its members and other interested parties through various media sources.
The Professional Development Committee oversees the coordination of speakers, program content and strategic updates for all state meetings, workshops, and conferences. Our members' continued development is one of our key areas of focus here at the Texas Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Get in touch with us today and see how you can lend a helping hand with our program development.
The finance committee is responsible for the development and recommendation of a framework for membership dues, ensuring the organization is financially viable and meeting its fiduciary and compliance responsibilities. It oversees development of the budget, ensures accurate tracking, monitoring, and accountability for funds, and reviews associated terms within any external grants.
MEMBERSHIP & CONNECTIONS
The Membership & Connections Committee develops recruitment strategies to advance the expansion of growth of TADOHE through membership and institutional affiliations. The committee develops new member packets for electronic distribution to new members and provides a general orientation to TADOHE for new members. Additionally, the committee represents the organization to the community; enhances the organization's image, including communications with the press.
MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
The marketing & social media committee develops strategies to positively promote TADOHE events, programs, and the overall identity of the organization through various mediums including social networking accounts. The committee implements social media strategies to promote the value of TADOHE membership and to support the promotional efforts of all TADOHE activities in collaboration with the Marketing Committee. Due to the nature of social media, the strategies must maintain a professional positive reflection upon TADOHE and its members.