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DEIB Councils

Mission for DEIB Council

DEIB Council 

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Council's mission is to work together to ignite and lead the diversity and inclusion process at the university. The council serves as a critical driver in fostering change by developing and championing policies, procedures or activities to create a welcoming environment for the campus community. The current members of the council are:

  • Tanisha Bomani, director of human resources
  • Dr. Rhett Brown, university president
  • Dr. Michelle Chaplain, associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor
  • Dr. Reeti Douglas, assistant professor of occupational therapy
  • Dr. Tarra Ellis, assistant professor of education
  • Dr. Carrie Hoefferle, professor of history and dean of Cannon School of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Antonio Jefferson, assistant vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Marcus Kirkland, director of diversity and inclusion for athletics
  • Scott Lail, assistant professor of accounting
  • Dr. Dana Patterson, chief diversity officer
  • Ben Sidbury, general counsel and chief of staff
  • Dr. April Smith, assistant vice president for community standards
  • Kristin Wharton, executive director of the academic resource center
  • Jordan Wilson, associate professor of voice
  • Nana Wolfe-Hill, associate professor and associate director of choral activities

DEIB Council

Dr. Rhett Brown


Dr. Michelle Chaplin

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor

Dr. Reeti Douglas

Doctoral Capstone Coordinator, Assistant Professor

Dr. Tarra Ellis

Associate Professor, Education, History & Education Program Coordinator, edTPA Coordinator

Dr. Carrie Hoefferle

Dean of Arts and Sciences, Professor of History

Dr. Scott Lail

Assistant Professor, Accounting, Advisor, Zeta Tau Academic Honor Society, Advisor, Zeta Tau Academic Honor Society

Dr. Dana Patterson

VP and Chief Diversity Officer

Ben Sidbury

General Counsel and Senior Vice President

Dr. April Smith

Associate Vice President of Institutional Integrity & Title IX Coordinator

Ms. Kristin Wharton

Executive Director of the ARC

Jordan Wilson

Assistant Dean, Honors College, Associate Professor, Voice

Nana Wolfe-Hill

Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor

Student DEIB Council

Wingate University's Student Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Council cultivates an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students through action and engagement in anti-discriminatory practices, anti-racism education, student empowerment, and campus integration.

2021-2022 Members

  • Ra'saun Lakeith Elliott, Vocal Performance, '22
  • Paris Friday, Doctor of Pharmacy, '23
  • Carla Gomez Laguna, Political Science, '22
  • Devansh J. Mehta, Political Science, '24
  • Janvi Patel, Finance, '23
  • Terrigin Pompey, Biology, '24
  • Jayda E. Prezeau, Pre-Med, '23
  • Taylor Stachnik, Psychology, '22
  • Jessica Thomas, Biology (Pre-PA), '24
  • Briana N. Tompkins, Nursing, '23
  • Emiyah M. Watkins, Political Science, '23
  • Leila-Therese Woel, Criminal Justice, '23
  • Alisha Woodside, Doctor of OT, '23