Inclusion and Diversity Action Council

The College of IST’s Inclusion and Diversity Action Council strives to positively impact the college’s climate and provide opportunities for Council members to work on their area of interest. Through our work, we aim to:

  • recommend, review and create policies and practices that build equity into the climate so college stakeholders matriculate in a physically, emotionally, and socially safe place
  • create and sustain positive, supportive, and creative classroom environments where students can successfully, creatively, and confidently gain and demonstrate their knowledge and beliefs about the subject matter at hand
  • create, support, and implement programming that demonstrates, highlights, and supports awareness, respect, understanding, and acceptance of the diversity in the college
  • be responsive to issues and challenges in and between constituent groups in the college
  • determine the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion integration in the college
  • ensure the college is aligned with the University's charge for inclusion and diversity

Ways to Get Involved

  • Book Club – Members of the IST community are invited to read and join facilitated discussions about a common book
  • Common Hour – Common Hour is a facilitator-led open forum for the IST community to examine an idea or respond to an event that has captured widespread attention. Topics may include diversity and inclusion in technology, current social trends, and national and international events that change how we think, live, and work.
  • Open TABLE (Talking About Backgrounds and Lived Experiences) – Open TABLE is an opportunity for IST faculty and staff to come together as a community for an open-minded conversation that honors all viewpoints and perspectives. Lunch is provided.


IDAC is comprised of a diverse group of tenure and tenure-track faculty, fixed-term faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, academic services staff, administrative operations staff, and representatives from the college’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity Engagement.

Current members include:

  • Karen Brewster
  • Kristina Bryan
  • Megan Costello
  • Allie Ellison
  • Jason Gines
  • Michael Hills
  • Madhavi Kari
  • Sharon Lazarow
  • Meggan MacDonald
  • Kali McKeehan
  • Kaitlin Nelson
  • Sarah Rajtmajer
  • Jamie Reep
  • Marc Rigas
  • Sarah Stager
  • Kevin Sylvester
  • Cindy Titsler