Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Dean's Diversity Council


To promote a culturally and intellectually rich environment for diversity and inclusion, and to support the educational success and personal development of all members of the Washkewicz College of Engineering.


  • Enrich the campus climate for diversity and inclusion
  • Strengthen recruitment, retention, achievement and graduation of diverse populations of students
  • Strengthen and promote multicultural programs


  • Council consists of faculty, staff, students, and persons from outside the college and from the community
  • Members have two-year terms, for a maximum of four terms
  • Leadership consists of Chair, Co-Chair, and Immediate Past-Chair
  • Commitment of two to three meetings or activities per semester
2022-2023 Diversity Council  
Chair, Ms. Audrey M. Wiggins, Communications Coordinator  
Co-Chair, Dr. Jorge Gatica, Professor, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering  
Ex-Officio, Dr. Richard Schoephoerster, Dean and Professor  
Immediate Past Chair, Dr. Sanchita Mal-Sarkar, Associate College Lecturer, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science  
Mr. Nathanael Ahiagbedey, Student Representative, NSBE, CE, ECS, MTH2  
Mr. Toufik Aidja, Associate College Lecturer, Engineering Technology  
Ms. Angela Benton-Smith, Program Manager, Engineering Diversity  
Dr. Tushar Bokar, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering  
Mr. Marzell Brown, Industry, Digital Transformation Manager, Global Academic Organization at Rockwell Automation  
Ms. Lillian F. Chan, Student Representative, SWE, Phi Sigma Rho, CE, CS2, MTH2  
Dr. Sunnie Chung, Associate Professor of Practice, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science  
Dr. Brian Davis, Associate Dean and Professor  
Dr. Lili Dong, Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science  
Ms. Eilyn S Henriquez Quinteros, Student Representative, SHPE, CE, CS2, MTH2  
Mr. Bogdan Kozul, Assistant Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering  
Mrs. Teresa Lindsey, Industry, CEO, Channel Products  
Mr. Ryan Molina, Student Representative, SHPE, MCT  
Dr. Josiah S Owusu-Danquah, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering  
Mr. Nicholas Petty, Director, Undergraduate Inclusive Excellence  
Dr. Celena Roebuck, Part-time Instructor, Accounting, Monte Ahuja College of Business  
Dr. Eric Schearer, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering