Inclusion and Diversity Council

Formed in May of 2016, the Inclusion and Diversity Council was created to serve as the primary organizing body for long-term diversity and inclusion efforts at Daemen College. The group has been charged with renewing Daemen's diversity strategic plan and leading the college in a new direction as we seek to serve an incredibly diverse and ever-changing population of students, faculty, and staff.  In addition to its work on the diversity strategic plan, the council will also serve as an advisory board throughout the year. The group will work to address concerns and provide solutions to campus-wide issues as they relate to diversity and inclusion.

This group of IDC members consists of a wonderful mix of both long-time and new Daemen faculty and staff, as well as student leaders. The group is co-chaired by one faculty member and one staff member, with the Chief Diversity Officer serving in an ex-officio role. This helps us to ensure that we are providing a voice and meeting the needs of our entire community. IDC members are appointed for a two-year term and invited by Daemen's president, Dr. Gary Olson, to serve in this important role. The IDC members for 2020-2022 are:


Diane Bessel, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Social Work and Undergrad Program Director

Eann Robinson - Assistant Director, Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program

Elizabeth Renner - ​Coordinator, Global Programs

Hamish Dalley, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of English

Heike Peckruhn, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Jeremy Hall - Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Karen Cash - Special Assistant to the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Karen Roehling - Assistant Athletic Trainer and Adjunct Instructor of Athletic Training

Lindsay R. Masters - Director of the Learning Center

Sharlene Buszka, Ph.D. - Associate Professor/Chair of Accounting and Business Administration 

Vanessa Patrone - Assistant Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis

Whitney Mendel, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Public Health

Tiffany L. Hamilton - Chief Diversity Officer (Ex-officio)

Dasia Morman - Assistant Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion (Ex-officio)

We welcome your ideas, thoughts, and concerns. Our goal is to make Daemen a warm, welcoming, and inclusive place for every member of our community.