Equity and Diversity Committee

Woodring College of Education strives to be inclusive of all diverse populations including, but not limited to, those who have experienced systemic social injustices based on their ethnicity, race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, language, socio-economic status, or religion.

Woodring College of Education is committed to transformational change that supports increased understanding and respect for differences and similarities among people and cultures. One of the ways the College fulfills this commitment is through the work of its Diversity Committee.


The Woodring College of Education Equity and Diversity Committee will recommend strategies and processes to :

  1. support the integration of diversity throughout curricula and field experiences for all Woodring students;
  2. attract and retain an increasingly diverse faculty, staff and student populations; and
  3. foster the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of individual members of the College about diversity, equity, and social justice.

The Diversity Committee will act in an advisory capacity to the Woodring Advisory Council to support institutional commitment of the goals. 


Membership is open to all Woodring College and Western Washington University faculty and staff who are committed to the charge of the committee. Members include representatives from Woodring faculty, staff and students from all departments, the Education Librarian, and the Assistant Vice president of Student Affairs, and interested administrators from the university.

If you are interested in joining, please contact one of the Co-Chairs.

Marisa Anderle Student, Woodring MIT Candidate
Susan Cahill Staff, Special Education and Education Leadership
Christina Carlson Staff, Secondary Education Department
Emma Caro Student, Compass2Campus program
David Carroll Faculty, Elementary Education
Hope Corbin Faculty, Human Services
Nat Reilly Woodring Recruiting and Retention Specialist
Gail Coulter Chair, Special Education
Karen Dade Associate Dean, Woodring College
Christine Espina Faculty, Interim Director - Nursing
Kristen French Director, Center for Educational Pluralism and Faculty, Elementary Education
Jillian Gooding Co-Chair, Staff, Teacher Education Outreach Programs
Stan Goto Faculty, Adult and Higher Education
Diana Gruman Faculty, Psychology
Sue Guenter-Schlesinger Executive Director/ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office
Bridget Kelley Faculty, Special Education
Lucy Lewis Faculty, Psychology
Cheryl Mathison Staff, Health and Community Studies
Elaine Mehary Staff, Secondary Education - Education & Social Justice Minor
Alison Merz Faculty, Special Education
Giovanni Milan Staff, VU Operations
Liz Mogford Faculty, Sociology
Kunle Ojikutu Assistant VP for Student Affairs
Francisco Rios Dean, Woodring College of Education
Shar Garo Staff, Compass2Campus
Shalini Singh Staff, Student Outreach Services
Lynda Spaulding Staff, Center for Educational Equity and Diversity (CEED)
Sonnet Sjuka Staff, Student Outreach Services 
Maria Timmons Flores Co-Chair, Faculty, Elementary Education
Joan Ullin Student Outreach Services
Veronica Velez Faculty, Secondary Education
Molly Ware Faculty, Secondary Education
Laura Wellington Director, Office of Field Experiences
Joy Wiggins Faculty, Elementary Education

Meeting Schedule

  • All are welcome to attend!
  • The Equity and Diversity Committee normally meets 8:30-9:50 in MH 158 the first Friday of each month, October-May, when classes are in session.
  • Contact Jillian at (425) 405-1646 or by email at Jillian.Gooding@wwu.edu.


Minutes Academic Term Academic Year
3/4/16 Winter 2015-2016
2/5/16 Winter 2015-2016
1/8/16 Winter 2015-2016
12/04/15 Fall 2015-2016
11/13/15 Fall 2015-2016
6/5/15 Spring 2014-2015
5/1/15 Spring 2014-2015
4/3/15 Spring 2014-2015
3/6/15 Winter 2014-2015
2/6/15 Winter 2014-2015