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Equity Council

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Message from the Dean, Dr. Dale Stephenson

Welcome to the webpage of the College of Health and Human Service’s Equity Council.

As dean, I am dedicated to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion is structurally infused in all college curricula, policies, and procedures such that it furthers intercultural competency and empathy among all faculty, staff, and students. With the help of the equity council, it is my commitment that the college will strive to achieve the equity council’s vision, mission, and objectives stated in the ribbon below and continuously serve our university and region through a morally focused lens of social justice.

Thank you,
Dean, Dale Stephenson

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Mensaje del Decano, Dr. Dale Stephenson

Bienvenido a la página web del Consejo de Equidad de la Facultad de Salud y Servicios Humanos.

Como decano, me dedico a asegurar que la diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión se infunda estructuralmente en todos los planes de estudios, políticas y procedimientos universitarios de manera que fomente la competencia intercultural y la empatía entre todos los profesores, el personal y los estudiantes. Con la ayuda del consejo de equidad, es mi compromiso que la universidad se esforzará por lograr la visión, misión y objetivos del consejo de equidad establecidos en la cinta a continuación y servir continuamente a nuestra universidad y región a través de una lente de justicia social centrada en la moral.

Gracias,
Decano, Dale Stephenson

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Semester Speaker Series


Dr. David Childs

Dr. David Childs
Upcoming Fall 2021 DEI Speaker
Date TBD

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Mission &
Vision Statement


The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) seeks to foster a culture that reflects the commitment of the College and NKU to embrace and uplift the unique differences of our students, staff, and faculty. Those differences serve to create an environment where we thrive and excel, knowing that celebrated differences enrich and strengthen society overall. CHHS strives to be the first choice higher education destination for students seeking to earn a health-related degree, as well as its staff and faculty, with a focus on developing and imbedding a strong sense of belonging, culture, and holistic success.

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Council
Objectives


  • Data Collection
  • ​Intercultural Development Training ​
  • Creation of Pipelines​
  • Review of Current Policies, Practices, Processes​
  • CHHS Marketing/Advertising 
  • ​CHHS Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow(s)​
  • Ongoing Discussions​
  • Periodic CHHS Forums ​
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Intercultural Development
Inventory Initiative


The Equity Council, with support of Dean, Dr. Dale Stephenson, brought the Intercultural Development Inventory Workshop to the College of Health and Human Services. President and CEO, John Hawkins, from Management Performance International (MPI) Consulting presented to the Extended Leadership Team and Equity Council in CHHS on October 30, 2020.

Members of the Extended Leadership Team and Equity Council were asked to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to assess where each individual aligned on the cultural competency continuum in an effort to better understand where we align as a college. In a Message from the Dean, Dr. Stephenson says this ongoing work is an effort to "continue the momentum of bringing social justice to all segments of our society." 

Learn More

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Monthly Spotlight Series


In celebration of our diversity, the Equity Council will be highlighting CHHS students, staff, and faculty in our Monthly CHHS Equity Council Spotlight. Throughout the year, we will showcase those who exemplify the month-long observances.

This nomination process is open to all faculty, staff, and students to nominate anyone else in CHHS for recognition. Self-nominations and nominations of others will be accepted.  

To have your nomination included in a specific month, please ensure that it is submitted at least 1 week prior to the start of the new month. 

Submit a Nomination

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Connect with the
Center for Student Inclusiveness

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The Center for Student Inclusiveness includes African-American Student Initiatives, Latino Programs and Services, LGBTQ Programs and Services, the Office for Student Accessibility, Norse Violence Prevention, and Parents Attending College. These departments keep their strong brand and identity with the Center for Student Inclusiveness serving as catalyst for inclusion, diversity, collaboration and innovation. The Center for Student Inclusiveness is a progressive and transformative approach that places inclusive excellence at the center of student life and provides student centered programming that aligns with NKU’s core value of being “a community that embraces inclusiveness, diversity, and global awareness.”

We encourage you to stop by the Center, located in Student Union 309, to see the resources available and discover ways you can get involved on campus. 

Visit CSI

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Bias Incident Report

Have you witnessed or been the recipient of a bias-motivated incident? Please visit the Bias Incident Response Protocol through the Office of Inclusive Excellence here:  Submit Report

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Norse Violence Prevention

NVP provides advocacy services to students impacted by sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in addition to prevention programming across campus.

Phone: (859) 572-5865
E-mail: nvp@nku.edu

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Student Opportunities

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Equity Council Student Representative 

This application is for individuals who are willing to serve as a Student Representative on the Equity Council for the College of Health & Human Services (CHHS). 

The CHHS Equity Council is welcoming Student Representatives to voice their concerns, share their goals, and represent other CHHS students, to foster a culture that reflects the commitment of NKU to embrace and uplift the unique differences of our students, staff, and faculty. Those differences serve to create an environment where we thrive and excel, knowing that celebrated differences enrich and strengthen society overall. 

Students selected will be asked to attend CHHS Equity Council meetings (typically once a month). If interested, students should meet the following qualifications before applying:

  • a current CHHS student (undergraduate or graduate)-
  • willing/able to attend monthly meetings (clinical absence may be awarded)
  • able to serve a full academic year (both Fall & Spring semesters)

Submit Application


Student Equity Council 

The Equity Council hopes to work with our student population to develop a Student Equity Council in an effort to remain cognizant of CHHS students' needs. This Equity Council will begin taking applications in the Fall 2021 semester with a start date in the Spring 2022 semester.

Application will go live in Fall 2021.

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Meet the Council


Vanessa Hunn

Dr. Vanessa Hunn

Associate Dean, Equity Council Director  
College of Health & Human Services
hunnv1@nku.edu

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Caitlin Drouillard-Ahlrichs

Caitlin Drouillard-Ahlrichs

Academic Advisor, Equity Council Recorder  
College of Health & Human Services
drouillarc1@nku.edu

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Jitana Benton-Lee

Dr. Jitana Benton-Lee

Associate Professor, DNP & MSN Programs  
College of Health & Human Services
bentonleej1@nku.edu

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Lynn Zajac

Dr. Lynn Zajac

Associate Professor, Graduate Faculty  
College of Health & Human Services
zajacl1@nku.edu

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Rhyanne McDade

Dr. Rhyanne McDade

Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow  
College of Health & Human Services
mcdader2@nku.edu

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Suk-hee Kim

Dr. Suk-hee Kim

Associate Professor, School of Social Work  
College of Health & Human Services
kims16@nku.edu

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David Tataw

Dr. David Tataw

MS Health Science Program Director
College of Health & Human Services
tatawd1@nku.edu

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Joe Cress

Dr. Joseph Cress

Assistant Professor, Radiologic Science Program
College of Health & Human Services
cressj2@nku.edu

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Caroline Macke

Dr. Caroline Macke

Associate Professor, School of Social Work
College of Health & Human Services
mackec1@nku.edu

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Alma Mattocks

Alma Mattocks

Athletic Training and Clinical Education
College of Health & Human Services
mattocksa1@nku.edu

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Deb Henry

Deb Henry

Academic Advisor
College of Health & Human Services
henryde@nku.edu

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Tom Liauba

Tom Liauba

Academic Advisor
College of Health & Human Services
liaubat1@nku.edu

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Nick Pflum

Nick Pflum

Academic Advisor
College of Health & Human Services
pflumn1@nku.edu

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Jasmine Riddlespriger

Academic Advisor
College of Health & Human Services
riddlesprj1@nku.edu

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Allison Schmidt

Program Coordinator, FUEL NKU
College of Health & Human Services
schmidta8@nku.edu

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Richard Pessagno

Faculty, Nursing Graduate Studies
College of Health & Human Services
pessagnor1@nku.edu

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