Provost Advisory Committee on Diversity

Wise photoLaunched in the summer of 2014, the committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students and embraces a very broad definition of diversity.  The work being done to embrace diversity is not only reflected in Hilbert’s mission and strategic plan but potentially impacts student, faculty, and staff recruitment and retention.  It is our desire to be proactive in our efforts to gradually change the culture of campus rather than await a crisis which could potentially lead to a less effective response.

Toward that end, the committee has begun to implement a number of initiatives that will come to fruition in the coming months.   Our kick-off efforts start with renowned speaker Tim Wise who will provide us a wonderful opportunity to begin to dialogue how we as a campus community can move ourselves from a culture of mere tolerance to one of acceptance.   To learn more about Tim Wise, visit his website at:

Additional information will be available on our diversity webpage in the near future to keep everyone informed of the ongoing activities of the committee. In the meantime, we have included our mission, purpose, goals, and membership guidelines below.


Sharon Sisti, Co-Chair
Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, Co-Chair


Mission:  The Provost’s Advisory Committee on Diversity is dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment, while providing a diverse and engaging campus experience for all faculty, staff, and students.

Purpose:  To serve as an advisory board on all issues related to diversity and inclusivity on-campus.  The council embraces a very broad definition of diversity, which includes seven key areas: 1) race/ethnicity 2) gender 3) age 4) socio-economic status 5) sexual orientation 6) spirituality/religion 7) disability.  The committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students and is committed to providing strategies on how to implement best practices as it relates to diversity.  Our work is aligned with the mission of the college, provost’s office, and the strategic planning goals.


–Assess the cultural climate of the institution and make recommendations for improvement to the Provost

–Increase diversity awareness on campus through education resources and professional development

–Advise the Provost on recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty, staff, and students

–Ensure that equity and diversity are integrated within the practices at Hilbert College

–Infuse various aspects of diversity across the campus community (i.e., AVP/CDO)

Membership Guidelines:
–All members will serve a minimum term of 2 years based on the academic calendar

–Attend all meetings monthly, or as needed

–In the occurrence that a spot becomes vacant in the middle of someone’s term, the committee will fill the vacancy the Provost will appoint members to the team in consultation with the committee

–A member of the offices of campus ministry, multicultural affairs, and retention will serve as ex-officio delegates.