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President's Committee on Diversity

The 25-person Committee on Diversity represents students, faculty and staff of Northern Michigan University. The committee in its current format was created in the Fall of 2012. Previously it was known as the Ethnic Culture Diversity Committee (ECDC). The revised committee now includes a wider representation across the university and into the local community, alumni base and supporters of NMU. A goal of the committee is to heighten the awareness of diversity and increase inclusion opportunities throughout NMU and the Upper Peninsula.

Committee Member Appointments 

Applications for this year's vacancies reached over 30 for the five available committee seats. This is a wonderful sign that many people on Northern’s campus care about diversity, inclusion, and equity issues. Our committee would like to thank all candidates for their time and effort.

The following will begin their terms beginning February 21, 2020:

  • Ms. Diana Vreeland, Director, International Programs; Ex-officio Appointment
  • Dr. Mlado Ivanovic, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy; Faculty Appointment
  • Mr. Ismail Msuya, Web Design/Developer, Olson Library; Staff Appointment
  • Miss Diana Antonio, Pre-Med: Biochemistry, Spanish major, expected graduation May 2023; Student Appointment
  • Mr. Jesús Quintana, Entrepreneurship, expected graduation May 2020; Student Appointment
  • Mr. Bazile Panek, Native American Studies, expected graduation May 2022; Student Appointment

Diversity Statement

Northern Michigan University strives to be an inclusive community where differences are recognized as assets of the institution, respected attributes of the person and a valuable part of the university experience.

Learn more about the goals of the committee



The14th annual UNITED Conference, September 23-24, 2019. UNITED is NMUThe 2019 <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/diversitycommittee/reading">Diversity Common Reader</a> book selection is Redefining Realness by Janet Mock.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion501 Cohodas Halldiversity@nmu.edu906-227-2000