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Diversity Committee

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is a group of people engaged in critical conversations about multicultural issues within ourselves, within the group, and in the community around us. Our mission is to equip individuals for educating, mentoring, serving, and actively engaging in opportunities that challenge stereotyped beliefs and create an atmosphere of openness, curiosity, inspiration, responsibility and concern for others.

The Diversity Committee was formed out of a need to engage University of Memphis graduate students in active dialogue on diversity issues. It has been many things over the years including a space for students to examine their own views, biases, and assumptions with support from peers, as well as a resource within the department to spearhead multicultural activities. The Diversity Committee aims to illuminate multiculturalism through explicit conversation within the campus community and active service to the community. Through our mission we also hope to be an integral catalyst for the training of internationally competent professionals steeped in the knowledge of social justice issues.

The Diversity Committee is housed in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research. Membership is open to any University of Memphis graduate student who is committed to the mission stated above regardless of their department. Please feel free to join us at a meeting or contact the committee officers for more information!

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Upcoming Events

Spring 2021

UofM International Student Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Support international students at the UofM facing unexpected expenses such as housing, health insurance, food, transportation and other essential needs. Support now via Cash App UofMDiversity. Visit of page to support LIVE on March 29th at momentum.memphis.edu

The Diversity Committee (housed in the CEPR department) is kicking off a fundraiser aimed at supporting international students who face unexpected expenses due to Covid-19. Anything from a direct donation (Cash App: $UofMDiversity) to a donation of your time is welcomed and appreciated! Additionally, stay tuned for our hosted cooking sessions featuring international students showcasing salient parts of their culture and diversity! This will start in Early April!

  • Community Conversation regarding Covid-19 and Racism, April 16, 3:30pm
  • Session on More Inclusive Classrooms, April 23, 1:00pm
  • Elections for Diversity Committee Executive Board, Late April-May
  • Diversity Committee International Education Services Cooking Series, Summer 2021

Meet the Diversity Committee

Diversity Committee Executive Board

Daniel Cruz Lattimore, President (He/him/his)
daniel.lattimore@memphis.edu

Daniel Cruz Lattimore

Daniel Cruz Lattimore is a doctoral candidate in the University of Memphis Counseling Psychology Doctoral program. His research interests include the functionality of humor in workplace settings, resilience of communities and diverse populations, and stress moderation. In all aspects of his life, he looks to encourage relationships through compassion and strategy. He is a proud member of APA Divisions 10, 13, 14, 17, 27, and 52. When he’s not working on his dissertation, you can find him practicing Latin dance steps or watching Marvel movies. 

 

Paige Dixon, Vice President (She/her/hers)
pdixon4@memphis.edu

Paige Dixon

Paige Dixon is the vice president of the Diversity Committee for 2020-2021 academic year. Prior to coming to the University of Memphis, Paige served as the Experimental Psychology Masters representative in the Diversity Committee in the Psychology Department at Georgia Southern University. Paige has been involved with the Diversity Committee since she started her first semester of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program in 2018. During her time with the Diversity Committee, Paige has served as the Clinical Mental Health Counseling representative and the Vice President for the 2019-2020 academic year. Paige hails most recently from southern, rural Georgia, but has lived in small and large cities up and down the eastern coast of the United States. Paige will be graduating from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the August 2020 and will be entering the Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program in the Fall of 2020. Paige has been inspired by the amazing committee members that she has been able to work with who have encouraged her and challenged her to grow. Together, the DC members have continued to develop and expand the Diversity Committee and its impact on the university and the community. Paige looks forward to getting started with the new academic year and seeing the DC step up for social justice and the needs of our community.

Kathryn Winsley, Secretary (She/her/hers)
kwinsley@memphis.edu

Kathyrn Winsley

Kathryn Winsley is a Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student from Brandon, Mississippi. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a double minor in Criminal Justice & Sociology from the University of Southern Mississippi. From there, Kathryn moved on to receive her Master’s degree in General Psychology from the University of Memphis. Kathryn has a life-long passion for volunteerism, civility, advocacy, and diversity.

 


Meera Patel, Treasurer (She/her/hers)

mbpatel@memphis.edu

Meera Patel

Meera Patel is a Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student and will be serving as the Treasurer to the Diversity Committee for the 2020-2021 school year. She is a Masters’ graduate of Lincoln Memorial University Counseling program with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling. She completed her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her ongoing clinical research interests include addictive disorders, criminal behavior, and personality disorders. In her free time, she spends time with her two African Grey parrots and dog.

 


Raven Cohen, Event Coordinator (She/her/hers)

rcohen2@memphis.edu

Raven Cohen

Raven Cohen is a second-year student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program and will be serving as the Event Coordinator to the Diversity Committee for the 2020-2021 school year. She previously graduated with Master’s degrees in School Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Rhode Island and University of Memphis, respectively. Raven is currently a graduate assistant in inclusion and sexual diversity in the Office of Multicultural Affairs where she works to create and maintain a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for LGBTQIA+ students. Outside of her professional life, Raven enjoys spending time with her two rescue dogs, spending time outdoors, and skating with Memphis Roller Derby. Raven looks forward to collaborating with committee members to create opportunities that help build and maintain cultural competency.


Diversity Committee Officers

Dorothy'e Gott, Fundraising Officer (She/her/hers)
dhgott@memphis.edu

Dorothy'e Gott photoDorothy'e Gott is a doctoral candidate in the University of Memphis Counseling Psychology program. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, she also completed her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Memphis. Dorothy'e has a passion for social justice and advocacy, and her research interests encompass mental health services utilization amongst Black communities and experiences of motherhood and mental health for Black mothers. She currently also serves as the campus representative for the Society for the Psychology of Women (Div. 35).

 

 


Brandon Kimler, ICL Graduate Student Representative (He/him/his)

bkimler@memphis.edu

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Brandon Kimler is a student in the Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL) Master of Science program. He completed his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Memphis in 2015 and, after graduating, spent several years working as a personal trainer specializing in kinesthetics and rehabilitation. Brandon's desire to promote mindfulness and positive thinking have led to his interest in researching practices aimed at building quality communication and cogenerative spaces. In his free time, Brandon enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, and spoiling his three cats. 

 

 


Alexandria Littlejohn, CPSY First-Year Representative and Webmaster (She/her/hers)

heilmann@memphis.edu

Alexandria Littlejohn photoAlexandria Littlejohn is a Memphis native and a first-year Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student. She recently graduated with her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Memphis. While obtaining her master's degree, she served a two-year term as the Master's President Elect and Co-President for the Kappa Zeta Chapter of the international honor society, Chi Sigma Iota. Prior to receiving her master's degree, Alexandria completed her Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Counseling and Psychology at The University of Memphis. She has a passion for diversity, social justice, and advocacy, which is reflected in her research interests. In her free time, Alexandria enjoys spending time with her partner and their rescue animals, traveling, and spending time outdoors.


Suha Dweik, CMHC Student Representative (She/her/hers)
sdweik@memphis.edu

Suha Dweik photoSuha Dweik is in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a B.S. in Psychology and a double minor in French and Chemistry. She is passionate about volunteering and is active in her local community, serving on the board of the Memphis Islamic Center since 2018. She is also the Social Chair of the University of Memphis CSI Chapter. As someone who considers herself bi-cultural, Suha is interested in using her bilingual skills to work with and learn how to better serve minority clients, especially immigrants and refugees. In her free time Suha enjoys spending quality time with her two kids, rollerblading, and reading.


Alma H. Rutledge, Higher and Adult Education Student Representative (She/her/hers)
hrtldge1@memphis.edu
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Alma H. Rutledge is in her 2nd year of pursuing an Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2015 followed by an M.B.A. in 2016 from Union University in Jackson, TN. Through her time at Union University, she served in MOSAIC (Making Opportunities Strengthening an Intercultural Community) as president and later as a staff advisor. Through these roles, she discovered her passion for equity, inclusion, and diversity. Currently, she serves as the Title III IDEAS (Inclusive Design for Equity in Academic Success) Project Activities Director which focuses on closing achievement gaps, creating equity and inclusion professional development opportunities, and increasing data capacity for the institution. As a first-generation graduate, Alma feels strongly about mentoring the next generation of leaders and has served as a tnAchieves mentor for the past 4 years. She looks forward to being able to apply her passion and experiences to bring about systemic change and contribute to the growth of the Memphis community.

Faculty Advisor

Chelsea Liddell (She/her/hers)
cdlddell@memphis.edu
Chelsea LiddellChelsea Liddell is originally from Paragould, Arkansas, and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Music, as well as her Master of Science in Psychology, at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. During her time at Arkansas Tech, she focused on issues within the LGBTQ+ community, and continues that focus in a lot of her work today. She has 7 years of experience teaching psychology in the community college and university setting. Currently, she is the Program Manager for Student Inclusion in the Office of Multicultural Affairs where she advises several student organizations, develops and conducts diversity and inclusion programming and training, and assists with other programming produced by the office.


Previous events include:

Diversity Committee Events Fall 2020

  • White Fragility Discussion in Academia on Saturday, October 24th
  • Community Conversation and Dialogue on Thursday, November 5th
  • Unity Walk Against Gun Violence  on Saturday, November 14th

Diversity Committee Events Fall 2019-Spring 2020:

  • Working with religious LGBTQ populations, Dr. Tyler Lefevor, Rhodes College
  • Attended Midsouth Pride Festival as a group, downtown Memphis
  • Working with immigrant populations, Angela Rusk, M.A., Exchange Club/Kindred Place
  • Counselors in Living Color, Black History Month Event, U of M
  • St. Jude Marathon Volunteers: Spirit Stations

 

Prospective members can email Daniel C. Lattimore (dclttmre@memphis.edu), look at our Diversity Committee Facebook page, or look for the Diversity Committee emails that come out over the CEPR listserv for more information.