College of Education Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity

The College of Education is committed to supporting the value of diversity and inclusivity among its students, faculty, and staff, and in the learning experiences, scholarship, and community engagement taking place at all levels, including ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, sexual orientation, social class, ability and age. We believe the quality of teaching and human services is enriched by differences in perspectives shaped by diversity. One of the important goals of achieving diversity in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University and in our society is to provide support and empathy for all groups that have historically been discriminated against, excluded or marginalized in our schools, our institutions and in our society. The College of Education is committed to fostering student and faculty experiences, community relationships, curricula and governance accountability essential to creating an inclusive environment for all. The College of Education prepares teachers and human service providers to work with culturally diverse learners and clients and to foster a climate of respect and open dialogue among students and faculty of all ethnicities and orientations.

College of Education Policy Statement

Diversity Committee

The College of Education Diversity Committee serves as an advisory body to the Dean and the faculty of the College of Education on matters pertaining to the building and effective maintenance of programming, recruitment and organizational climate hospitable to equity in the context of diversity and inclusion. The committee supports the commitment of the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University to preparing professionals for effective participation in diverse professional and civic environments and recognizes the value of diversity among administrators, faculty, staff and students in fulfilling this goal.

The committee is composed of members from each of the College of Education’s academic departments and the Office for Academic and Student Services, and from the undergraduate and graduate student body. The committee members act as liaisons with their Departments to ensure that committee recommendations are considered in the development of Department diversity plans and curricular offerings. The chair of this committee is elected bi-annually by the committee members. The chairperson of the committee shall be a College representative to the University Diversity Council. To the extent possible, the committee shall be composed of members who represent diversity in terms of experiential and/or demographic background, and campus location (e.g. Jupiter, Davie, Boca).

The committee is charged with:

  • promoting the education of our students for effective and equitable professional practice and leadership at the local, state, national, and international level;
  • supporting College departments’ initiatives and issues related to diversity and inclusivity;
  • recommending policies and procedures on diversity and inclusivity to the College and the University; and
  • supporting the active participation of faculty and student in events and activities related to diversity and inclusivity at the local, state, national, and international level.

Dilys Schoorman - Committee Chair Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry
Hanizah Zainuddin Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry
Joe Waters Office for Academic and Student Services
Angela Rhone Teaching & Learning
Suzanne Lapp Teaching & Learning
Carol Tessel Communication Sciences and Disorders
Ayse Torres Counselor Education
Maria Vasquez Educational Leadership & Research Methodology, Appreciative Education
Charles Dukes Exceptional Student Education

Ex Officio

Patty Kirsch Accreditation, Assessment and Analytics
Laura Cushing Accreditation, Assessment and Analytics
Kathy Diaz Accreditation, Assessment and Analytics

Records of Meetings

Student Support



The COE Diversity Committee has identified competence in the skill of academic writing as a strong predictor of student success. The Committee has also found that undergraduate and graduate students from traditionally underserved populations have the greatest need for support in areas of foundational writing skills in both content and style. That said, research has also found that close to 60% of students nationwide fall short of academic writing excellence.

FAU offers several options for faculty and students to receive academic writing support, both in-person and online. For more information on these programs and available schedules, see:

Community Center for Excellence in Writing

University Center for Excellence in Writing (UCEW)

The UCEW offers Online Tutoring Sessions which may be particularly helpful for working undergraduate and graduate studes.

Writing Across the Curriculum


A compilation of research and scholarly publications that focus on diversity-related themes, selected by the committee through an open invitation and screening process.

Publications (books, chapters, articles)

Include full citation and permanent link if possible.


Include full title, and can include pdf versions of unpublished research.

Professional Development

A collection of learning resources freely available to all faculty, staff, and students intended to provide education and training in topics related to cultural sensitivity, bias reduction, culturally responsive pedagogy, critical race theory.

Last modified: September 19 2019.