About Cornish

Inclusivity & Diversity Committee

The Inclusivity & Diversity Committee (IDC) is an advisory committee of the President and serves as an important component of the college’s shared governance. Faculty, staff, and students serve on the IDC. Should you have an issue that you would like raised in the meetings, please contact the President's Office at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or any of the members of the committee.

Mission Statement

The Inclusion and Diversity Committee ensures that the college provides an inclusive culture where all in the Cornish community can work, teach, and learn in a supportive environment. The committee realizes this mission by:

  1. Promoting greater empathy and awareness in the college through inclusive learning and teaching practices.
  2. Influencing College policy.
  3. Fostering courageous dialog.
  4. Hosting, promoting, or contributing to events that add to our mission statement.

Membership 2016-17

  1. Dimitri Azadi (Disability Resource Specialist)
  2. Amina Blyden (Design Student)
  3. Jeff Brice (Design Chair)
  4. Joseph Canfield V.P. of Human Resources
  5. Sheila Daniels (Theater Faculty)
  6. Dawn Gavin (Visual Arts Interim Chair)
  7. Theresa C. Guerrero (Administrative Assistant, Preparatory Dance/Summer Dance)
  8. Brittany Henderson (Associate Dean of Student Life) *
  9. Peter Mack (Music Faculty)
  10. Wade Madsen (Dance Faculty)
  11. Melanie Muradian (Executive Assistant to the President)
  12. Jovino Santos Neto (Music Faculty) *
  13. Bridget Nowlin (Visual Arts Librarian)
  14. Timothy Piggee (Theater Faculty)
  15. Rob Rhee (Art Faculty) *
  16. Star Hang Nga Rush (Exec. Dir. of Institutional Effectiveness--Convener, Blog Writer/Manager) *
  17. Rhonda Soikowski (Theater faculty)
  18. Matthew Smucker (Performance Production Faculty)
  19. Sharron Starling (Director of Admissions)
  20. Lindsay Summers (CLSC/Study Body)
  21. Katie Trelstad (Foundations: HS Faculty -- Chair)
  22. Richard E.T. White, Theater Department Chair

*Members of the Racial Equity Subcommittee (REC)


IDC Blog

Why we shouldn’t forget presidents owned slaves

african american history month , black history month , history , poem , poetry

February is African American History Month in the U.S.  Clint Smith is a poet and doctoral student at Harvard University, who studies the history of racial inequality in the United States. This...

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Music department convocation feb 16

campus , community , kerry hall , music , performance

The Second All Music Department Convocation will take place from 12:15-12:55 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, in PONCHO Concert Hall. James Falcone, Music Department Chair, will present an essay en...

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Lunar new year 2017

community , diversity , new year , seattle

Last weekend marked the start of week-long celebrations in Seattle of Lunar New Year 2017, the year of the Rooster. Celebrations culminate this weekend, Sunday, Jan. 29, in the city's Chinatown Intern...

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