The Diversity Advisory Council is made up of prominent leaders from local community and industry partners, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Lennox International, BB&T Bank, GXA Networks, The Gatson Group, HEB, AT&T, Ericsson, Nordstrom, and other Dallas-area businesses. In support of the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement and the University’s goals and strategic initiatives, the members of the Council provide guidance through financial support, awareness and advocacy, and expertise in diversity and inclusion.
Meeting and Council Priorities
The Diversity Advisory Council meets about six times a year to discuss diversity related trends and practices, and tackle such priorities as:
- The Support of students through scholarships, internships, and professional development workshops
- Contribution to Comet Giving Day and other university-related financial campaigns
- Participation in other ODCE and University-wide events
Current Council Members
University of Texas at Dallas
Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations
Chris Bhatti is Assistant Dean for The Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas. Chris holds a Bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University a Master's from ...
Sonia Quirino Canales
Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Sonia Quirino Canales is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager for H-E-B where she develops, implements and manages the company’s diversity and inclusion programming and strategies that align with H-E-B’s business goals....
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas(BCBSTX)
Community Outreach Specialist
At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Helen is responsible for employee engagement and volunteer initiatives for the state of Texas. Her professional background includes over 10 years of experience in both corporate and the non-profit sector. ...
Vanessa is a transformative retail sales leader. She leads Nordstrom store sales in the nations 5th largest market.Vanessa has been with Nordstrom for 19 years and her journey with the company is extensive - ...
The Gatson Group
Founder and Managing Director
Felicia Johnson is the Founder and Managing Director of The Gatson Group, a Diversity & Inclusion consulting firm specializing in translating diversity & inclusion strategic goals into practical results....
Dr. Alicia Makaye
GXA Network Solution
Dr. Alicia Makaye (the "A" in GXA) is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of GXA Network Solutions, an IT Solutions provider that helps other businesses take command and control of their IT. ...
SVP/ Regional Multicultural Banking Officer
Born and raised in Taiwan, Mei earned her degree in Banking & Insurance in Taiwan and later graduated from University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting....
Human Resources, Ericsson
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Laura is responsible for Ericsson North America’s Diversity and Inclusion corporate strategy. Her efforts around D&I help to elevate employee engagement, employee experience, external brand, attracting diverse talent and retaining talent....
Pr. Supportability Engineer
Drew C. Walls is a Pr. Supportability Engineer at Collins Aerospace. Drew holds a Master's degree from the Air Force Institute in Avionics and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Programming from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC....
Director, HR/Talent Acquisition
Kathy Weaver is a Global Human Resources Strategic Business Partner and Business Transformation Leader who helps companies implement strategic and innovative Human Resources solutions ...
Director – Community Engagement
Corporate Social Responsibility