Diversity Advisory Council

The Diversity Advisory Council is made up of prominent leaders from local community and industry partners who offer input to ODCE. The council provides advice and assistance to ensure that the University's diversity goals are strongly aligned with, and supported by, the greater Dallas community. The Council offers input on the University's many diversity initiatives and foster a broader perspective on diversity issues as they relate to specific communities and industries.
The Advisory Council is made up of prominent leaders from local community and industry partners, including American Language Technologies, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Lennox International, Raytheon, DFW iRealty, Rockwell Collins, BB&T Bank, and other Dallas-area businesses.

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

    Mei Miao Mei Miao
    BB&T Bank
    Vice President/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....[Read more]

    Helen Dorsey Helen Dorsey
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
    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. ...[Read more]

    Kathy Weaver Kathy Weaver
    Lennox International
    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 ... [Read more]

    Dr. Alicia Makaye Dr. Alicia Makaye
    GXA Network Solutions
    Vice President/Founder

    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. ...[Read more]

    Chris Bhatti Chris Bhatti
    UT Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
    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 ...[Read more]

    Drew Walls Drew Walls
    Rockwell Collins
    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. He also holds a Bachelor degree for Program Management from ITT Technical Institute. ...[Read more]

    Ayesha Ahmad Ayesha Ahmad
    UT Dallas
    Student

    Ayesha Ahmad is a UTD senior graduating in May 2019 with her B.S. in Biochemistry and minor in Psychology. An involved member of the UTD community, she also serves on ODCE’s Student Diversity Advisory Council. ...[Read more]

    Felcia Johnson Felcia Johnson
    The Gatson Group
    Founder and Managing Director

    Felicia Johnson is the Founder and Managing Director of The Gatson Group, a Diversity and Inclusion consulting firm specializing in translating diversity and inclusion strategic goals into practical results.
    ...[Read more]

    Laura Ramirez Laura Ramirez
    Ericsson
    Director, Diversity and Inclusion

    Laura is responsible for Ericsson North America’s Diversity and Inclusion corporate strategy. Her efforts around D and I help to elevate employee engagement, employee experience, external brand, attracting diverse talent and retaining talent. ...[Read more]

    Sonia Quirino Canales Sonia Quirino Canales
    H-E-B
    Diversity & Inclusion Manager

    Sonia Quirino Canales is the Diversity & 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....[Read more]