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
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....
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. ...
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 ...
Dr. Alicia Makaye
GXA Network Solutions
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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....
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. ...
Sonia Quirino Canales
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....