ComArtSci DEI Committee

We advocate on behalf of our community—ComArtSci students, faculty, and staff—to ensure equity and opportunity. We work to foster an environment that empowers and includes all.

Our Mission

Members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee represent a diverse cross-section of our college and are committed to creating a community of excellence, one built by a diversity of faces and thoughts. We work to ensure individuals feel safe, heard and have equal opportunities for success. The committee provides leaders in the college with guidance on college policies especially in areas of inclusion and diversity and plans activities that will create a better understanding of our community and our world.

Meet the Committee

Chair: Lauren Gaines McKenzie, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Committee Members:

  • Jada Flowers, DEI Office Project Coordinator
  • Kjerstin Thorson, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
  • Fashina Alade,  Advertising + PR
  • Pat Huddleston, Advertising + PR
  • Monique Turner, Communication
  • Bridget Walsh, Communicative Sciences and Disorders
  • J Scott Yarus, Communicative Sciences and Disorders
  • Jean Hardy, Media & Information
  • Steph Jordan, Media & Information
  • Geri Alumit Zeldes, School of Journalism & Faculty Excellence Advocate (FEA)
  • Judith Walgren, School of Journalism
  • Jeana-Dee Allen, School of Journalism
  • Daune Rensing, Strategic Communication
  • Kari Schueller Lopez, Office of Academic & Student Affairs
  • Marissa King, Office of Academic & Student Affairs
  • Allison Shaw, Office of Academic & Student Affairs
  • Chris Roberts, Office of Academic & Student Affairs
  • Mercedes Holguin, WKAR
  • Linda White, Graduate Student, School of Journalism
  • Samatha Hautea, Graduate Student, IMPhD
  • Katelyn Gillam, Graduate Student, Strategic Communication
  • Lily Cross, Undergraduate Student, Journalism
  • Christa Young, Undergraduate Student, Journalism

Want to get involved? For more information contact Lauren Gaines McKenzie


We are here to serve our community and empower individuals with resources to ensure our community feels healthy, safe and supported. 

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What's Happening

At ComArtSci and WKAR, we encourage meaningful conversation through education and engagement that opens our eyes to new perspectives and allow us to learn more about our community and world. 

The ComArtSci Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will meet once a month on the following Wednesdays from 12-1:15 PM via Zoom. Upcoming meeting dates are as follows:  

  • Wednesday, January 19
  • Wednesday, February 16
  • Wednesday, March 16
  • Wednesday, April 20

For information on how to join via Zoom, please contact Lauren Gaines McKenzie.

View our full list of ComArtSci Inclusion events

View all of MSU Inclusion and Intercultural events