What is the Commission on Ethnic Diversity?

The Commission on Ethnic Diversity (CED) offers an opportunity for dialogue, shared experiences, and advocating change for people of color and allies committed to anti-racist , non-discriminatory, and participatory practices through collaboration with other university commissions, academic units, and the Chief Diversity Officer of Northern Arizona University (NAU). CED seeks to create environments that reflect the struggles and successes of communities of color in both the United States and in global contexts. 

For students, staff, faculty, and administrators, CED strives to: 

  • Promote the recruitment and retention of students, staff, faculty, and administrators of color at NAU
  • Advocate for equity in salary and working conditions by strategically negotiating policies and practices
  • Contribute to the development of a welcoming and supportive environment for faculty, staff, and students of color at NAU
  • Support the integration of academic and student affairs programming focused on racial/ethnic diversity issues
  • Collaborate with other university commissions to make recommendations to NAU's Office of the President

Co-chairs (2016-2017 academic year)

Gerald Wood 
Associate Professor, College of Education
(928) 523-6309
Tia Truss
Title IX Investigator
(928) 523-6955

Executive Board Members

  1. Sharon S. Doctor, Assistant Director, Native American Student Services
  2. Deborah Harris, Associate Dean, Office of Student Life
  3. Debra Edgerton, Associate Professor, School of Art
  4. Gerald Wood, Associate Professor, College of Education
  5. Emily Davalos, Doctoral Student
  6. Christine Lemley, Associate Professor, College of Education
  7. Debbie Shepard, Administrative Assistant, E-Learning
  8. T. Mark Montoya, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies
  9. Arturo Heriberto Magaña, Graduate Assistant, Anthrpology
  10. Vacant 
  11. Vacant