Sustainable Social Justice Committees

Graceland’s committees for university-wide justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

In 2021, Graceland formed two Sustainable Social Justice committees – one comprised of faculty, staff, and students; and one comprised of members of the board of trustees. These action-oriented committees focus on culture change within the university and are committed to the long-term and consistent work of evaluation, exploration, and transformation to ensure that Graceland becomes a university fully permeated by a culture and climate of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Faculty, Staff, Student Committee Members

Administration and Staff

Zac Harmon-McLaughlin, DMin
Dean, Community of Christ Seminary

Jamie Presler
Office Coordinator,
School of Nursing & Seminary

Karima Burns
Operations Support Specialist,
Information Technology Services

Tiffany Smith, MEd
Sr. Graphic Designer,
Marketing & Communications


Corasi Ortiz, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Jane Garrow, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Karen Gergely, MFA
Associate Professor of Art


Brooke Vermeer

Paris Anderson

Santina Hernandez

Board of Trustees Committee Members

Ryan Watson, Chair
Julia Snethen, PhD
Karen Jewell, JD

Dennis Shields, JD
David Brown, MBA
Patricia Draves, PhD (ex-officio)