Sustainable Social Justice Committees

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

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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.

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Faculty, Staff, and Student Committee Members

Administration & Staff

Zac Harmon-McLaughlin, DMin (Chair)
Dean, Community of Christ Seminary

Michael J. Powers
Director of Admissions and Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Assistant Clinical Professor,
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Tiffany Smith, MEd
Creative Director,
Marketing & Communications


Jane Garrow, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Karen Gergely, MFA
Associate Professor of Art



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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)