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Goal 8 of Ivy Tech's strategic plan set the goal of seeking to establish a sustainable culture of diversity, equity and belonging. It includes five strategies, which were developed with input from faculty, staff, and students from around the state.

Learn more about Goal 8

Meet Our Team!

Vice President Diversity, Equity, and Belonging
Amber M. Williams, M.A. (she/her/hers)

Amber Williams, M.A. began serving Ivy Tech Community College in 2010 as a Kokomo Service area full-time faculty member in the Psychology department. During that time, she was promoted to Assistant Professor and then to Program Chair for Social and Behavioral Sciences. She aided the award-winning Kokomo chapter of Phi Theta Kappa as a faculty advisor for 7 years and was the Diversity Chair/Lead for 6 years. Over the past decade as an educator, she has participated in many statewide initiatives, created new full-time faculty orientations, and conducted book clubs and training workshops both inside and outside of the college.

Amber has also successfully planned and implemented a large number of local and statewide diversity programming to help communities engage in meaningful discussion around diversity topics. She is thrilled to now take on the role of Executive Director for Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging for the statewide system.

Prior to Ivy Tech, Amber earned her Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where she worked with her colleagues on employee engagement and satisfaction surveys, soft skills training, job analysis, and leadership and organizational development projects in the Greater Nashville area. 

Diversity, Equity and Belonging Statewide Committee

The Diversity, Equity and Belonging Statewide Committee (“Diversity Committee”) is comprised of the Statewide Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging and the statewide Diversity Leads representing each Ivy Tech campus and systems office. The Diversity Committee acts on behalf of Ivy Tech Community College to jumpstart and manage the diversity and inclusion process throughout the statewide campuses. 

The Diversity Committee works closely with senior leaders to ensure alignment with the organization’s overall strategy and to help institutionalize policies and procedures that support and accelerate Diversity, Equity, and Belonging goals. This committee will also work with students, community leaders, and statewide partners. 

The Diversity Committee helps create strategic accountability for results, provides guidance and oversight on diversity efforts, and promotes college-wide communication on progress. 

The Indiana General Assembly codifies the work of the Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Statewide Committee in Indiana Code 21-27-6-7 with specific objectives to report annually to the Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees. 










Debra Vance  

Executive Director of Diversity & Outreach  


Olener Prince  

Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Mentoring  


Wendy Chinn  

Director of Diversity, Equity & Belonging  

Fort Wayne  

JoAnne Alvarez  

Director of Student Success & Engagement; Diversity Lead  

Hamilton County Kyle James Dorsch Director of Diversity, Equity, & Belonging 


Georgina Owens

Associate Director Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging






Rosemary Cheek

Director of Diversity & Inclusion  

Lake County  

Katrina Hudson  

Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) Director  


Kathy Watkins  

Criminal Justice, Human Services, Legal Studies & Paralegal Department Chair  


Randy Lakeman   

Director of Development  


Lonnie Peek  

Assistant Director of Student Life and Career Development  


Ren'a Wagner  

Director of Diversity, Equity & Belonging/Community Relations   


Toure Conley  

Director of Multi Cultural Affairs  / Diversity, Equity & Belonging  


Mary Springer  

Assistant Professor of Psychology

South Bend/Elkhart  

Andrew Williams

Interim Chancellor

Systems Office  

Marcus Kolb 

Assistant Vice President, College Accreditation, Academic Quality, and Learning Assessment 

Terre Haute  

Sonja LaTrice Jordan    

Academic Advisor and Coordinator for the Elevate Minority Student Scholarship  


Kelly Daubek

Assistant Professor of English


We present the Ivy Tech Statewide Annual Report on Diversity, Equity and Belonging as a step toward creating a shared understanding of the state of diversity and of our efforts to build a culture of equity and belonging for all of our students, staff, faculty, and broader Ivy Tech community. 

2020 Annual Report

In a committed effort to maintain a safe campus environment where students feel they belong, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Belonging is excited to launch the Fall 2021 Campus Climate Survey. This assessment tool will give us valuable insights around safety, teaching & learning environment. Also, this will enhance our ability to create an environment where strong interpersonal relationships are built. Additionally, this understanding of student experience will aid in our efforts to ensure every student persists towards their educational goals and ensuring that everyone in our college community feels they belong and have an opportunity to share their voice. 

Fall 2021 Campus Climate Survey: Coming Soon!



Ivy Tech Community College prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or veteran status. Ivy Tech Community College is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment for all. Discrimination based on any protected class is prohibited. 

As required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Ivy Tech Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions specific to Title IX may be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator or to the US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. 




The College employs qualified persons and provides equal opportunities for the advancement of employees. The College employs, promotes, transfers, reclassifies, and trains in a manner which will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, or status as a veteran, per the College EEO/AA policies. The College is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination. 

If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed by a coworker, supervisor, or agent of the College, you should promptly report the facts of the occurrence and the names of the individuals involved to your supervisor, the Human Resources Administrator, or an Affirmative Action Officer. Your Supervisor, Human Resources Administrator, or Affirmative Action Officer will look into all reported occurrences and take the appropriate corrective action, if necessary. 

The College will not tolerate harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, or status as a veteran, and/or opposition to prohibited discrimination or participation in this or any other complaint procedure. This prohibition covers harassment against any Ivy Tech employee by anyone (supervisors, co-workers, students, or non-employees) in or related to an Ivy Tech campus. The policy prohibiting harassment includes adverse treatment of employees because they report harassment or provide information related to such complaints.   

A part of Ivy Tech Community College’ commitment to ethics and compliance is to provide students, faculty, and staff with a means to report any unethical behavior that is in violation of the College policy. The College has selected EthicsPoint to provide you with a simple, anonymous way to report activities that may involve misconduct or violations of College policy. You may file a report here or by dialing 888-355-0021. Any suspected problems or complaints reported via EthicsPoint will be reviewed in accordance with current policies and procedures. 

College policy prohibits the taking of any retaliatory action against individuals who make a good faith disclosure of suspected financial or other misconduct, or violations of policy, etc.