CMNS Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council

CMNS Dean Amitabh Varshney launched the CMNS Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council in September 2020 with the following statement: "Our college is committed to creating an educational and work environment that is rich in diversity, inclusive, and supportive of all students, faculty, and staff. This new Council will advise me and senior leaders in the college on issues, opportunities, and activities related to diversity, inclusion, equity and awareness in the college, including climate, recruitment, retention, and outreach."

Council Mission
Council Members 
Council Events


The CMNS Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council's mission for 2020-21 will be to: 

  • Assess our climate, as experienced by different members of our community, and learn about areas of concern and opportunities for growth;
  • Take stock of current activities in the college and assess what’s most effective, what should be replicated, and how the college can both foster these efforts and broaden participation;
  • Explore the activities currently happening in other campus units and other universities that enhance diversity and create a more inclusive STEM community; and
  • Advise the dean and senior leaders in the college on short-term and longer-term actions and initiatives that would better embody and strategically advance our commitment to diversity and inclusion.


2020-21 CMNS Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council Members:

  • Janice Reutt-Robey, Chair of the CMNS Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council; Chair and Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • Ricardo Arevalo, Associate Professor, Geology

  • Kate Atchison, Assistant Director of the Maryland Center for Women in Computing and the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing, Computer Science

  • Courtney Butler, Program Coordinator, Health Professions Advising Office

  • Lauren Cho, Undergraduate, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

  • Gene Ferrick**, Director of Operations, CMNS **ex-officio member

  • John Ficklin, Graduate Student, Biological Sciences

  • Osvaldo Gutierrez, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • Kathleen Hamilton-Campos, Undergraduate, Astronomy and Physics

  • Cerruti Hooks, Associate Professor, Entomology

  • Eugenia Kalnay, Distinguished University Professor, Atmospheric & Oceanic Science

  • Emily Kaplitz, Graduate Student, Computer Science

  • Maia Karpovich, Graduate Student, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation (AMSC)

  • Kyeisha Laurence, Undergraduate, Biological Sciences

  • Sara Lombardi, Senior Lecturer, Biology

  • Cheri Meadows**, Senior Development Officer, CMNS **ex-officio member

  • Errica Philpott, Coordinator, Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics

  • Mihai Pop, Professor, Computer Science & Director, University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

  • Abby Robinson**, Assistant Dean of Communications, CMNS **ex-officio member

  • Peter Shawhan, Professor, Physics

  • Amy Steele, Graduate Student, Astronomy

  • Konstantina Trivisa, Professor, Mathematics & Director, Institute for Physical Science & Technology

  • Jai Upadhyay, Undergraduate, Computer Science and Management

  • Gerald "Jerry" Wilkinson**, Diversity Officer, CMNS; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Graduate Education, CMNS; Professor, Biology **ex-officio member

  • Carl Womack, Director of Finance, Chemistry & Biochemistry


2020-21 CMNS Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council Events

"Picture a Scientist" Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion. Friday, November 13, 2020. “Picture a Scientist" chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. 


Additional Diversity and Inclusion Committees in the College

Astronomy: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
Chemistry & Biochemistry: Racial Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee
Computer Science: Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Geology: Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity Awareness: IDEA
Physics: Climate Committee