SHEEO is in a unique position to advance racial equity across the United States. We are a membership organization with 61 members representing all 50 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia, including state agencies and statewide systems of higher education. With our membership and widespread influence, SHEEO is poised to be a catalyst for systemic changes needed to end racism and white supremacy at all levels of higher education. This will require SHEEO to substantially intensify its equity efforts both within its own organization and through collaborative work with willing partners.
Issues of racism and white supremacy have plagued higher education in the United States since its inception. SHEEO, as an organization, is not immune to these problems but sits in a powerful position as a thought leader to contribute its voice, capacity, and influence to address and work toward advancing racial equity in higher education. There is much work to do. One way we are beginning to address issues of racial equity both within and external to SHEEO is by creating the SHEEO Equity Advisory Committee.
Composed of national experts and SHEEO agency representatives, the SHEEO Equity Advisory Committee will advise SHEEO on our efforts to erase racial equity gaps and systemic racism in higher education and increase the level of racial competency and diversity of staff at SHEEO and in SHEEO’s member agencies.
Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO, American Indian College Fund
Eric Felix, Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
Diana Gonzalez, Interim Secretary of Higher Education, New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
Shaun Harper, Provost Professor, University of Southern California; Founder and Director, USC Race and Equity Center
Pearl Iboshi, Director, Institutional Research & Analysis Office, University of Hawaii System
Tiffany Jones, Senior Director of Higher Education Policy, The Education Trust
Nathan Moquino, Tribal Liaison, Director of Indian Education Division, New Mexico Higher Education Department
Dennis Olson, Jr., Commissioner, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Julie J. Park, Associate Professor, University of Maryland
Rudyane Rivera-Lindstrom, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Aaron Thompson, President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education