Diversity Action Team

The purpose of the Diversity Action Team (DAT) is to review and respond as appropriate to reported incidents involving issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and nationality that affect Ferris State University students. The team will provide University administration with documentation of reported incidents and team activity annually. The team also provides the University community with a central point for the reporting of incidents related to diversity from key units on the campus: Office of Student Conduct, Equal Opportunity, Multicultural Student Services, Center for Latino Studies, SAFE Place, Residence Life, the Department of Public Safety, the Office of International Affairs, Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services, Disabilities Services, the Counseling Center, and others as needed.

It is an important goal for the Team to provide education for all parties involved in these particular types of incidents, and to support alleged victims. Moreover, it is a primary goal of this team to function in ways that support the University mission and its underlying policies, including but not limited to: the Employee and Student Dignity Policy, the Equal Employment Policy, the University's Core Values Statement, and Bulldog Values.

Functions of the Diversity Action Team are:

  • To communicate incidents of discrimination or harassment based on race/ethnicity, gender, ability, nationality, class, religion, or other differences among students. The communication will occur between members of the Team as an initial step in the process of determining a resolution to these circumstances.

  • To document reported incidents at regularly scheduled meetings.

  • To assure investigation and follow-up on incidents reported, the DAT will determine which Team member has responsibility to investigate and/or follow-up on the report.

  • To participate in the educative process, the DAT will take part in training and mediation, diversity in higher education and similarly established problems at other institutions.

  • To report incidents annually to University administration.

  • To continually assess the University climate in relation to diversity.

  • To advocate for justice, equality and equity within the campus community.

To report an incident to the DAT, please download and complete the the Incident Report Form and return it to Governmental Relations in the McKessy House. If you have any questions about whether or not to report an incident or about how to fill out an incident report, please contact any individual listed below for assistance.

Diversity Action Team

  • Amber Balmer, Coordinator of Student Activities: 231-591-2141
  • Nick Campau, Associate Dean of Student Life: (231) 591-3619
  • Matthew Chaney, Director of Multicultural Student Services: (231) 591-2783
  • James Cook, Assistant Director of Public Safety, Department of Public Safety: (231) 591-5000
  • Deb Cox, Disabilities Services Office: (231) 591-3057
  • Lisa Ortiz, Chair, Assistant Director of Residential Programs and Services: (231) 591-3745
  • Renee Vander Myde, Director, Personal Counseling Center: (231) 591-5968
  • Leroy Wright, Dean of Students: (231) 591-3619

"To report an incident to the DAT, please fill out the incident report and return it to Governmental Relations in the McKessy House. If you have any questions about whether or not to report an incident or about how to fill out an incident report, please contact any individual listed on this page for assistance."