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President's Commission on Access, Opportunity and Community

Charge and Membership


  • Take a lead role in conducting a campus climate survey/audit in coordination with the Office of the President on a to-be-determined cycle (e.g., every 5-10 years).
  • Contribute to and monitor initiatives related to fostering access, ensuring opportunity and creating community that are embedded in the UCM strategic plan.

  • Offer suggestions for recruitment strategies and retention efforts for a workforce and student body that reflects the constituencies and broader communities we serve; suggest strategies for creating a stronger sense of a campus community for individuals within these groups.

  • Propose to the president academic-related and non-academic programming topics which provide education around themes related to access and opportunity, and which foster a stronger sense of campus community.

  • Provide insight into the structure of UCM policies and procedures that may create barriers for success for subpopulations within the university’s workforce and student body.

  • Recommend updates to UCM web pages that communicate initiatives related to the Commission’s charge.  

  • Propose to the president potential changes to the Commission’s charge and/or membership structure.

  • On a fiscal year basis, provide an annual report to the president on actions and activities of the Commission which may be shared with university constituencies.


Standing Members: 

  • Director for Accessibility Services
  • Office of the President Designee (member of President’s Council)
  • Director, Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity
  • Representative from Human Resources

Rotating Members: 

  • Office of the President appointment -Serves as Chair of the Council
  • Staff Council appointment (1) - {Staff Council will submit 3 nominations}
  • Faculty Senate appointments (3) - {Faculty Senate will submit 5 nominations}
  • Undergraduate student (1) - {SGA will submit 2 nominations from UG student body}
  • Graduate student (1) - {GSA will submit 2 nominations from GR student body}
  • Bargaining Unit (1) - {Bargaining Unit will submit 2 nominations}
  • Admissions (1) - {Admissions will submit 2 nominations}
  • Athletics (1) - {Athletics will submit 2 nominations}
  • Academic Chair (1) - {Council of Chairs will submit 2 nominations}

Except for students, rotating members are expected to serve terms of 2 years.


Current Membership

Member Area Status Term Ends
Cathy Seeley Accessibility Services Standing On-going
Lover Chancler Center for Multiculturism and Inclusivity Standing On-going
Susan Smedley President's Council Standing On-going
Cory Wicker Human Resources Standing On-going
Jay Hicks Staff Council Rotating Dec. 31, 2024
Keshav Bhattarai Faculty Senate Rotating Dec. 31 2023
Lane Maxcy Faculty Senate Rotating Dec. 31, 2024
Chris Opatrrny-Yazell Faculty Senate Rotating Dec. 31, 2024
Hiba Lukadi Student Government Association Rotating Dec. 31, 2023
Vacant Graduate Student Association Rotating Dec. 31, 2023
Vacant Bargaining Unit Rotating Dec. 31, 2022
Vacant Athletics Rotating Dec. 31, 2024
Kris Howard Enrollment Management Rotating Dec. 31, 2023
Belinda Copus School Chairs Council Rotating Dec. 31, 2024
Vacant   Rotating Dec. 31, 2023
Ann McCoy Office of the President Appointment, Co-Chair Rotating Dec. 31, 2024