Inclusion and Diversity Committee

Our Mission

Throughout the year, our Committee hosts numerous social and educational programs that explore issues of diversity, inclusion and community and are open to all UB staff and faculty members. Such events strive to enhance participant’s professional development, as well as positively impact the community at-large. While programming is based on the desire to foster an awareness and sensitivity of our diversity, it also provides opportunities for participants to develop tangible skills that will benefit their jobs. We also believe that programming should actively encourage community members to forge new connections with one another and reinforce existing relationships with colleagues, for it is these meaningful interactions that enable people to transcend stereotypes and build a vibrant learning community in which all perspectives are valued.

Our on-going Education & Advocacy Series has explored, among other topics, transgender identities, the challenges faced by veterans transitioning to campus life, how Accessibility Resources enhances students’ learning opportunities, issues of diversity within the state correctional system, and Title IX. These programs often include experts from both on and off-campus and encourage active participation from audience members. Other programs include the summertime Dessert Social and annual end-of-year potluck luncheon.    

Our committee always welcomes new members and we meet on the second Friday of each month. For more information or to join our committee please contact Heather Hagenbuch (

Committee Charge

Seek to build a culturally diverse and pluralistic University Community committed to cultivating, celebrating, respecting and educating the university community about our differences.

Committee Members

Chair: Heather Hagenbuch

Current Members: Chris Bragdon, Kim Behun, Jessica Coram, Jessica DiPasquale, Rachel DiDomizio, Mary Clare Fahey, Lauren    Galgovich, Heather Hagenbuch (Committee Chair), Eileen Hassett, Caitlin Hoekstra, Vivian Jimenez, Danielle Johnson, Cindy Konovitz, Susan Mann Dolce, Neil McGillicuddy, Sherene Milizia, Derek Nichols, Jesse O'Reilly, Caitlin Rioux, Suzy Shallowhorn, Meg Syrell, Kate Syzmaszek, Tony Waleszczak