Diversity Advisory Board


The Diversity Advisory Board is made up of community members actively engaged with diverse populations who are interested in promoting diversity efforts in the greater Vancouver community, particularly in the areas of diverse student and staff recruitment to WSU Vancouver. Their primary responsibility is to serve as ambassadors to the Vancouver/Portland communities by leveraging their current community roles and to provide feedback to WSU Vancouver regarding its diversity efforts.

Photo Name Affiliation
Obie Ford III Obie Ford III Campus Director of Equity and Diversity WSU Vancouver, Board Chair
Dave Beke Dave Beke Catholic Community Services of Western Washington
Randy Boose Randy Boose Ex Officio
Sharif Burdzik Sharif Burdzik Riverview Community Bank
Renny Christopher Renny Christopher Ex Officio
Sara De Fina Apple, Inc.
Luz María Gordillo Luz María Gordillo Associate Professor, WSU Vancouver
Darla Helt Darla Helt PEACE

Mike Iyall

Mike Iyall Cowlitz Indian Tribe

WSU tribal ring


Haddy Jobe Haddy Jobe YWCA
Promise King Promise King League of Minority Voters
Dominique Merriweather Dominique Merriweather SW Washington Commercial Banking
Kim Sogge Kim Sogge Pride Foundation
Lynn Valenter Lynn Valenter Ex Officio
Nancy Youlden Nancy Youlden Ex Officio