Diversity faculty fellows

WSU Vancouver’s Diversity Faculty Fellowship program advances our mission of promoting and expanding cultural diversity on our campus. Fellows act as advisors to the university on diversity and multicultural issues, help maintain existing programs and approaches and develop new ones to promote diversity on campus.

For example, past fellows have helped with the creation of MOSAIC, WSU Vancouver’s college awareness and outreach program for local high school students; participated in mentorship programs for students; and organized cultural programs, art exhibits, concerts and lecture series. Fellows also add to our understanding of cultural diversity issues through the research projects, publications and teaching they conduct during their tenure.

Past fellows:


Dana Baker, Political Science and Public Affairs
Neurodiversity at WSU Vancouver

Steven Fountain, History
The university and the Native American community

Wendy Olson, English
Critical Literacies Achievement and Success Program for students


Beth Tarasawa, Sociology
Race and ethnic relations, the sociology of education and urban sociology


Jorge Lizarraga, Liberal Arts
Urban and regional geography, comparative culture and ethnic studies


Renee Branch
Curriculum and scholarship, recruitment and retention, and campus climate


Luz Maria Gordillo, Women’s Studies
Mexican immigration and U.S. immigration law


Tahira Probst, Psychology
Job insecurity and economic stress