The Center for Student Diversity provides advocacy and support for under-represented and
marginalized populations and creates welcoming, inclusive campus environments.
The Center for Student Diversity (CSD) was established in 1969. It was
first named the Office of Minority Affairs (OMA). President, Jim Fisher appointed Dr. Julius Chapman as the first Dean of Minority Affairs. Organizationally, OMA reported to the Provost of Academic Affairs. From its inception, OMA was established to help facilitate the access and integration of Black students into the university and to advocate on their behalf. In the early 1980s, the office was moved to the Division of Student Services under Vice President, Dorothy Siegel.
The office has been through several name changes in its more than 35 years of existence. Today, it is so named because the institution recognizes that diversity is an important resource, thus programs and services are provided for and expanded category of students, faculty, and staff of the university community.
Office of Minority Affairs
Office of Multicultural Student Life
Office of Diversity Resources
Center for Student Diversity (current name)
Past OMA/ODR Leadership
Dr. Julius Chapman - Dean
Mr. Thomas Knox - Dean
Dr. Lillian Anthony - Assistant Vice President
Dr. Helen Giles-Gee - Assistant Vice President
Dr. Camille Clay - Assistant Vice President
Art King - Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Diversity
Mr. L. Victor Collins - Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Diversity (present)
In the early 1970s, Dean Chapman established the African American Cultural Center (AACC) and hired James Whitaker to direct the center and support the needs of students. During that time, the Center was located in the basement of Van Bokkelen Hall. It was a brightly colored haven for African American students, faculty, and staff. Serving as the programming arm of the Office of Minority Affairs, the AACC provided speakers, concerts, projects, and academic programs and services for students. In addition, the Gospel Choir was formed in 1971. Around that same time, the Black Student Union and the Black Faculty and Administrators Association were established.
African American Cultural Center (AACC) / African
American Student Development Directors
Yvonne Hardy Phillips
Joan E. Maze (present)
Asian Pacific Islander (API) and Latino Student DevelopmentDirectors
Dr. Santiago Solis (present)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT) Student
Development Director/Associate Directors
Mr. Samuel Santos
Ms. Maren Greathouse
Mr. Joel Bolling (present)
Student Success Programs
Mr. Raft Woodus (present)
Women's Center Directors/ Women's Resources Associate Directors
Ms. Leah Schofield
Dr. Phyllis Freeman
Ms. Marie Lilly (present)
In 1993, the Division of Student Services was reorganized and the office was clustered according to similarity of function or concern. The diversity cluster was comprised of OMA, AACC and the Women's Center. The transition from Minority Affairs entailed a broadening of the office's scope from the concerns of African American students to encompass the many facets of diversity presently represented on the campus: ability, age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, and national origin.
In 2007, the cluster added LGBT and Asian Pacific
Islander & Latino Student Development to its portfolio.
First Black students admitted to TU
First African American student graduated from TU
Office of Minority Affairs established
Black Student Union; AACC established
Black Faculty and Administrators Association established
Gospel Choir, Women's Center established
First Black Greek Organization - Iota Phi Theta chartered