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Tilstra Helms Diversity Initiatives
July 23, 2011
There's a new face at the helm of Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology's diversityefforts. Luanne Tilstra, professor of
chemistry, is stepping away from some of her teaching
responsibilities to become the first director of the Center for
Diversity on campus.
Tilstra will spearhead efforts to define the center's location
and functions. She plans to make the center the "go to" place
for any student or faculty/staff member who feels the need for a
more welcoming environment.
In her new role, Tilstra will coordinate and promote activities
and programs designed to enhance awareness and appreciation of
multi-cultural points of view on campus.
She will continue the work that was initiated by the Diversity
Council, and work with persons currently creating, planning, and
promoting diversity awareness programs.
Tilstra will also serve as liaison between administration and
student groups, and will work with the admissions, student affairs
and institutional advancement offices to facilitate gains in the
recruitment and retention of students from diverse,