President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

PCDI Programming and Support Fund to Assist with Diversity Work

The President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (PCDI) through its Programming and Support Fund provides financial support aimed at strengthening and promoting diversity. Proposal submission deadlines are the second Monday of September, November, and February. Proposals may not exceed $1000. Guidelines for the Programming and Support Fund, inclusive of project examples, proposal evaluation criteria, and other stipulations, may be downloaded here .  Questions may be directed to  By providing financial support to turn ideas into reality, Murray State is leveraging the innovation of our departments, programs, and student organizations to improve the campus climate for diversity.

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Purpose and Charge

As the Commonwealth of Kentucky progresses toward a Statewide Diversity Plan model, Murray State must also move forward to broaden and deepen our diversity efforts across the MSU campuses. The University cannot rest on its accomplishments in this vein.

Building upon the start of Murray State University’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Diversity and African American Priorities provided, the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion was established.

This body has wide-ranging leadership responsibility for planning, developing, improving and evaluating Murray State University's overall diversity efforts across all areas of campus endeavor. The President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion worked toward the creation of Murray State University’s own Campus Diversity Plan taking into consideration the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Statewide Diversity Plan and has transitioned toward implementation and oversight of the Murray State University Diversity Plan.


  • Charley Allen, Web Manager, University Communications
  • Caroline Atkins, Director, Training Resource Center
  • Dr. Susana Bloomdahl, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling
  • Alicia Carthell, Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Philosophy
  • S.G. Carthell, Director, Multicultural Affairs
  • Cami Duffy**, Executive Director, Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)
  • Charletter Ellis, Executive Assistant, Mid-America Remote Sensing Center
  • Leslie Furches, Associate Director, McNair Scholars Program
  • Xian Feng (Peter) Liang, Undergraduate Student
  • Joe Hedges, Lecturer, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Mary-Elaine Horn, Coordinator of Student Services, Hopkinsville Regional Campus
  • Benjamin Linzy, Undergraduate Student
  • Dr. Peggy Pittman-Munke, Associate Professor and Interim Director, Department of Community Leadership and Human Services / Social Work Program
  • Jody Cofer Randall^, Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity/LGBT Programming
  • Dr. Don Robertson*, Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Doris Saunders, Coordinator, K-TAP
  • Dr. Barbara Washington, Chair/Associate Professor, Department of Adolescent, Career and Special Education
  • Rosyln White, Associate Director and Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment, Recruitment
  • Jasmine Young, Graduate Student
  • Dr. Robin Zhang, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences
  • Dr. Guangming Zou, Interim Director, Institute for International Studies

* designates Chair
^ designates Vice Chair
** ex-officio

Contact the PCDI

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Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held on a monthly basis. For further information please contact the PCDI at

Meeting Summaries

Diversity Definition: 

Diversity, as a concept, describes an inclusive community of people with varied human characteristics, ideas, and world views related, but not limited, to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, color, creed, national origin, age, disabilities, socio-economic status, life experiences, geographical region, or ancestry. Diversity in concept expects the creation by institutions of a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment that honors and respects those differences.

The MSU Diversity Plan 

In an effort to create a strong and proactive Diversity Plan, the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion hosted open forums and meetings on campus to discuss diversity in the Murray State community. On August 26, 2011 the Board of Regents received the Murray State University Diversity Plan approved the plan in principle. The Board further charge the President to develop a plan for implementation consistent with the University's normal operating procedures, as well as provide a progress report annually. The Diversity Plan is available for download.

Statewide Diversity Policy

Kentucky Public Postsecondary Education Diversity Policy and Framework for Institution Diversity Plan Development is available for download.

President’s Awards for Diversity and Inclusion

The President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the development of two new President's Awards for Diversity and Inclusion.  Adding to the existing award, which is for faculty/exempt staff, the two new awards are for non-exempt staff and students. The purpose of these awards is to recognize institutional change agents who foster success for historically underrepresented populations, work through a lens of appreciation for diversity and advance an inclusive community for all at MSU. The guidelines are available for download. Please note the nomination deadline is the 3rd Tuesday of February.  Contact the President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion with question.

Award recipients

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