Southern Oregon University's Committee for Equity and Diversity is comprised of students, staff and faculty members that will provide consultation, recommendations, and guidance on how to implement EDI efforts, policies and campus practices. 

2020-2021 Membership

janelle wilson, M.A. | Associate Dean of Students | Office: SU 321 | wilsonjan@sou.edu | 541-552-8328

Born in Grants Pass, Oregon, janelle holds a B.A. in Multicultural and Gender Studies from California State University, Chico and an M.A. in Women’s Studies in Religion from Claremont Graduate University. She has worked in areas of access, equity, and diversity initiatives for the past 17 years. janelle first came to SOU as the Coordinator of the Queer Resource Center and then accepted the position of Associate Director of Student Life for Social Justice and Service. janelle’s service to the university and community engagement includes serving as a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Strategic Planning Committee for Direction IV (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), Bias Response Team, Pride Foundation Leadership Action Team member, Citizen Advisory Committee member for the Rogue Valley Transportation District, and is an Ashland Independent Film Festival volunteer. janelle was appointed to the Southern Oregon University Board of Trustees by Governor Kate Brown in 2018. janelle believes in education as a tool for change and that positive connections and relationships are key to an equitable, enriching, justice-oriented community. 

Amber Reed, PhD. & M.A. | Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology | Office: TA 217 | reeda4@sou.edu | 541-552-6322

Amber Reed is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Sociology and Anthropology Department, and also teaches in the International Studies program. She has long been involved in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion through her research, teaching, and university service. Her background is in the areas of South Africa, youth, democracy, race, nostalgia, and visual media. Her upcoming book, Nostalgia After Apartheid: Disillusionment, Youth, and Democracy in South Africa, investigates how rural South Africans teach and learn about democratic ideals after the fall of apartheid. She is also beginning a new project that examines fantasies and realities of post-apartheid suburban life and racial inequity. Dr. Reed earned her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014.


Alma Rosa Alvarez

Michele Barlow

Kitty Cable

Tracey Culbertson

Edward Derr

Angela Fleischer 

Sabrina Prudhomme

Jill Smedstad

Alex Sylvester

Patricia Syquia

Woodard, Marvin

Neil Woolf

Aubrey Owens

Kylan de Vries

Christopher Young

Carey Sojka

Brent Florendo

Tito Onesto

Roni Adams

Jonathan Chavez Baez