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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The DEIC is the first of many deliberate and thoughtful actions to promote a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment on our campus in order to improve Heidelberg’s commitment to fulfilling our Core Student Mission for all students.


The DEIC will encourage Heidelberg University to become more welcoming and more vibrant for all persons, preparing all community members for global citizenship, by deepening their appreciation for diversity and by promoting multicultural awareness through intentional educational, cultural, and policy changes.


The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at Heidelberg University creates educational opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to cultivate a more inclusive environment that nurtures the intellectual, personal, and professional development of underrepresented groups on Heidelberg’s campus, including those historically oppressed and marginalized students because of race, socioeconomic status, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, ethnicity, sexual identity, creed, culture, religion, and disability to help enable all students to lead a life of purpose with distinction.



Heidelberg is here to help all students, employees and the community. Please follow this link if you wish to report an incident or concern that violates what Heidelberg and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee stand for. Once there, please click on “Report New Incident” and provide as much information as you can. 

The DEIC wants to hear from the community! What can we do for you. Please feel free to submit any suggestions, ideas or feedback to the committee.


We are continually looking for relevant webinars that are free to watch and relate to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. They will be available here for the Heidelberg community to access at any time.

Green Dot

Green Dot is an evidence-based bystander intervention program aimed at reducing and preventing dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking. The program equips participants with new actions and new ways of responding to a red dot situation.

Student Organizations

Committee Members

  • Dr. Michele Castleman, Associate Professor of Education (2012)
  • Mr. David Cotter, Assistant Professor of Theatre (2016)
  • Ms. Leslie Erwin (Co-Chair), Chief Human Resources Officer (2021)
  • Mr. Brad Gibson, Assistant Director of Admission Operations (2017)
  • Mr. Shaun Gunnell (Co-Chair), Director of Multicultural Student Affairs (2017)
  • Ms. Kiera Harper, Admission Counselor (2021)
  • Ms. Morgan Harrigan, Director of Academic Support (2013)
  • Dr. DoHee Kim-Appel, Associate Professor of Counseling (2018)
  • Dr. Sarah Lazzari, Assistant Professor of Sociology (2019)
  • Dr. Julie O'Reilly, Professor of Communication and Women's and Gender Studies (2005)
  • Rev. Paul Sittason Stark, Chaplain and Director of Religious Life and Civic Engagement (2008)
  • Mr. Douglas Stoll, Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services (2018)

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please reach out to Shaun Gunnell (419.448.2412) or email

Contact Information

April Russell
Executive Assistant to the President, Provost & Board of Trustees

University Hall
Tiffin, OH 44883


Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

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