The GSD Diversity Council serves as the committee arm of the GSD’s ongoing efforts to increase diversity, deepen inclusion, and advance a sense of belonging for all GSD community members.


The Mission of the GSD Diversity Council is to engage students, faculty, and staff in supporting a diverse intellectual and social climate. In alignment with this mission, it provides strategic consultation around concerns that impact inclusivity and belonging for all members of the GSD community. These concerns include, but are not limited to, recruitment and retention, curriculum, communications, media, and public events. The Council’s consultation seeks to advance a welcoming environment for individuals of varied abilities, backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, identities, races, lived experiences, perspectives, and values.

Academic Year 2019-2020 Subcommittees

Communications, Media, and Public Events
Goal: Defining formal structure (timeline and pipeline list) for recruiting guests to speak at the GSD.

  • Naisha Bradley, D.I.B. Office
  • Gail Gustafson, Student Services Office
  • Paige Johnston, Communications Office
  • Chelsea Kilburn, Womxn in Design
  • Caroline Newton, Dean’s Office
  • CJ Ru, Assistant Director for Marketing, Technology, and Global Programs
  • Tiera Satchebell, AASU Co-President
  • Esther Chong Weathers, D.I.B. Office
  • Wei Zeng, Co-President of ChinaGSD

Retention and Recruitment
Goal: Craft strategies for diverse recruitment of faculty, staff, and students and propose retention practices that foster inclusion

  • John Aslanian, Student Services Office
  • Lauren Baccus, Human Resources Office
  • Pamela Baldwin, Faculty Planning Office
  • Martin Bechthold, DDes/MDE Program
  • Gareth Doherty, MLA Program
  • Fiona Kennedy, Womxn in Design
  • Kevin Lau, Library
  • Geri Nederhoff, Student Services
  • Ketevan Ninua, Development and Alumni Relations Office
  • Christopher Reed, LAUD Program
  • Laier-Rayshon Smith, AASU Co-President
  • Laura Snowdon, Student Services
  • Sara Wilkinson, Human Resources Office

Goal: Identify strategies that can be widely implemented to include issues of equity into GSD courses.

  • Aditi Agarwal, Student Forum Diversity Chair
  • Jennifer Bonner, MArch II Program (on leave in the fall)
  • Ann Forsyth, MUP Program
  • Stephen Gray, Urban Design Program
  • Jon Lott, MArch Program
  • John May, MDes Program
  • Rahul Mehrotra, Urban Design and Planning
  • Bryan Ortega-Welch, MArch Student
  • Richard Peiser, MUP Program
  • John Peterson, Loeb Fellow Curator
  • Vaissnavi Shukl, Womxn in Design