President's Commissions



President's Commission on Disability Issues

Chair: Dr. Stacey Marvetta Brown, Associate Director, Student Support Services, Academic Achievement Program, sbrown2@umd.edu

Established in 1986, the President's Commission on Disability Issues is responsible for advising the President on issues of concern to people with disabilities. The Commission investigates and studies these issues as part of the University's commitment to the full participation of all members of its community in the educational, cultural, and social life of the campus. Its mission is to recommend steps that will help the University create a respectful, inclusive and universally accessible environment for people with disabilities

President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues

Chair: Dr. James McShay, Associate Director, Stamp Student Union, Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy, jmcshay@umd.edu

The President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues (PCEMI) was established in 1973 to address the concerns of ethnic minority groups on the UM campus. As an advocate for the ethnic minority community, PCEMI has endeavored to ensure that barriers to equal access are identified and addressed, and that ethnic minorities are represented in all aspects of life and study throughout the UM campus.

President's Commission on LGBT Issues

Chair: Dr. Daryle Williams, Associate Professor, Department of History, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Arts and Humanities, daryle@umd.edu

The PCLGBTI is responsible for advising the President and others in the campus administration, on issues of concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, faculty, and staff. The Commission's responsibilities include recommending policies and programs to ensure that the campus is sensitive to the needs of the many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons who are part of the University community.

President's Commission on Women's Issues

Chair: Dr. Ellin K. Scholnick, Faculty Ombuds Officer, Office of the President, escholni@umd.edu

The primary mission of the President's Commission on Women's Issues (PCWI) is to be an advocate for the interest of the entire community of women at UM. This community includes undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, administrators, and both exempt and non-exempt staff. In its advocacy role, the Commission places particular emphasis on the diverse perspectives of women within the community. To achieve its mission, the Commission:
  • Advises the President on issues related to women, gender, and diversity.
  • Communicates and collaborates with other groups concerned with gender and diversity.
  • Investigates, studies, and makes recommendations concerning the needs of all constituencies of women in the campus community.
  • Suggests responses to problems as they arise and communicates these suggestions to the President.
  • Educates the community about women's issues.
  • Celebrates women's accomplishments.