MADISON – Dasheika Kidd, of Racine, is among 30 people appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion. The new council, announced by Gov. Tony Evers this week, will provide strategic guidance to the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the Department of Administration while developing a sustainable framework to promote and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion practices across the state government.

Kidd is currently the program manager at the Racine Financial Empowerment Center and Racine program manager at Housing Resource Center Inc. She is also a member of the City of Racine Affirmative Action and Human Rights Commission.

The Advisory Council is chaired by Secretary-designee Dawn Crim of the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). Further, the council is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Feb. 19.

“Most of us on this council have been doing this work in our organizations and communities for as long as we can remember,” Crim said in a statement. “We have been building each other up, helping each other find paths to success, and creating opportunities when none were available to us. It was always important work and it made an impact. This Council enables us to combine our efforts to take them to the next level. We will work together to leverage our experience and expertise for the benefit of the entire state—because a diverse, equitable, and inclusive society truly does benefit all of us.”

Full member list

In addition to Kidd and Crim, other members of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion will be:

  • Robyn Davis, J.D., President and CEO, Brown County United Way
  • Marie Summers, Councilwoman, Oneida Business Committee
  • Mai J. Lo Lee, Diversity Director, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office at UW-Green Bay
  • Dr. Monica Cummings, Assistant Minister, Bradford Community Church
  • Dr. LaVar J. Charleston, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Clinical Professor, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mai Xiong, President, Hmong American Leadership and Economic Development, Eau Claire City Councilmember
  • Shaundel Spivey, Director, Upward Bound and President/Co-Founder of B.L.A.C.K
  • Dr. Odawa L.A. White, Dean of Student Affairs, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College
  • Ruben Hopkins, Chairman/CEO of the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
  • Jessica Boling, Co-Chair, Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of Wisconsin 
  • Victor Barnett, Founder/Executive Director, Running Rebels Community Organization
  • Que El-Amin, Co-Founder, Young Enterprising Society
  • Markasa Tucker, Executive Director of the African American Roundtable, Inc., a project of the Hmong American Women’s Association
  • Tammy Rivera, Executive Director, Southside Organizing Center of Milwaukee
  • Nisreen Atta, Registered Nurse and Muslim Liaison, Islamic Society of Milwaukee
  • Beth Wroblewski, Executive Director, Employment Resources, Inc.
  • Jessica Cavazos, President/CEO, Wisconsin Latino Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins, Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Percy Brown, Jr., Director of Equity and Student Achievement, Middleton Cross Plains Area School District
  • Adin Palau, Assistant Director of Community Relations and Campus Engagement, University of Wisconsin Madison and Chair, State Council on Affirmative Action
  • Dr. Alex Gee, President and Founder, Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development and Pastor, Fountain of Life Covenant Church
  • Vanessa McDowell, CEO, YWCA Madison
  • Amy Pechacek, Secretary-designee, Department of Workforce Development
  • Kevin Carr, Secretary, Department of Corrections
  • Mary Kolar, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Karen Timberlake, interim Secretary, Department of Health Services 
  • Joaquín Altoro, Executive Director and CEO, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
  • Emilie Amundson, Secretary, Department of Children and Families

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