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 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission
2016 AFC Commission of the Year

The mission of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission is to promote diverse, welcoming, and just environments within AFC and each of its respective colleges through:

  • Serving as a resource to build awareness for EDI issues relevant to college and student communities
  • Assessing the needs of diverse and underrepresented populations
  • Sharing best practices of EDI initiatives in higher education
  • Building a network of communication and support for all those interested in influencing positive EDI change at their institutions



  1. What We Do
  2. Executive Board
  3. Bylaws
  4. Newsletter
  5. Announcements
  6. Awards and Recognition

EDI: Who We Are


Historically, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission's purpose was to provide leadership, advice and counsel on EA/EO/Equity matters, to recommend equity legislative issues to AFC, and to provide a vehicle for professional development.  This year we expanded our scope by adding elements of general diversity and inclusion work that would be relevant all AFC members, regardless of if they serve their institution in an official equity role.  True diversity involves EVERYONE. We are Stronger Together!

Executive Board

Chair:  Melissa Pinero, Gulf Coast State College
Phone: 850-873-3526

Chair-Elect: Daniel Cronrath, Florida Gateway College

Past Chair: Lonnie Thompson, Daytona State College
Phone: 386-506-3973

Secretary: Naisy Dolar, Gulf Coast State College
Phone: 850-769-1551 ext. 3321

Treasurer: Patricia McGee, Pasco-Hernando State College
Phone: 727-816-3169


Information about upcoming conferences, exemplary practice, and special contests will be posted here. Check back throughout the year for updates.

Call for submissions is now closed for the 2016 Exemplary Practice Awards!

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Recognizing the need to establish procedures and guidelines as they reflect the rights, responsibilities, and objectives of its membership, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission hereby adopts these Bylaws:

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The Commission will be reviewing the bylaws this year for any updates to be implemented after convention.


The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission Newsletter is published electronically twice a year.  If you wish to be included in our mailing, please officially register with AFC as a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission.  EDI does not need to be your "primary" commission to receive our communications.  

Awards and Recognition

 Exemplary Practice Awards

 2016 Tabitha Parker and Isi Ogwude, Gulf Coast State College

"Diversity Lunch & Learn Series"

 2014 Rachel Luce-Hitt, Valencia College
"Beyond Compliance: Creating an Inclusive Environment for the LGBTQI Community"

 2013 Aminah Nicols and Darrius Demps, Santa Fe College
"My Brother's Keeper"

 2012 Rachel Allen, Valencia College
"Peace and Justice Initiative"