The Holland College of Arts and Media Diversity and Inclusion Committee seeks to intentionally foster equity, diversity and inclusion within the college, university, and service area.

This will be accomplished through:

  • Recruitment and retention efforts
  • Curriculum advocacy and development
  • Creative activity
HCAM Diversity & Inclusion, Student Interest Form

Student and Faculty Groups

There’s no shortage of student, faculty, and community groups working to support diversity in our community. We’ve compiled the information, so you can get involved and make a difference.

Campus and City Resources

Looking for local businesses to support? We’ve got you covered. In addition, several offices on campus offer terrific resources for diversity and inclusion for your awareness as well as processes for reporting issues.

Committee Members

portrait of joseph jefferson posed against a generic backgroundDr. Joseph L. Jefferson, Chair 

Preferred Pronoun: He/Him/His 
Department: Music 
Where from: Jarratt, VA 
Nationality: African American 
Length of time serving: Founding Member, since 2018 
Statement: “As a minority teaching in higher education, I feel that it is critical to be visible and vocal for those who feel unheard. This committee affords me the opportunity to do just that by advocating for underrepresented and marginalized groups of people.” 

portrait of tarama buck posed against a generic backdropDr. Tamara Zellars Buck 

Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers 
Department: Mass Media 
Where from: Charleston, MO 
Nationality: African American 
Length of time serving: Founding Member, since 2018 
Statement: “I have watched black students, faculty and professional staff leave this university at alarming rates, and those who remain have no one to look to for mentorship or advice. I want to use my voice to increase visibility of minorities by providing support that makes them feel they are seen, heard, and safe on this campus. Further, I want to ingrain representation and inclusion of diverse groups in our curriculum, campus culture, and this community. It’s important to me that I use my experiences, skills, and vision to lead and be a resource who can encourage, educate and enable others to pursue academic and career goals above and beyond any obstacles they may encounter.” 

portrait of josh harvey posted against a generic blurred backgroundJosh Harvey 

Preferred Pronoun: He/Him/His 
Department: Conservatory of Theatre and Dance 
Where from: Lexington, VA 
Nationality: White American 
Length of time serving: Founding Member, since 2018 
Statement: "I believe in the fundamental dignity of all human persons. I believe it is our moral imperative as humans, and particularly as storytellers, to have an empathic understanding of the human condition faced by all people. I believe it is too simple to throw about current anti-racist language and jargon, but when it is used it should be about self-reflection and societal and personal human transformation. I believe that bringing these understandings of self and the world serve the conversations that students must be allowed to have in order to change the arts and the world."  

portrait of Sophia Han posed against a generic backgroundDr. Sophia Han 

Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers 
Department: Music 
Where from: Wuhan, China 
Nationality: Chinese-American 
Length of time serving: Since Spring 2020 
Statement“I want to use my visibility to provide our students, staff, and faculty of color the opportunity to be seen. I want to use my voice to help raise the voices of those who are unheard. My students inspire me to continue to defend and protect their equality on this campus regardless of their ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic background. This is why I am here.” 

portrait of benjie heu posed against a blurred backgroundBenjie Heu 

Preferred Pronoun: He/Him/His 
Department: Department of Art and Design 
Where from: All over. Panama, Hawaii, Alabama, Massachusetts, Ohio, Mississippi, California, and now Southeast Missouri! 
Nationality: Biracial: Asian and White  
Length of time serving: Since 2018 
Statement“We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community—and this nation.” – Cesar Chavez 

anthony shepherd standing on a stage in front of a micrphone speakingAnthony Shepard 

Preferred Pronoun: He/Him/His 
Department: Conservatory of Theatre and Dance 
Where from: St. Louis, MO 
Nationality: African American 
Length of time serving: Founding Member, since 2018 
Statement: “I am here to ensure that there is a space for everyone on campus. It is my desire to assist the faculty, staff, and students with creating and maintaining a community in which we celebrate our differences.” 


portrait of roxanne wellington posed against a blurred backgroundRoxanne Wellington 

Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers 
Department: Conservatory of Theatre and Dance 
Where from: Metro Detroit Area 
Nationality: White American 
Length of time serving: Since Spring 2020 
StatementI hope to use my visibility and voice to support students, faculty and staff to celebrate their diversity, and to help amplify the voices of marginalized members of our Southeast community. My goal as a theatre educator has always been to educate myself as well as my students to be aware when all voices are not being heard, and to notice when there isn’t a space for everyone to be included - to find ways to create them. I’m excited and proud to be serving on a committee that is devoted to recognizing and respecting what makes us unique. I want to do my part to ensure that Southeast is a place where individuals are valued and treated equitably, and a place that allows everyone to contribute, thrive and celebrate together. 

portrait of Duane Jones posed against a generic photo backgroundDuane Jones 

Preferred Pronoun: He/Him/His 
Department: Residence Life 
Where from: Hannibal, MO 
Current Location: Arlington, Texas 
Nationality: Bi-Racial: African American and White 
Length of time served: 1 year 
Statement“I joined the committee because of my commitment to diversity, inclusion, and visibility is something I hold near to my heart to serve every student I come in contact with.” 

HCAM Equity and Diversity Student Advisor

"Helping found the committee allowed me to be the change I wanted to see in the world. It was an honor to collaborate with so much talent. I hope the committee continues its community building as we push for interpersonal and structural change."

Anthony Michael Shepard

Anthony Shepard emcees an event at Southeast Missouri State University.