In addition to being involved in the new partnership with the Ganondagan State Historic Site and Future Stewards Initiative, Jason Younker will also co-chair the President’s Commission on Pluralism and Inclusion. The co-chair appointment is for one year and begins this fall.
The commission is a university-wide committee comprised of RIT faculty, staff, students and administrators who organize both formal and informal educational programs and dialogues about diversity. The group is part of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.
Younker, a member of the Coquille Indian Tribe, has been a part of the commission since 2007 and has participated on the group’s community affairs committee. He was appointed by Kevin McDonald, RIT chief diversity officer, and will share duties with Sandra Whitmore, director of diversity initiatives and operations in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.
“Jason brings a strong faculty connection to the Commission but more importantly, he was also one of the key individuals in developing and strengthening the relationship between RIT and leaders from Ganondagan and the Iroquois Nation,” says McDonald.