Inclusive Excellence Board

Jenna Kurten, Texas A&M University

Dr. Jenna Kurten is the Director of Analytics for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and an Instructional Assistant Professor, teaching culture and diversity in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences.  Her research investigates the intersection of socially-constructed gender roles, family formation ideals, and professional investments cross-culturally. 

Kimberly Lopez, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM)

Dr. Lopez serves as core faculty for the BCM Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biomedical Science and Health Disparities. She is an adjunct faculty at The University of Texas School of Public Health-Division of Management, Policy, and Community Health. She is also a Health Policy Scholar in the BCM Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and a Faculty Affiliate with the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, at Rice University. 

Sarah Murphy, Washington University in St. Louis

Sarah Murphy currently serves the Academy of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as the strategic point person for university-wide committees and councils related to DEI. Her background is in educational advocacy and consulting; she joined WUSTL’s Academy having partnered with organizations, coalitions, and initiatives across the St. Louis region on research, strategy, facilitation, and organizational process improvement through the lens of Racial Equity.

External Advisor

Theresa Chatman, Rice University

Theresa Chatman directs the diversity and inclusion efforts for large, multi-institutional grants for Rice’s Office of Research. She has managed numerous activities at Rice University focused on the recruitment, mentoring, and retention of underrepresented minority (URM) students. She has also been instrumental in many national partnerships and events designed to support URM students.

Read the BPRI inclusion and diversity vision statement.