Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Members

If you have any questions or issues regarding diversity, inclusion, and equity, please contact a committee member listed below.

DEI committee member group photo.
  • Tarah Sullivan (she/her/hers)
    Soils Faculty – Dr. Sullivan is a first-generation college student, originally from East Texas where her she grew up on a cattle ranch. She conducts research, teaching, and K-12 outreach in soil microbiology, biogeochemistry, and biodiversity in soil health. Her work actively seeks to integrate Indigenous ways of knowing with Western Science. She’s an engaged member of the CAHNRS DEI committee, and the WSU Commission for the Status of Women, as well as the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences (ACSESS) Committee for Women in Science, the ACSESS Committee for DEI, the Subcommittee for Anti-Harassment and Ethics. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, digging in her garden with her chickens, and spending time with her two daughters.
  • Lynne Carpenter-Boggs (she/her)
    Senior Soils Faculty and Chair – Dr. Carpenter-Boggs is a first generation college graduate from southern Idaho. She conducts research and teaching in soil science and sustainable agriculture, and directs the WSU Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture. At the base of this work is an appreciation that every person and every farm is at its best when it is a unique individual. She has served as the major advisor to graduate students from 9 countries, and now edits in her sleep.
  • Mike Pumphrey
    Senior Crops Faculty – Mike is a professor of wheat breeding and genetics that has worked on collaborative research with partners in many countries. He is actively engaged in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral research associates, and junior faculty. He was recognized by the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative as recipient of the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Mentor Award for impact while training early-career female scientists. He also teaches a high-enrollment undergraduate course, a graduate course, manages the WSU spring wheat variety development program, and participates in dozens of outreach activities annually, including direct contact with at least 500 farmers and industry stakeholders each year.
  • Kevin Murphy (he/him/his)
    Crops Faculty – Kevin is an Associate Professor of International Seed and Cropping Systems. He leads the Sustainable Seed Systems Lab at WSU. His research focuses on increasing the genetic- and bio-diversity of cropping systems across Washington State through the development of new cultivars and implementation of ecologically-rooted production practices. Internationally, he and his team conduct participatory breeding and agronomic research on quinoa, barley, and millets in Rwanda, Malawi, and Ecuador.
  • Kim Garland-Campbell (she/her/hers)
    Adjunct Faculty, USDA-ARS
  • Colette Casavant (she/her/hers)
    Academic Advisor/Director of Undergraduate Student Success – Colette M. Casavant is the Director of Student Success for Washington State University’s (WSU) College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). She is also an academic advisor for the undergraduate Agricultural & Food Systems (AFS), Integrated Plant Science, and Viticulture & Enology degree programs as well as for WSU’s Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) student club. Colette serves as the CAHNRS Liaison for WSU’s Team Mentoring Program, a program designed to support underrepresented students in STEM majors. Her research interests include student community engagement as a strategy to increase student retention. Colette is passionate about supporting students in their personal, academic, and professional goals. She seeks to support students from a wholistic perspective, understanding that students’ complete story affects their present and future life choices and experiences.
  • Tricia DeMacon (she/her/hers)
    Scientific Assistant – Tricia is the field manager for the USDA-ARS Club Wheat breeding program at WSU. She was born and raised in Pullman and has been working in the Crop and Soils department since she was in high school (since 2008). She is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. In her free time, Tricia enjoys hiking and camping with her partner and their three dogs. Having grown up in Pullman and being a part of the WSU community for so long, Tricia cares deeply about the community and is dedicated to making it a safe and equitable place for all minorities and underrepresented groups.
  • Emily Klarquist
    Scientific Assistant/PhD Candidate – Emily first joined the Crop and Soil Science Department in 2013 when she started her master’s program. She is currently the greenhouse technician for USDA-ARS Club Wheat Breeding Program and a Ph.D. candidate in the Spring Wheat Breeding Program at WSU, Pullman. As someone living with a chronic disease since childhood, she intimately understands the daily challenges of living with a disability. She is excited to be a member of the CSS DEI Committee and seeks to create a welcoming environment for students, postdoctoral research associates, staff, and faculty. Her main goals are to improve hiring practices and retention; train staff and faculty on inclusive practices; and introduce undergraduates from historically marginalized groups to graduate opportunities and internships.
  • Cedric Habiyaremye (he/him/his)
    Research Associate/Post-Doc- Cedric Habiyaremye is a Rwandan Crop Scientist and Agricultural Entrepreneur with 10+ years of experience in international agricultural development, focusing on the links between agriculture, food systems, and nutrition. He is currently a Research Associate at Washington State University, where he leads the Global Participatory Quinoa Research Program. He also serves as Research Lead at Food Systems for the Future, a nutrition impact investment fund. Cedric has served on various committees and boards. He is currently serving as a member of the Private Sector Mechanism Youth Macro Committee at the United Nations Committee on World Food Security. He is also a member of the United Nations Association, and a New Voices Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute. As a global hunger fighter and nutrition thought leader and advocate, Cedric has been an invited participant in the White House briefing on numerous occasions under the Biden administration including, the White House briefing on the United Nations Food Systems Summit and the White House briefing on American leadership to end hunger and malnutrition at home and abroad. He also served as the youngest member of the Global Agriculture Task Force of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and has contributed to the 2019 Global Food Security Report. Cedric was also a fellow of the US Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security; the Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program; and the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development. In 2018, Cedric was awarded the World Hunger Leadership Award for his contributions to agricultural development and the fight against hunger and malnutrition. He is dedicated to making nutritious food available, accessible, and affordable to the vulnerable population/underserved communities.
  • Joao Antonangelo
    Soils Faculty