Diversity and Community Engagement
The University of Mississippi

Bias Education and Response Team Members


The Co-chairs ensure that the process runs smoothly from start to finish. The Co-Chairs are positioned to understand the tensions of navigating these incidents and leverage their relationships to delegate tasks and equip the other Team members with resources. Co-chairs will be (1) senior-level leader from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and (1) faculty member.


Norris “EJ” Edney, Director – Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

Faculty Representative – Currently Vacant


Executive Team

The executive team members liaise between the affected parties and the Co-chairs. They are directly involved in the development of resources. Executive Team members are also responsible for drafting follow-up reports of bias incident response processes and their outcomes. Conduct, UPD, and EORC representatives will determine jurisdiction and initiate investigation of alleged or potential violations of policy and/or law if warranted. General Counsel will provide legal advice if warranted. 


Shawnboda Mead, Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement

Norris “EJ” Edney and Faculty Representative, Team Co-Chairs

Currently Vacant, Office of the General Counsel

Tracy Murry, Director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct

Lagathia Caradine, Detective Lieutenant UPD

Honey Ussery, Interim Director Equal Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance

Education Team

Education team members participate most directly in the co-creation and delivery of resources to affected parties. These individuals represent several high-touch areas across campus, and are able to leverage their connections in student spaces to advance resource delivery.  Education Team members have considerable experience working with students. 


Norris “EJ” Edney, Director,  Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

Isaiah Wilson, Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Programming & Initiatives,  Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

Michael Barnett, Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

Graham Bodie, Professor of Integrated Marketing Communication

Jennifer Saxon, Senior Associate Athletic Director Social Responsibility and Engagement, Intercollegiate Athletics

Carrie Smith, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Kevin Cozart, Operations Coordinator,  Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies