Committee on Environment, Quality of Life, and Disability Issues

2022-2025: (9 Members)

Committee Members:

    1. Noelia Diaz, English, co-Chair (2024)
    2. Tanya Zhelezcheva, English, co-Chair (2024)
    3. Kelly Ford, Business (2023)
    4. Janet Franzese, Nursing (2023)
    5. Mohammad Javdan, Biology (2023)
    6. Yusuf Gurtas, Mathematics and Computer Sciences (2024)
    7. Changiz Alizadeh, Mathematics and Computer Science, Secretary (2025)
    8. Dorith Brodbar, Counseling (2025)

Subcommittee on Accessibility: Prof. Angela Ridinger-Dotterman, Chair 

Student Representatives

  1. TBA
  2. TBA


  • Vice-President William Faulkner, Finance & Administration, President's Designee
  • Mr. Benami Freier, Liaison, Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Mr. John Triolo, Liaison, Office of Campus Safety
  • Prof. Anthony Monahan (HPED), Liaison, Steering Committee
  • Mr. Mel Rodriguez, Liaison, Environmental Health and Safety
  • Prof. Elizabeth Toohey (English), Liaison, Committee on Committees
  • Ms. Isabel Hocevar, R.N., Liaison, Office of Health Services
  • Prof. Clara Wajngurt (Mathematics), Chair, PSC Health and Safety

Committee Upcoming Meetings:

Please contact: Noelia Diaz (co-Chair,, Tanya Zhelezcheva (co-Chair,, or Changiz Alizadeh (Secretary,

Bylaws Charges

Section 21. Committee on Environment, Quality of Life and Disability Issues

The Committee on Environment, Quality of Life and Disability Issues shall consist of nine (9) members of the instructional staff and two (2) students.

The Committee on Environment, Quality of Life and Disability Issues shall:

  1. Through a process that involves the administration, formulate and recommend to the Academic Senate policies and practices pertaining to the College environment in matters of health, safety, security, maintenance and allocation of facilities;
  2. Evaluate and report to the Academic Senate on the administrative response to problems in the College environment;
  3. Receive all proposals concerning naming and renaming campus facilities and make appropriate recommendations to the Academic Senate;
  4. Review and report on College Master Plan regarding facilities and the campus environment;
  5. Review the assessment of the campus with regard to services for students with disabilities and disability issues as the assessment relates and pertains to the campus environment and campus facilities and make appropriate recommendations to the Academic Senate.

Steering Committee Suggested Charges/Committee Goals

Continue work on posting committee-specific Committee Guide Addendum

Report to Senate on:

   UDL faculty support workshops

   SSD student survey

   ADA restrooms progress

   Any Child Care Center updates

   Plant renovations updates

The continuation of the sub-committee on accessibility requires approval from the Senate. Please submit a rationale to the SC to extend the subcommittee for another year.

Post the upcoming scheduled committee meeting dates onto the committee website.

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