New consultants join ASU Office of Equity and Inclusion

Erin Ellison

The Office of Equity and Inclusion at Arizona State University recently added two new senior equal employment opportunity consultants in its ongoing effort to promote a campus culture that is free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Beverly Walker joined ASU this month after five years as the state of Arizona’s chief presiding administrative law judge for the Department of Economic Security (DES) Office of Appeals. At DES, Walker handled employment cases involving discrimination, harassment, employment separation and voluntary resignations. She also managed a team of administrative law judges and wrote the policies and procedures for DES’s Quality Control project.

Before joining the DES, Walker worked at a national law firm in Phoenix. She has a bachelor's in business management from the Honors College at the University of Southern Mississippi and a law degree from Mississippi College Law School.

Erin Ellison, who joined ASU in September, has an extensive background in equal opportunity-related work with experience in investigations, affirmative action, mediation and educational equity. Her previous work experience includes positions with the Metropolitan Council (Minnesota), the City of St. Paul Department of Human Rights and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

At the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Ellison works extensively with academic units and Human Resources on complaint investigations, trainings, conflict resolutions and application of equal opportunity-related laws and policies.

Ellison holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Ellison, who is the daughter of ASU Football Hall of Famer Windlan Hall, also is a judge advocate in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, Reserve Component, and is knowledgeable on the military’s equal opportunity policies and SHARP programs.

Both Walker and Ellison will work under the direction of the office's executive director Kamala Green to ensure thorough and timely investigations of allegations of employment discrimination or harassment. They also will work with Jodi Preudhomme, Title IX coordinator and special counsel, to investigate sex discrimination complaints under Title IX.