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Ellison named ASU's Equity and Inclusion director

portrait of Erin Ellison

Erin Ellison has been named the director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion at Arizona State University

August 25, 2015

The ASU Office of Human Resources announces the promotion of Erin Ellison from interim director to director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. In her new role in the area of employment compliance, Ellison ensures an equitable and inclusive workplace environment for faculty, staff and students.    

“This is a critical role at the university that demands deep legal knowledge, good communication and relationship-building skills, and excellent judgment,” said Kevin Salcido, ASU vice president for human resources/chief human resources officer. “Erin displays these attributes in abundance. We are very happy she has accepted the position.”

Ellison joined Arizona State University in September 2014 as a senior equal employment opportunity (EEO) consultant. In that role, she worked on complaint investigations, trainings, conflict resolutions and EEO-related law and policy application. She has extensive experience in investigations, affirmative action, mediation and educational equity. Her previous employers include the Metropolitan Council (Minnesota), the City of St. Paul Department of Human Rights and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“I am committed to the continued success of this office and will remain diligent to ensure quality services, fairness, access to opportunities and inclusiveness,” Ellison said. “I will use all resources available, including proactive measures, to attain these goals.”

Ellison, who begins her new position on Aug. 31, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. As a judge advocate in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, Reserve Component, she is knowledgeable about the military’s equal opportunity policies and Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) programs.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion is a unit of the ASU Office of Human Resources. To schedule a consultation on diversity strategy with Ellison, contact her at 480-965-5057, or visit the Office of Equity and Inclusion online.