ISU graduate, staff member named university diversity officer

November 1, 2011

Elonda Ervin, an Indiana State University graduate and staff member, has been tapped to serve as the university's diversity officer.

Ervin has spent the past six years at Indiana State University as an active member of the Diversity Council. She has collaborated with numerous minority, Greek, and women student organizations to increase persistence among those diverse populations.

"I am pleased to have Elonda moving into this important role, and I look forward to working with her to continue the progress that has been made in the past few years," ISU President Dan Bradley said in announcing Ervin's appointment. "Efforts to diversify our faculty and develop an environment that embraces the diversity of individuals, ideas and expressions are critical to preparing our students for today's global economy."

As university diversity officer, Ervin will co-chair the President's Council for Diversity with Josh Powers, professor of educational leadership and special assistant to the provost for academic initiatives.

"I look forward to continuing to work with faculty and staff colleagues in meeting and exceeding diversity related initiatives at Indiana State," Ervin said.

Powers said Ervin's background will be valuable assets as diversity officer.

"Dr. Ervin has particular expertise on issues of diversity, most notably but not limited to her research on black male success at historically white institutions," he said. "She also has intimate familiarity with the needs of students and built strong bridges with the academic community, tools and experiences that will serve her well in this position. President Bradley has made a good choice in selecting her as a campus leader, facilitator, and advocate for diversity. I look forward to working with her."

Ervin is currently director of career development in the ISU Career Center. She previously served as associate director of the Career Center and interim director of the African-American Cultural Center. Ervin has also worked in the Office of Student Activities and Organizations and as an instructor in ISU's Upward Bound program.

She has 10 years of supervisor experience in the business sector and 15 years of teaching experience at numerous institutions of higher education. She served as a guest lecturer at Purdue University-Calumet, Indiana University Northwest and Ivy Tech Community College campuses in Lafayette, Michigan City and Valparaiso.

A Gary native, Ervin holds two degrees from Indiana State - a Ph.D. in educational leadership and a bachelor's degree in criminology. She also holds a master's degree in communication from Purdue University-Calumet and a paralegal certificate from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Ervin will begin her new duties at Indiana State on Nov. 7. Mary Ferguson, who has served as ISU's diversity officer since 2009, is leaving for a position with the education division of the Big Brothers Big Sisters national organization in Philadelphia.

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Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu