54.7 F
Indianapolis
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Ivy Tech’s new VP of diversity, equity and belonging found her passion early

More by this author

Police have a legitimacy problem to address first

Lauryn Smith sat on the sidewalk during a sit-in on Indiana Avenue earlier in September and thought about whether it’s actually possible for police...

City leaders, community members disagree on demilitarization

When protesters came face to face with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers downtown May 30, the anger and confusion from the crowd was...

IU School of Medicine to participate in COVID-19 vaccine trial

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine will be looking for volunteers to receive a two-round COVID-19 vaccination when the trial resumes in...

Substance use disorder stigma: the ‘scarlet letter’

They say when white folks catch a cold, Black folks get pneumonia. The saying usually applies to economic disparities, but what about when white...

Doneisha Posey heard from a young age that she would be a good lawyer someday.

Posey, then a middle schooler in Wayne Township, started noticing some of the inequities around her. Some of her friends didn’t even know what National Honor Society was, for instance, and their teachers certainly didn’t encourage them to learn more about it.

So Posey started asking questions of her teachers and school counselors to learn what was going on, as any good future lawyer would do.

Now, skip ahead to present day, and Posey has made it her life’s work to make sure diversity and inclusion are priorities for institutions and agencies.

Posey became vice president of diversity, equity and belonging at Ivy Tech in April.

Before that, she was deputy director and general counsel of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. She is also an adjunct law professor at Indiana University McKinney School of Law where she teaches classes about housing discrimination and segregation, as well as race and the law.

Posey’s experience also includes serving as legal advisor for the governor’s Commission on Minority and Women Business Enterprises, administrative law judge at the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and immigration litigation attorney in private practice.

“Doing all of that kind of shifted me to come to Ivy Tech,” she said, “where I could be more of a proactive participant in creating equity.”

When it comes to higher education, talk of diversity and inclusion is usually centered on students, but there is of course the leadership side — from professors to academic advisors to chancellors.

An institution can make “inclusion” a priority, but Posey said it’s best to consider what it means to feel like you truly belong somewhere as a next step. That can hinge on who works with students and if students see themselves reflected in leadership.

“It’s a really big task,” said Posey, whose job it is to make sure every Ivy Tech campus across the state have policies and procedures that include lenses to consider racial equity and diversity.

Posey, who grew up in Indianapolis and went to Ben Davis High School, said the conversation should shift from equality to equity and equal opportunity.

“You can’t talk about equal opportunity without talking about systemic inequities that create privilege for one group and not the other,” she said.

Posey was chosen for her new position out of a national pool of about 90 qualified candidates.

“We understand it is our responsibility to serve all Hoosiers and eliminate equity gaps for students and employees,” Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech, said in a press release. “I am pleased to have someone as qualified and respected as Doneisha Posey to lead our College’s efforts and engage with the communities we serve across the state.”

Contact staff writer Tyler Fenwick at 317-762-7853. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.

Doneisha Posey (Photo provided)

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest local news.

Stay connected

16,331FansLike
3,142FollowersFollow
5,950FollowersFollow
14SubscribersSubscribe

Related articles

Popular articles

Ethics and professionalism in the workplace

If you look up the word ethics in the dictionary, you’ll find this definition: “rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally...

Cook Medical supplier facility coming to northeast side

A new manufacturing facility on the northeast side will bring up to 100 jobs that will average $16 an hour and include...

Meet the director of equity and inclusion at Washington Township Schools

This school year, the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township school board hired Dr. Erica Buchanan-Rivera to fill the newly created position...

‘Make or break time’: Black business owners counting on Small Business Saturday

Sandy Crain decided to take a leap of faith about a month ago. She had been saving money from her job at...

Why influenza is still more dangerous than coronavirus

February is the peak season for the influenza virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most people believe the virus...
Español + Translate »
Skip to content