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Holcomb appoints first equity chief

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Karrah A. Herring was named chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer by Gov. Eric J. Holcomb. 

In this newly created position, Herring will help state agencies develop strategic plans to remove barriers to equity and inclusion. Herring will report to the governor and begin her position on Feb. 1, 2021.

“My goal is to better build diversity and foster an inclusive environment within state government and the services we provide so every Hoosier can take full advantage of their gifts and potential,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Karrah will guide every state agency with her impressive experience at one of our state’s world-renowned universities.”

Herring is currently the director of public affairs for the University of Notre Dame. Previously, she was the director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator. Herring created the affirmative action plans for Notre Dame, oversaw employee disability compliance and workplace investigations that fell under Title VII and IX.

“I am honored to join Gov. Holcomb’s administration and be named the state’s first chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer,” Herring said. “This is an incredible opportunity to drive cultural change across state government workplaces and essential state services by increasing equity and inclusion.”

Holcomb also announced CenterPoint Energy Foundation is supporting the state’s diversity and inclusion programs and services.

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