Erin Mieskowski (she/they) will begin their tenure as Assistant Director with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on April 11, 2022.
Erin has served as a student affairs practitioner-scholar for seventeen years, with her most recent role at Davenport University.
Erin was born and raised in Illinois (not Chicago) and relocated to West Michigan to attend Hope College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. While enrolled at Hope, Erin worked in residence life and was a member and leader of many different student organizations, including Gospel Choir, Chapel Choir, and Black Student Union. Erin was also a student assistant in the (then) Office of Multicultural Education, which catalyzed their interest in higher education.
Erin earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership from GVSU and served at institutions around the state before returning to Grand Rapids.
"Erin's expansive work experience in areas of college administration complement her accomplishments with cultivating community partnerships and equity-focused training and development," said Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. "Erin's contributions to the ODEI team will be immeasurable as we continue to strengthen our goals and vision and amplify this important work."
Erin is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. In this capacity and through civic engagement, she loves to connect and build relationships while encouraging others to be their best authentic and vulnerable selves.
Her Master's thesis examined how to support Black Women in higher education. Erin's other research interests and experiences reflect an intersectional approach, which includes facilitating discussions about the intersection of race, queerness, and Christianity.
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