INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named Doneisha Posey, J.D. as vice president of Diversity, Equity and Belonging, effective April 6, 2020. The position was posted nationally and had more than 90 qualified applicants. This position will champion a diverse and inclusive college environment, and will actively engage students, faculty, and staff to advance behaviors, attitudes, and policies that increase awareness and commitment to eliminating student success and employment equity gaps. Posey most recently served at the College’s executive director of Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging.
“Ivy Tech Community College continues to enhance our statewide impact on the community by supporting our students, faculty, and staff with a welcoming, inclusive and equitable culture,” said Posey. “I’m honored to continue to contribute to the mission of creating a culture where everyone is respected and where all perspectives and backgrounds work together to advance diversity, equity, and belonging for all.”
Prior to Ivy Tech, Posey served as deputy director and general counsel of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. She also serves as an adjunct law professor at Indiana University McKinney School of Law where she teaches Housing Discrimination and Segregation, as well as Race and the Law. Earlier this year, she was named 40 Under 40 by the Indianapolis Business Journal and Indy’s Best and Brightest in Education/Nonprofit by the Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. In 2019, she received the Indiana Civil Rights Commission’s Drum Major for Justice Award and was the 2018 Marion County Bar Association Lawyer of the Year.
Posey’s career 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.
“As Indiana’s most accessible post-secondary education institution, Ivy Tech is critical to Hoosier prosperity and a strong Indiana economy. We understand it is our responsibility to serve all Hoosiers and eliminate equity gaps for students and employees,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President. “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.”
As a native of Indianapolis, Posey holds her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Additionally, she has a Bachelor’s degree from Marian University.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.