MISSOULA – The University of Montana has hired Eric Gutierrez as its new director of equal opportunity and affirmative action after an extensive nationwide search. He will begin his duties July 1.
The director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action serves as the University’s senior EO/AA and discrimination grievance officer. The position oversees UM’s EO/AA policies, practices, publications and programs, as well as advising and training for faculty, staff and students in all aspects of harassment and discrimination awareness, education and prevention. The director also serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
Gutierrez has a long commitment to public interest law, particularly in the areas of immigrants’ rights, employment discrimination, education, voting, housing, health care, financial literacy, LGBT and women’s issues, poverty and access to benefits.
“I am greatly honored and excited to serve the University of Montana community as it strives to enhance equal opportunity and implement affirmative action principles for students, faculty and staff,” Gutierrez said. “As a civil rights advocate, I was drawn to Missoula’s growing diversity and the chance to be a part of the University’s historic response to addressing discrimination issues campuswide.”
He has served as the legislative and public policy director for the National Employment Lawyers Association in Washington, D.C, since 2011. He previously served as an attorney with Columbia Legal Services in Moses Lake, Wash., immigrant policy program director with Appleseed and as a legislative staff attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, also in Washington, D.C.
He earned his law degree from the Seattle University School of Law in 2005. He also holds a master’s in theology from the Catholic University of America and a bachelor’s in creative writing from Pepperdine University.
“Eric brings great depth of experience both as a director, trainer and practicing attorney in the areas of equal opportunity and affirmative action,” said UM President Royce Engstrom. “His fresh perspective and insight into policy reform at the national level will enrich UM’s already strong commitment to discrimination prevention and the promotion of equal opportunity.”
For more information call the UM Office of the President at 406-243-2311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.