Karrah Herring

Karrah Herring

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has named Notre Dame University’s public affairs director as Indiana’s first-ever chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer effective Feb. 1.

Karrah A. Herring will report directly to Holcomb as a member of the cabinet and will focus on improving state government operations as well as drive change to remove hurdles in the government workplace and services the state provides. Herring will help agencies develop strategic plans to remove barriers.

“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,” Holcomb said in a news release. “Karrah will guide every state agency with her impressive experience at one of our state’s world-renowned universities.”

In addition to naming Herring, the governor also announced that the CenterPoint Energy Foundation is supporting the state’s diversity and inclusion programs and services. The foundation is providing a financial contribution for the position.

Herring has worked at Notre Dame since 2011 and from 2014 to 2018, served on Notre Dame’s human resource’s senior leadership team as director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator. In that role, Herring provided oversight and support of the university’s efforts to comply with federal and state civil rights laws related to policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Herring created Notre Dame’s affirmative action plans, had oversight of employee disability compliance for the campus, and oversaw workplace investigations falling under Title VII and Title IX.

Herring earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and her law degree from Valparaiso University.

“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 announced that he would create the chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer during in an address to the state in August.

CenterPoint Energy, through its charitable foundation, has been in discussions with the state since the announcement of the position in August about how they may partner with the state on diversity and inclusion programs.

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