Robinette Kelley will become Iowa State's director of equal opportunity on Feb. 4. She comes to Iowa State from The State University of New York, Buffalo, where she served as assistant director in the equity, diversity and inclusion office.
At Iowa State, Kelley will lead and manage all aspects of equal opportunity and affirmative action programs, from ensuring university compliance with laws and regulations to investigating and resolving complaints. She is the first permanent director of equal opportunity since the offices of human resource services and equal opportunity were reorganized into separate units in 2011.
Kelley brings experience in labor and employment law and equal employment opportunity compliance to Iowa State. She spent the past four years at SUNY at Buffalo providing expertise on issues of equal opportunity, sexual harassment prevention, diversity and inclusion, disability and religious accommodations, and conflict resolution. She also investigated and resolved complaints of discrimination and harassment and provided training on sexual harassment prevention, diversity and inclusion, and conflict resolution.
Prior to that, she served in the SUNY at Buffalo employee relations office, investigating complaints and labor/management issues, and advising and training managers on a variety of issues.
She received a master’s degree in higher education administration from The State University of New York at Buffalo and bachelor's degree in economics and finance from The State University of New York College at Buffalo.