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Nov. 3, 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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Eastern Michigan University names Abraham diversity director

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University has named Sharon L. Abraham, of Lathrup Village, as its new director of diversity.

Abraham’s appointment is effective immediately, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

            “Sharon Abraham's presence at the University comes at an important moment in its history.  While the institution is presently diverse, it aspires to be more so.  Perhaps, more important, we intend to leverage our diversity toward intentional intercultural outcomes for all students.  And Sharon's experience and abilities are key to our success with this,” said Dr. John Fallon, president of EMU.

“While a number of qualified persons applied for EMU's Director of Diversity and Affirmative Action position, it was the consensus of the committee that Ms. Abraham was without question the most qualified candidate for the position,” said Ken McKanders, University counsel and chair of the search committee. “(She) has more than 15 years experience in diversity, affirmative action and human resources within the public and private sectors.”

Abraham was the director of public school academics and urban partnerships at Oakland University from 2002-2004. From 1996-2002, she was the director of Oakland University’s office of diversity and compliance.

As director of diversity and compliance at Oakland, Abraham was responsible for creating organizational change and integrating diversity into strategic vision; providing advice and counsel to managers and senior level administrators on issues related to human resources and diversity; and creating a diversity marketing plan to help enhance external perception of the university.

Abraham started her own consulting firm, Abraham and Associates, in 2004. The firm provided diversity training and consulting services to startup and existing businesses.

Abraham received her bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior and industrial relations from the University of Michigan. She also received her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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