Team member Biography: Andriel Dees, J.D.

Andriel Dees serves as Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. As Chief Diversity Officer, Dees serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and provides leadership in advancing the university’s commitment to fostering a culture of inclusiveness. The Chief Diversity Officer collaborates with constituencies across campus and in the community to increase access, equity, diversity and inclusion, and provides leadership in the area of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and compliance.

Previously, Ms. Dees was the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. In that position, Dees served as the college’s senior diversity officer and worked collaboratively with campus constituencies to develop and implement a strategic plan for multiculturalism. For the past six years, Dees also served as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell teaching the course Race and the Law, and as part of the Summer Partnership in Law  (SPIL) Program for Undergraduate Students, Introduction to Legal Writing, and Introduction  to the American Legal System.

Prior to joining William Mitchell, Dees served as an Operations Managing Attorney for the Office of the Monitor in St. Paul and as an Employee Relations Consultant for U.S. Bancorp in Minneapolis. Dees earned her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell and a bachelor’s degree in English from Hampton University. She is an accomplished presenter, former co-chair of the civic education committee of the Minnesota Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit.

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