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Office of Equal Opportunity

IUPUI Office of Equal Opportunity
Lockefield Village
980 Indiana Ave, Rm 1164
Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA
Campus Mail: LV 1164
Phone: (317) 274-2306
Fax: (317) 274-3963
Hotline: 1-866-245-1310

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Kim D. Kirkland, Ed.D.

Director Office of Equal Opportunity Tel: (317) 274-2306

Dr. Kim D. Kirkland has been serving as the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis since June 2008.  Prior to IUPUI, she served as the Affirmative Action Officer & Senior Investigator at Bowling Green State University; EEO & Diversity Program Manager at GE Aviation, formerly GE Aircraft Engines; Vice-President, Compliance Programming for the Meridian Group; and as an Independent Consultant in both manufacturing and service industries.  Dr. Kirkland has served for many years as a compliance practitioner investigating and resolving discrimination, harassment, and Title IX complaints to determine if compliance or policy violations exist, to circumvent potential litigation, and propose corrective action(s) and/or interventions.  Her experience also include monitoring compliance with best practices of a legal and affirmative search and screen process, spearheading business-wide diversity initiatives aimed at increasing the representation of women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with a disability in leadership roles through recruitment, promotion (succession planning, training and development), retention programs (mentoring/affinity groups), and embedding accountability into performance goals.

Dr. Kirkland’s philosophy is that in order for organizations to build a foundation for success, they must provide the framework for fairness through the development and implementation of sound human resources policies and practices in collaboration with an effective Affirmative Action Program. Meaning, a program that provides for proactive planning; the development of positive outreach programs with regard to women, minorities, veterans, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community; on-going monitoring of selection and placement decisions as they relate to affirmative action goals; and accountability to ensure non-discrimination with regard to the organization’s policies and practices. With a strong foundation, valuing and managing cultural differences through inclusive initiatives and leadership commitment will result in productivity gains, highly productive work teams, and lower attrition rates.

Dr. Kirkland is the author of a recently published organizational book titled “Enough with the Stuff: Strategies for Diffusing Organization Noise”.  She has presented at national conferences on this subject matter as well as other compliance, diversity, and human resources related topics. She received her B.S. in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati; her M.Ed. in HRD (Organizational Development) from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio; her Ed.D. in Leadership Studies from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio; and she is a graduate from the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.