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EAST LANSING, Mich. — East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas announced today the selection of Elaine Hardy to serve as the City of East Lansing’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Administrator.This new position was created to coordinate and guide efforts to define, understand, assess, foster and cultivate diversity, equity and inclusion for the City of East Lansing. Hardy, who has served almost 19 years as the East Lansing Hannah Community Center Coordinator and 17 years as the City of East Lansing’s liaison to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan (almost 12 years as the Commission’s chairperson), will step into her new role on Monday, June 22.As the City’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Administrator, Hardy will develop and oversee programs, services, initiatives, trainings and organizational cultural realignment strategies designed to enhance the workplace culture and the quality of life in the City of East Lansing. She will also build relationships with diverse populations within the East Lansing community to promote diversity as an essential and core element of the mission of the City of East Lansing. Specific duties of Hardy’s new role will include, but not be limited to:
“Elaine is someone who has a great passion for making East Lansing and the region as a whole a more inclusive, equitable and welcoming place for all community members,” said Lahanas. “She also has had a leadership role in the region, serving as chairperson of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan for more than a decade. She is someone I trust to move this very important mission forward for the City of East Lansing.”