Erin has been serving communities as a diversity and inclusion practitioner for over 15 years in both the U.S. and internationally. She is passionate about achieving equity in outcomes for all individuals and has seen that diversity and inclusion efforts play a key role in the larger work of addressing health disparities and other inequities. Erin joined the School of Medicine as a Diversity and Inclusion Leader in May of 2017. She also serves the St. Louis Region as a training specialist with the Anti-Defamation League to provide K-12 anti-bias education. She participates in the Forward Through Ferguson Racial Equity Roundtable and is an ambassador with Alive and Well STL.
Erin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a Minor in Women Studies from Western Illinois University and then joined the United States Peace Corps where she served in Port Antonio, Jamaica for 3 years. There she did advocacy work to integrate children with intellectual abilities into communities and coordinated a Special Olympics program. After returning to the U.S., she earned a Masters of Public Policy and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As a Coordinator in Student Life she designed civic engagement programs that taught students about diversity through participation in community service, including starting an Alternative Spring Break Program on campus. She also developed diversity trainings and programs in partnership with the Cultural Center. Erin continued her community work as the Development Director and mediator at Community Mediation, a non-profit organization that provides free mediations to Baltimore City residents.
In 2009, Erin chose to return to the Midwest to be closer to family. As the Assistant Director of Student Diversity, Outreach, and Women’s Programs at the Missouri University of Science and Technology she co-chaired the Chancellor’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, helped implement a campus climate survey, co-created the campus’s first Safe Zone training, developed the Diversity Leadership Council of minority leaders, and led retention programming for students of color in STEM. She earned a certificate of Diversity Leadership from the National Coalition Building Institute in 2014. Erin returned to St. Louis to join the Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence at Barnes Jewish Hospital as the Manager for Education and Development. During her time leading Education efforts at Barnes they reached 99/1% of leaders and nearly 80% of team members, championed an addition of a cultural competency module to annual competencies in 2016, and created the 1st BJH Diversity Week.