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Illinois Supreme Court hires diversity and inclusion officer

September 27, 2020 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has named a former associate chancellor at University of Illinois Springfield as a chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Deanie Brown starts the new job for the state’s judicial branch of government in November. She’ll be responsible for developing and implementing ways to create a diverse and inclusive workforce.

“It is a true privilege to step into what for me is a dream job -- serving equity and the law -- at this time of great awakening,” Brown said in a statement. “I look forward to answering the call to assist in deepening and sustaining inclusive practices and initiatives on behalf of our court system and the people who depend on it.”

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Brown has been the associate chancellor for access and equal opportunity at the university’s Springfield campus since 2008.

The court announced in June that it was creating the position.