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Equity and Inclusion Officer
Elizabeth Collins is the Equity and Inclusion Officer at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) where she leads strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts for the staff. Elizabeth is part of a network of Equity and Inclusion Officers working to operationalize equity through building DEI infrastructure, growing DEI leadership, and fostering DEI within EGLE and across state departments.
Elizabeth has worked for the State of Michigan since 2010. She served at the Michigan Department of Education as the Civil Rights Compliance Review Coordinator performing important work in the areas of Gender Equity, Civil Rights, Title IX, and the Americans with Disability Act. Elizabeth moved to the Michigan Department of Corrections in 2021 as the first Equity and Inclusion Officer at the MDOC where she created, implemented, and led strategic DEI initiatives while also serving as a key member of the statewide Equity and Inclusion Officer Leadership Team. Elizabeth also has experience in grant and policy work. She began her tenure at EGLE January 2024.
Elizabeth holds a Master of Arts in Education from Michigan State University and Michigan Secondary Education Teaching Certificate. Elizabeth considers herself a lifelong learner and educator. She is currently continuing her education through the completion of a Master of Public Policy degree.
She lives in Dimondale with her spouse, Jesse, two children, Nevaeh and Noah, and their yellow lab, Hope. When she is not working, she enjoys watching sports, engaging in outdoor activities throughout our beautiful state, and reading.