May 7, 2018
Lansing—The Race Relations and Diversity Task Force has named Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu to their Diversity Champion Honor Roll for 2018. Arbulu serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) and has been actively involved in promoting equity and addressing racial disparities in society for much of his life.
“I am deeply humbled to have been chosen for this recognition,” said Arbulu. “I have long admired the work of the Task Force and the commitment of Birmingham - the community where I live - to address the challenges and opportunities related to race and diversity. We need to be willing to have the hard and difficult conversations.”
The Race Relations and Diversity Task force is a sponsored group of The Community House, a 95-year-old charity in Birmingham, Michigan. Every year, the Task Force invites the business, non-profit, public agency or faith community in the metro Detroit area to select one individual whose vision of diversity has created a significant impact on others. The honored individuals have made an invaluable contribution by helping to ensure that all people feel included and empowered in the shared endeavors of their organization and in the larger community.
Prior to his selection to lead the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Arbulu served as President/CEO of a post-acute care organization aimed at reducing re-hospitalization and maximizing patient satisfaction. His work experience also includes holding senior leadership positions in the manufacturing, health care and nonprofit sectors, and 15 years as a practicing attorney specializing in corporate, business and tax law. Arbulu has taught graduate-level courses on organizational leadership, change management, finance and strategy.
For more than 30 years, Arbulu has been involved in a variety of civic and community organizations. He was President and Founder of the Hispanic Bar of Michigan and the Hispanic Business Alliance, and has served on a number of boards including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Leadership Detroit and the Lyric Chamber Ensemble. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph-Oakland Hospital, which is part of Trinity Health System. Arbulu also serves as chair of the Michigan Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Arbulu earned an executive doctorate degree in management from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He also holds two MBAs – the first from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the second from Lawrence Technological University – as well as a juris doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law and an LLM in Taxation from New York University Law School.
Arbulu was appointed to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission by Governor Rick Snyder in January of 2013 and held the office of Secretary until he left the Commission in October of 2015.
The mission of the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force is to actively promote and embrace an appreciation for diversity and to advocate for inclusivity, equality, and justice in the region. The Task Force seeks to develop and maintain an open, intentional community that works to overcome racism, prejudice and discrimination through education, advocacy and response.
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law. For more information on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, go to www.michigan.gov/mdcr.
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