WCET's 28th Annual Meeting

Director of Learner Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Engagement
Capella University
Andriel Dees serves as the director of learner inclusion, diversity, equity, and engagement and for Capella University. Previously, Dees has served as chief diversity officer for the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, and was a recipient of the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. Dees also served associate dean for Multicultural Affairs at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. Prior to moving into the field of diversity in higher education, Dees practiced in the field of employment law for 10 years in various positions and organizations. She earned her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She is a founder and current President of the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) as well as the Sponsorship Committee Chair for the NADOHE Annual Conference. She also serves on the Special Education Advisory Committee for Burnsville, Minnesota School District 191. She lives in Burnsville, Minnesota with her husband and two teenage children.