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UW Faculty Member Reappointed to State Civil Rights Committee

December 19, 2016

A University of Wyoming faculty member and others who have strong connections to UW are among 11 Wyoming citizens appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Wyoming State Advisory Committee.

Eric Nye, professor in the Department of English, recently was reappointed to the panel.

Also appointed were Affie Ellis, of Cheyenne, who has worked as an adjunct professor in UW’s American Indian Studies program; Anetra Parks, of Laramie, former director of career services in the College of Law; and Melanie Vigil, of Lander, who graduated from UW in 2014 with a double major in gender and women’s studies and global and area studies, and was honored with the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award as UW’s outstanding graduating woman.

State advisory committee members conduct reviews and produce reports and recommendations concerning local civil rights issues including justice, voting, discrimination, housing and education. Congress mandates that the federal Commission on Civil Rights appoint volunteer members to advisory committees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Appointees serve four-year terms.

Past Wyoming State Advisory Committee activity addressed discrimination in employment, law enforcement and against Native Americans in border town communities.

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