Elizabeth Conklin joined Yale University in the inaugural role of Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity, Access, and Belonging in September 2020. In this role, Elizabeth provides leadership for Yale’s institutional equity, access, and belonging strategy and initiatives. This includes overseeing the Office of Institutional Equity and Access, Student Accessibility Services, and the Office of LGBTQ Resources. Elizabeth’s work also focuses on ensuring training for university community members on responding to discrimination and harassment and creating a culture of belonging to prevent such behaviors.
Prior to joining Yale, Elizabeth worked at UConn for ten years, beginning as an investigator in the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) and then for eight years serving as Associate Vice President for OIE as well as the University-wide Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator. In this role, Elizabeth was responsible for oversight of the University’s discrimination and harassment prevention and response initiatives across all campuses, including investigations and training, search and hiring affirmative action and equal employment opportunity compliance, and various diversity and harassment prevention initiatives. As UConn’s Title IX Coordinator, Elizabeth coordinated the University’s response to reports of sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence and as ADA Coordinator, she oversaw efforts to ensure accessibility for students, employees and visitors across UConn’s campuses.
Prior to her time in higher education administration, Elizabeth was an attorney with the Hartford firm Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn and Kelly, practicing labor and employment law. Elizabeth represented employees with claims of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment and many other disputes in all phases of litigation, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration, and trial work in state and federal courts. Elizabeth additionally represented labor unions before state and federal agencies and at arbitrations and in negotiations. Prior to entering private practice, Elizabeth served a one-year term as a Legal Research Law Clerk with the Connecticut Superior Court.
Elizabeth earned her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, and she is a cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree with an independent double major in Political Science and Peace Studies.