On Jan. 6 at 3:30 p.m., Amy King, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, announced Laura Maresca as the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity in an email sent to the DU community. Maresca started her position as director on Dec. 21.

“Laura will lead all units in ensuring that our community becomes increasingly inclusive and that we comply with the University’s anti-discrimination policies and promoting full compliance with federal, state and local discrimination laws,” said King in the email. “In her role, Laura is a resource to managers and employees across the University seeking guidance on DU’s employment policies.”

According to the email, Maresca received her Juris Doctor from DU’s Sturm College of Law.

“Laura has had her own practice since 2006, specializing in employment law and human resources consulting,” said King in the email. “She has advised Human Resources professionals and business leaders on solutions to address a variety of employment challenges and is a trained mediator focused on the resolution of employment-based disputes.”

There are several DU officials that are excited to have Maresca stepping into her role as director of the Office of Equal Opportunity.

“We are excited to be working with Laura in this role,” said Lili Rodriguez, vice chancellor of campus life and inclusive excellence and Frank Tuitt, senior advisor to the chancellor and provost on diversity and inclusion. “She rounds out our new leadership structure for diversity and inclusion initiatives, which now includes a senior position in academic affairs, student affairs and human resources. Her wealth of experience with workplace law and advocacy will be an essential voice in that work.”