WMU News

EEOC commissioner visits WMU, speaks on social justice

October 13, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Commissioner for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and former White House staffer Paul Steven Miller will talk about civil rights and social justice in a free public lecture Monday, Oct. 26, at Western Michigan University.

Miller will address "The Future of Social Justice in America: The Changing Face of Civil Rights," at 7 p.m. in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center. He is the first visiting scholar brought to campus by WMU's year-old Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

An EEOC commissioner since 1984, Miller has long been a champion of civil rights, especially in the area of disability rights. Prior to his appointment as a commissioner, he served with the Clinton administration in a number of capacities including as deputy director and White House liaison for the United States Office of Consumer Affairs and as director of disability outreach/search manager for the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. He was a member of the Clinton/Gore transition team as well as a coordinator in California for the 1992 presidential campaign.

Before joining the Clinton camp, Miller was a professor of law and director of litigation for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights at Loyola Law School, and an associate with several California law firms. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he has authored numerous articles on civil rights of the disabled, the Americans with Disability Act, assisted suicide and genetic discrimination.

Miller's visit is sponsored by the Theta of Michigan Phi Beta Kappa chapter, WMU's Office of the Provost and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. While on campus, he will visit with a number of undergraduate classes that focus on ethics, economics and law. For more information about Miller's visit, persons should contact Dr. Joseph G. Reish, dean of WMU's Lee Honors College, at 387-3230.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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