Andriel Dees, J.D.

Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion

Minnesota State Colleges & Universities

As Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, Andriel has oversight responsibilities for the system-wide strategy to support diversity, equity and inclusion. Prior to joining Minnesota State, Andriel served as the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Capella University, Chief Diversity Officer at University of Wisconsin River-Falls, and Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs at William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline).

Andriel also serves as the Chair for the Equity Action Collaborative for the National Association of System Heads (NASH). In this role, she serves as a thought leader and convener for the NASH Equity Action Agenda anchored in creating a culture of institutional and system responsibility in addressing systemic inequities.

With a highly collaborative and thoughtful style, she has led efforts in strategic diversity leadership within higher education. Her strong personal and intellectual commitment to social justice and to advancing excellence through diversity has shown her to be a transformational leader in higher education.

Andriel holds a 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.