Name: Kevin McElmurry
Professional Background: Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Indiana University Northwest
Relevant volunteer experience: See Candidate Statement
ACLU Experience: See Candidate Statement
I moved to the Calumet region of Northwest Indiana in 2009 to take a faculty position at Indiana University Northwest. I am now Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Since relocating to "the region," I have developed a fresh perspective on the vital role that strong voices for civil liberties and social justice can play in an area of the state characterized by multiple and cross-cutting dimensions of diversity and inequality. I feel that my academic training, professional experience, and position here in Northwest Indiana provide me with the opportunity to serve as a strong voice for this part of the state. Indeed it is a commitment to fostering social justice and understanding the forces that drive inequality that originally brought me to my chosen academic discipline, sociology. As a faculty member, I have served on, and chaired, numerous action committees at the local, state, and national levels. I very much enjoy collaborating on innovative and impactful projects with others who are passionate about working toward a just and fair society. For the past year, I have had the pleasure of serving as an at-large board member for the ACLU of Indiana. I would like to continue contributing my time, energy, and talents to furthering the ACLU mission, defending individual rights and preserving liberties that are grounded in the Constitutions of the United States and the state of Indiana.