Appointed by President Sundborg in September 2017, Natasha Martin is the inaugural Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. She served as served as Associate Vice President for Institutional Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for the 2016-2017 academic year, as well as Co-Chair of the university-wide President’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence 2014-2016. Her leadership experience also includes three years of service as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in the School of Law.
Professor Martin is a 15-year faculty member in the School of Law at Seattle University where she has taught Employment Discrimination, Advanced Topics in Employment Discrimination, Professional Responsibility and Torts. The main thrust of her interdisciplinary academic work centers on contemporary workplace realities and understanding the complex legal, organizational, cultural and behavioral dynamics that impact the inclusion of women, people of color and other marginalized individuals.
In addition to her teaching and scholarly engagement, Professor Martin is an active contributor in many professional settings. She has served as Chair and Member of the AALS Executive Committee on Employment Discrimination Law. She is a Research Fellow for the law school’s Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and serves on the Advisory Board for the Lutie Lytle Black Female Law Professors Writing Workshop. In 2014, she was invited to join the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility Publications Board.
A frequent presenter at national conferences, Professor Martin is an engaged contributor to academic and community dialogues on diversity and inclusion matters. Dedicated to broad notions of inclusivity, Professor Martin was appointed twice to the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission and was named to Lawyers of Color’s 50 Under 50 List of minority law professors making an impact in legal education in the 2014 Law School Diversity Issue.
Before joining the legal academy, Professor Martin spent several years as in-house employment legal counsel and in private law firm practice focusing on employment discrimination litigation. She also served as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She is a proud graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically Black, Catholic university in the nation and earned a law degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.
Professor Martin is inspired by nature and the human spirit and treasures moments spent with her husband, daughter and their doodle.