Matthew J. Olovson
Director of Equal Opportunity/Staff Attorney

Matthew OlovsonMatthew J. Olovson is the Director of Equal Opportunity/Staff Attorney for Ferris State University.  With a diverse practice in civil rights, employment, and educational law, Matt began his service to the office of Governmental Relations & General Counsel in October 2012.  Prior to his employment with Ferris, Matt served the University of Notre Dame as the Assistant Director of the Office of Institutional Equity (2011-2012) and Central Michigan University as the Assistant Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity and Assistant Affirmative Action Officer (2008-2011).  With Matt's experience in the development and administration of affirmative action and nondiscrimination programming, his leadership contributes to Ferris' culture of equal opportunity, inclusion, and diversity appreciation.

As Director of Equal Opportunity, Matt is responsible for ensuring compliance with Federal and State equal opportunity laws, as well as enforcement of related University programs and policies.  In this role, Matt provides consultation and investigation of concerns for inequity or civil rights violations by University community members, facilitation of educational programing on applicable University policies, and continued monitoring of University practices relating to equal opportunity compliance and the University's Affirmative Action Program.

Matt is also an active member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Colleges and Universities EEO/AA Officers Association, and the Southeastern Michigan Industry Liaison Group.  He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Sociology from Central Michigan University.  Matt's prior professional experience includes work for Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Prison Legal Services of Michigan, and the Office of the General Counsel for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.  Prior to attending law school, Matt also served as a disability and youth counselor for Gratiot County Community Mental Health and Saginaw Bay Human Services.  Matt is passionate about equity, inclusion, and diversity.  His commitments to volunteerism and community development also include service to and association with several other state and national organizations dedicated to philanthropy and the promotion of social justice.


Last updated: 06-06-2014