Ashley Rhae Oliver

Noted Speaker
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Ashley Rhae Oliver, Esq. is an attorney and an activist, currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Center for Student Accessibility in Eastern Kentucky University.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2010, moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and received her Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas School of Law, and was then sworn in as an attorney in the State of Minnesota in October 2013. She was a law clerk at the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, and received the Dean’s Award for her work in the Community Justice Civil Rights Legal Clinic for spearheading a symposium titled “How are the Children VI Symposium: "Re-Imagining Public Education in Minnesota."’

After law school, she chose to work in higher education compliance, initially serving in the University of Kentucky athletic compliance office, where she created the first custom elite student-athlete protocol. She then moved to Minneapolis, serving as a student conduct officer and as a Title IX investigator at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She is an award winning civil rights activist, receiving recognition in 2013 for co-authoring a report for the United States Commission on Civil Rights titled Unemployment Disparities in Minnesota, which highlighted current trends that contributed to racial disparities, and ways to close unemployment gaps between blacks and whites in Minnesota and the Twin Cities region; which are among the worst in the nation. She has co-chaired the defense of the Minnesota African-American Museum’s mechanical lien, pro bono, and, in 2015, was appointed as Chair of the Legal Redress Committee of the Minneapolis Chapter of the NAACP, where she investigated discrimination complaints and provided legal clinics to citizens of the Twin Cities and was subsequently honored with the Mission Award for Service in Community from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. 

In 2016, she was invited to present at Harvard Medical School‘s Global Health Catalyst on the intersection of cognitive behavioral health in sports and race. She has been invited to dozens of campuses and schools to present on white allyship to minority-led social justice movements, engaging millennials in social justice, and civil rights during traffic stops to young men of color. Currently, she is a member of the Lexington Urban League Young Professionals and a mentor to both the Freshman Academy and Diversity Scholars programs at Eastern Kentucky University. She is currently creating her department’s first symposium, hosting a speaker who will discuss traumatic brain injuries in the NCAA and a panel to discuss how mental health issues affect black male student-athletes.

In her spare time, she enjoys adding content to her blog, designed to promote imagery of black girls as beautiful and to uplift young women of all shades.