Eric D. Yordy, associate professor of business law and ethics in the W. A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University, has been appointed to the Arizona State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The federal commissioners appointed Yordy to a four-year term during their April 21 meeting.

During his term, Yordy will conduct reviews and produce reports and recommendations concerning local civil rights issues, including justice, voting, discrimination, housing, education and other important themes. In order to represent his constituents, Yordy said he is first interested in polling his voters to understand where the public opinion lies in the consideration of civil rights issues in Arizona.

“Around the nation, there are discussions about criminal procedures and police practices, LGBTQ protections, immigration issues, human trafficking, etc.,” Yordy said. “Some of those issues are nationwide and common, some are more localized. My goal for my tenure on the committee would be to help clarify for the USCCR what issues are problematic in Arizona given our geography and culture.”

Immigration, LGBTQ protection and religious freedom are large topics of discussion for Yordy’s agenda, as they are relevant to Arizona.

Yordy has been at NAU for 17 years, serving as assistant dean of students over judicial affairs, director of New Student Programs and associate dean of The W. A. Franke College of Business. He has served as faculty adviser to the Black Student Union as well as the Latter-day Saint Student Association. His research interests include ethics and constitutional law.