Hiram College
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D. Ellis Rates, M.A.

Director of Campus Involvement
Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion

D. Ellis Rates hails from Cleveland, Ohio and is thrilled to be back in Northeast Ohio and working with students. D. Ellis’ career has taken him through the realms of Education, Human Resources, and back to Higher Education as he has served as a Teacher, a Recruiter, a Hall Director, and now as the Director of Campus Involvement/Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion. D. Ellis can be described as a “character” of sorts, always using his energy to try and engage others in his many interests and skills. Whether it be sports, film and TV, video games, music, or random pointless knowledge, D. Ellis can hold a conversation or event about them all. D. Ellis’ goal is to create an environment that reflects student interests here at Hiram.


  • B.A., Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Minor in Film, Miami University ’14
  • M.A., Counseling & Human Development: Student Affairs in Higher Education, Walsh University ’20

Areas of Interest

  • Arts
  • Comedy
  • Sports
  • Music
  • Film
  • Television
  • Social Media
  • Games
  • Public Speaking
  • Event Planning
  • Podcasts
  • Radio
  • Food

Fun Facts

  • D. Ellis won a Spoken Word contest in college! He even has a YouTube channel with very old (and very bad) poetry pieces that he has written.
  • D. Ellis worked as a teacher in Cleveland for 2 years!
  • D. Ellis used to host a radio show and still co-host’s a podcast to this day!