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Catherine Spear, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity Programs

The Assistant Vice President is charged with the primary responsibility of implementing the programs, policies, and plans of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP). She coordinates the three components of EOP's mission: to ensure equal opportunity in access to the University, to investigate and resolve complaints, and to conduct educational training and outreach.

Kelley Hodge, Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is charged with monitoring the University’s compliance with Title IX; ensuring appropriate education and training; coordinating the University’s investigation, response, and resolution of all reports under this policy; and ensuring appropriate actions to eliminate Prohibited Conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

Melvin Mallory, ADA Coordinator

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The ADA Coordinator oversees the University’s programs and practices to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended (ADAAA), Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities.  He serves as the University’s point of contact for disability related information, services, and resources as well as best practices concerning the rights of persons with disabilities. He conducts workshops and training on disability related topics and develops disability related initiatives.

Vacant, Equal Opportunity Officer for Policy and Legal Compliance & Deputy Title IX Coordinator

The Equal Opportunity Officer for Policy and Legal Compliance & Deputy Title IX Coordinator receives and manages the investigations of internal and external complaints of discrimination, sexual and gender-based harassment and other forms of interpersonal violence, and retaliation. She also reviews and analyzes equal opportunity/affirmative action compliance requirements and recommends changes to University policies and procedures as needed.

Melissa Oliver, Special Projects Manager

The Special Projects Manager works with the ADA Coordinator to provide services to students and to ensure the accessibility of events on Grounds such as Final Exercises and Alumni Weekend. She also works with Demand & Response Transportation (DART) to provide alternative transportation service for faculty, staff and students with temporary or permanent disabilities. In addition, she assists with special projects and assignments for the EOP team.

Rachel A. Spraker, Employment Equity Manager

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The Employment Equity Manager provides oversight and guidance to the University community on equity in all personnel actions and is responsible for development and implementation of the University's Affirmative Action Plans. The Employment Equity Manager is also responsible for educational and instructional outreach activities which advance the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment.

Faniska Brisker, Employment Equity Specialist

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The Employment Equity Specialist provides guidance on recruitment and selection processes to ensure equality of opportunity and compliance with federal and state equal opportunity/affirmative action laws and regulations. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of employment equity initiatives, projects and training.

Nic M. Thompson, Equal Opportunity Investigator

The Equal Opportunity Investigator supports the University's federal and state equal opportunity and civil rights compliance obligations by investigating internal and external complaints of discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected characteristics, such as race, national origin, disability, or sex/gender and retaliation as well as creating training initiatives.