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Karen Baker

Karen L. Baker, J.D.
Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator
815-753-6017  |  klbaker@niu.edu  | titleixcoordinator@niu.edu

Led the creation of Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance; oversees all Title IX compliance activity across the university; facilitates change management operations; reports to senior management and the executive vice president and provost.

Sarah Adamski

Sarah Adamski, J.D.
Associate Director of Investigations and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
815-753-5560 |  sadamski1@niu.edu

Manages affirmative action and Title IX investigations. Implements strategies and processes for complaints and investigations.

 

Photo Not AvailableMarlene Bryant
Academic Employee and Labor Relations Assistant
815-753-0457  |  mbryant@niu.edu

Academic liaison for the academic collective bargaining labor contracts and employee (non-collective bargained) work-related issues and fitness for duty requests.

Nicasio CambelNicasio Cambel
Assistant Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
815-753-2188  |  ncambel1@niu.edu

Reviews all affirmative action hiring records, advertisements and publicity plans to ensure compliance with affirmative action, equal opportunity and university policies and guidelines.   

Angie VargasAngélica Gutiérrez-Vargas
Assistant Equal Opportunity Officer
815-753-6089  |  avargas@niu.edu

Assists the associate vice president with administrative support and special projects. Coordinates and manages department related programs and initiatives. Serves as a liaison with various external agencies and/or university constituencies across campus.

   

Rose HentonRose M. J. Henton
Director of Coordinated Education, Training and Outreach Programs
815-753-2632  |  rhenton@niu.edu

Facilitates the identification, development and collaboration of services and programs on compliance education/training programs for Title IX, affirmative action, equal employment, Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA) and other related equity compliance functions.

Photo Not AvailableJackie Hessian
Assistant Director of Employee and Labor Relations
815-753-6053  |  jhessian@niu.edu

Serves as contract administrator for non-academic collective bargaining agreements. Conducts investigations in response to grievance and disciplinary/discharge hearings, appeals, mediations and unfair labor practices.

Michelle JohnsonMichelle Johnson
Title IX Investigator
815-753-6042  |  mjohnson1@niu.edu

Conducts Title IX investigations across the university; documents and reports findings. 

Stephen KatzStephen G. Katz
Director for Academic Employee and Labor Relations
815-753-1768  |  skatz1@niu.edu 

Serves as the chief negotiator for the university during collective bargaining with the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) and assigned academic unions. Responds to requests for information, grievance administration and representing the university at grievance hearings, appeals, mediations and unfair labor practices.  

Jesse PerezJesse Perez
Director, Employee and Labor Relations
815-753-5057  |  jperez1@niu.edu

Provides guidance and counsel to employees and managers regarding employee relations matters, dispute resolution, employee disciplinary actions, and collective bargaining agreements. Assists managers with the interpretation of policies and procedures.

Elizabeth SchwartzElizabeth Schwartz
Program Services Aide
 815-753-6030  |  eschwartz@niu.edu

Provides clerical support for Title IX and affirmative action reports and inquiries. Assists with special projects.

Roselyn SnellRoselyn Snell
Director, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
815-753-6038  |  rsnell@niu.edu

Administers the affirmative action plan and equal employment opportunity hiring process; provides consultation to determine best recruitment practices related to diversity programming, workplace protocols and recruitment and retention methodologies. 

Susan SwegleSusan A. Swegle
Assistant Director, Training and Outreach 
815-753-6540  |  sswegle1@niu.edu 

Conducts various training including but not limited to, Title IX/sexual misconduct, non-discrimination, harassment, workplace bullying, equal employment, equity and compliance and supervisor training; Assists in ensuring that education, training, campus and community collaboration activities are conducted, managed and maintained.

Position AvailablePosition Available (4122)
Title IX Investigator

Investigating Title IX/Sexual misconduct complaints; conducting applicable legal research as it relates to the current trends and laws governing sexual misconduct in higher education. Identifying effective communication methods for the dissemination of information to campus constituencies; Assisting with the development and implementation of applicable policies and response procedures. Get more information and apply for this position.

Position AvailablePosition Available (5044)
Affirmative Action, Equity and Compliance Investigator

SConducting investigations and interviews concerning incidents of possible discrimination such as sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and retaliation or other violations of various federal, state and university laws, regulations, policies and procedures. Researching, gathering, preserving and analyzing evidence/information to determine the outcome of the investigation and recommended corrective action and/or resolution. Assisting with faculty/staff grievances, workplace inquiries, and the ADA accommodations process. Get more information or apply for this position.

Contact Us

Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance
1515 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1118
aaec@niu.edu