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Office of Institutional Equity

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Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Welcome to Kansas State University's Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.  As outlined in OIE's vision statement, this office serves as a vital resource and leader in promoting and furthering the University's commitment to diversity and equal opportunity for all members of its community.

The Office of Institutional Equity staff consists of a Director/Title IX Coordinator, Sr. Investigator, Investigator, and an Administrative Officer. The director serves as a liaison between OIE and certain academic and administrative units. However, in the absence of a the director, the other staff members will be available. Each one can provide guidance, interpret policies and procedures, meet with search committees, collaborate with you in resolving complaints, and many other things. The Investigators conduct investigations of possible violations of the University's anti-discrimination policy, develop relevant training materials, and deliver training to the campus community.

Travis Gill, J.D., Title IX Coordinator and Director of OIE, travisgill@ksu.edu
Travis Gill, Director/Title IX Coordinator

Travis is the Title IX Coordinator, Title VI Coordinator, and Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.  In this role, he provides leadership in promoting and furthering the University's commitment to diversity and equal opportunity for all members of its community.  Travis is responsible for administering and monitoring the University's Title IX program as well as the overall nondiscrimination program.  In this capacity, Travis oversees the investigation of all discrimination complaints (including concerns related to Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA/AA, and all other federal/state nondiscrimination statutes).

Travis also serves as a consultant to university officials, faculty, staff, and departments regarding issues of inclusion and equity. Travis works closely with OIE staff to seek positive resolution regarding internal university issues and concerns, including equal opportunity related concerns.  Travis oversees the development and implementation of the university's affirmative action plan and related diversity planning activities (including OIE's educational outreach and trainings, compliance programs, and campus climate initiatives). In this vien, Travis also partners with campus and community leaders to create an inclusive culture where faculty/staff recruitment and retention initiatives can succeed.

Prior to joining Kansas State, Travis was the Director of Investigations at the Office of Institutional Equity, University of Texas at Austin. Travis previously served as a labor & employment associate with Bracewell & Giulianii LLP, where he specialized in complex litigation, corporate policy and internal procedure development, HR consultation, corporate investigations, and compliance management.

Aaron Sauerwein, J.D., Associate Director of OIE, aaronsauerwein@ksu.edu 


Cleopatra Magwaro, L.L.B., L.L.M. (Master of Laws), Deputy Equal Employment Compliance Coordinator and Senior Investigator, cmagwaro@ksu.edu 


Danielle Dempsey-Swopes, J.D., Senior Investigator, ddempseys@ksu.edu

Danielle conducts investigations and reviews complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual violence, and retaliation. She writes administrative review reports that include a thorough analysis of the complaint and makes findings of fact, determination, and recommendation of sanctions, as necessary. She also prepares a written analysis on trends involving complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, and retaliation. Danielle develops and presents materials on discrimination training to the campus community.

Deb Eakes Administrative Officer, deakes@ksu.edu 

Deb helps guide the office's daily operations, including processing and triaging incoming complaints, maintaining the office's internal databases, and scheduling of appointments and meetings.

Tiffany Shaheen, Student Employee
Erika Fraire, Student Employee
Jordan Reinhardt, Student Employee

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The Office of Institutional Equity administers the policies and procedures related to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.