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Office of Institutional Equity

Meet Our Staff

Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer.

Welcome to Kansas State University's Office of Institutional Equity. 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 director serves as a liaison between OIE and certain academic and administrative units. In the director's absence, other staff members will be available. We can provide guidance, interpret policies and procedures, meet with search committees, collaborate with you to resolve complaints, among many other things. Investigative staff conduct investigations of possible violations of the university's anti-discrimination policy, develop relevant training materials and deliver training to the campus community.

Scott Jones
Title IX Coordinator and Director of OIE
Scott JonesScott’s Bio

Scott is the acting Title IX Coordinator, Title VI Coordinator, and Director of the Office of Institutional Equity. 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.

 

 

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Scott is responsible for administering and monitoring the university's Title IX program as well as the overall nondiscrimination program. In this capacity, Scott 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).

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

Aaron Sauerwein, J.D.
Associate Director of OIE
Aaron SauerweinAaron’s Bio

Aaron is the Associate Director of the Office of Institutional Equity. In this role, Aaron advances the university's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by developing and executing initiatives to promote understanding of individual differences and open and inclusive environments in the Kansas State community. Aaron's leadership efforts include outreach to and collaboration with university stakeholders on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics; assisting with the implementation and maintenance of Kansas State's affirmative action plan; and equal employment opportunity training and compliance monitoring.

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Aaron is also involved with the Title IX program and responsible for investigating concerns which fall under Kansas State's Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Violence, and Stalking, and Procedure for Reviewing Complaints, PPM 3010.  

Before Kansas State, Aaron was an attorney at the Kansas Department of Transportation where he primarily assisted with litigation and advised on personnel matters. Aaron also devoted several years to the private practice of law, and while at Kutak Rock LLP in Wichita, Kansas, he focused his practice on litigation and employment and labor law. Aaron's considerable experience includes regularly representing clients in litigation before administrative agencies and federal and state courts, counseling clients on employment-related matters, preparing policies relating to human resources' functions, conducting training and presentations, compliance reviews and management, and handling investigations.

Aaron has also written and/or co-authored articles and publications targeted to legal and human resources professionals, including articles for an extensive multi-state compendium of the law project organized by LexisNexis and the 2012 and 2013 Kansas Bar Association Annual Survey chapters on Civil Rights.

Cleopatra Magwaro, LL.B., LL.M.
Deputy Equal Employment Compliance Coordinator and Senior Investigator
Cleopatra MagwaroCleopatra’s Bio

Cleopatra is the Deputy Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator and Senior Investigator in the Office of Institutional Equity. In this role, she collaborates on various aspects of the university's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Cleopatra advances the strategic goals of the university, including K-State's Equal Employment Opportunity program, Affirmative Action Plan, as well as educational outreach and training. Cleopatra is involved in the Title IX program, Clery Act reporting, nondiscrimination investigations related to federal/state civil rights statutes as mandated under PPM 3010.

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Prior to joining Kansas State University, Cleopatra was the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and an associate in the Office of Legal Affairs at Northern Virginia Community College. In this capacity, Cleopatra specialized in responding to state and federal agency investigations, internal policies and procedures, employee grievances, Title IX coordination and investigations, Threat Assessment Team and Sexual Assault Response Team.  Cleopatra also responded to agencies such as the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Employment Dispute Resolution (EDR) and Human Rights Commission, etc.

Cleopatra previously served as a Foreign Legal Specialist for the Public International Law and Policy Group in Washington D.C. Prior to that, she worked in legal practice and served on the bench as a Magistrate in Zimbabwe. Cleopatra was conferred with her Bachelor of Justice and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Queensland University of Technology in Australia, where she began her career teaching law classes. Cleopatra holds an advanced law degree from American University, Washington College of Law.

Cleopatra brings a unique international perspective to K-State, as well as a diverse background in higher education and legal practice.

Kathleen Q. Lappi, J.D.
Senior Investigator
Scott JonesKati's Bio

Kathleen is the Senior Investigator for the Office of Institutional Equity. In this role, Kathleen reviews and investigates complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic/dating violence, retaliation and other complaints falling under K-State’s nondiscrimination policy including the Title IX program. Kathleen is responsible for collecting and reporting data in compliance with the Clery Act. Kathleen assists in the development and review of policies that further compliance with K-State’s Affirmative Action Policy and related laws. Kathleen provides support in the implementation of protective measures, takes actions to prevent retaliation and monitors complaint activity to address any patterns or systemic issues in this area.

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Kathleen previously practiced law on Bainbridge Island, Washington where she established a successful family law practice focused on providing legal services to those in crisis. Kathleen has worked collaboratively with members of law enforcement, court staff and governmental agencies in order to provide her clients with a wide array of resources. Kathleen has been active in her community serving as the past Kitsap County Bar Association President and President of the Kitsap County Washington Women Lawyers Association.

Deb Eakes
Administrative Officer
Deb EakesDeb's Bio

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.