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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.


Stephanie Lott
Director and Title IX Coordinator 

Strengths: Arranger | Responsibility | Input| Individualization | Achiever

Stephanie Lott is the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator. Stephanie leads the university’s civil rights efforts, including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 503, and coordinates the Equal Opportunity Program. In this role, Stephanie provides leadership in furthering K-State’s commitment to equity and equal opportunity for all members of the K-State community, and serves as a resource to university leadership, faculty, staff, and students regarding civil rights and equity matters. In this role, Stephanie advances the strategic goals of the university and all aspects of federal/state civil rights as mandated under PPM 3010.

James Nitta

James Nitta
Senior Investigator

Strengths: Consistency | Context | Harmony | Learner | Deliberative

James joined the Office of Institutional Equity in January 2019. He serves as a neutral investigator regarding complaints of discrimination.

James earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Northern Arizona University and a law degree from the University of Oregon. Before coming to K-State, James works as a Title IX Investigator and as a legal aid attorney where he worked primarily with clients seeing protective orders.


Lucretia Taylor

Strengths: Input | Learner | Relator | Responsibility | Connectedness

Prior to joining K-State, Lucretia served as an EEO investigator at Spirit AeroSystems Global Headquarters in Wichita, KS. As EEO investigator, she was responsible for conducting Title VII investigations of discrimination and harassment, reviewing accommodation requests for Spirit's Accommodation Review Board, conducting EEO training for employees and new managers, counseling managers in EEO matters and working with Spirit's legal counsel on drafting responses to complaints filed by state and federal agencies. Lucretia also held the position as Senior Manager for Spirit's Diversity and Inclusion program with responsibility for implementing Spirit's overall Diversity and Inclusion strategy, Employee Resource Groups and Global Diversity Month.


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Prior to Sprit AeroSystems, Lucretia was the Assistant HR Director at Friends University in Wichita, KS. She was responsible for drafting faculty contracts, training, and conducting EEO investigations. During her time at Friends University she also served as an adjunct instructor teaching Labor Relations in the University's Adult Completion Program.

Past experience includes severing as an EEO Compliance Officer for Sedgwick County government and investigating complaints of discrimination filed by employees and members of Sedgwick County Fire District under the memorandum of agreement. She also conducted EEO training for employees and managers and implemented the Diversity Lunch and Learn series which was recognized by the International Association of Public Management (IMPA).

Lucretia holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wichita State University and a Law Degree from Washburn University School of Law.

Anna Wines

Anna Wines
Case Manager/Education and Outreach Coordinator

Strengths: Communication | Adaptability | Woo | Achiever | Command

Anna joined the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) in February 2017 as a student assistant. In August 2020, she joined the team full time as Case Manager and Education / Outreach Coordinator. Her primary role is to oversee case management which includes the intake, outreach, and responses to Title IX reports, as well as keeping participants informed on the status of their matter before OIE. Anna also assists in scheduling meetings and serves as the point-of-contact for reporters, complainants, respondents, students, faculty, staff, visitors, vendors, and guests of the university who report concerns under PPM 3010. In addition, she creates awareness materials for OIE, as well as represents OIE at various outreach university events.


Amanda Ruthstrom
Office Manager

Strengths: Responsbility | Communication | Empathy | Includer | Woo

Amanda joined the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) in February 2021 as Office Manager. She provides OIE personnel with support and overseas all office procedures and workflow efficiency, while maintaining confidentiality and customer service. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Kansas State University in 2014 and has been a lifelong K-State fan. She has worked in various social work roles and is looking forward to using her experience in engaging with the individuals who interact with OIE.