Executive Director and Special Advisor to President
Tami Strickman serves as special advisor to the president and executive director of the university’s Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office. ECRT was established in July 2021, replacing the university’s existing Office for Institutional Equity, which Strickman previously oversaw as the associate vice president for institutional equity. In this role, she was a key leader in helping to institute cultural change and shape new policies, educational programs and organizational structures to better prevent and respond to sexual misconduct. She created key alliances with the Flint and Dearborn campuses and co-instituted a new advisory board.
Previously she was associate to the chancellor for institutional equity and Title IX coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was responsible for all matters involving allegations of discrimination under Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.
In 2016, she founded an alliance of Title IX administrators within the Big Ten Conference where members discuss issues, practices and policies related to Title IX.
Prior to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she worked as a prosecutor in Chicago for 14 years, where she handled matters in the divisions of sex crimes and domestic violence, felony trial, juvenile justice, felony review and traffic.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from Miami University in Ohio, and a juris doctor from Villanova University School of Law.
Director of Disability Equity and ADA Coordinator
Allison Kushner serves as the Director of Disability Equity and ADA Coordinator. In her role, Allison is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and related federal and state accessibility laws. Allison is committed to going beyond compliance and focusing on best practices to create an inclusive and accessible environment for all members of the University of Michigan community.
Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Allison served as the ADA Coordinator at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Before serving in this role, Allison served as Associate University Counsel in the Office of University Counsel focusing on student affairs, disability matters, and Title IX matters.
Allison earned bachelor of arts degrees in English and Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University and her Juris Doctorate from Florida State University.
Suzanne Quinn McFadden (she/her)
Director for Intake and Support
Suzanne serves as the Director for Intake and Support for ECRT. In this role she focuses on community consultations, identifying and connecting individuals to resources, making appropriate referrals, and promoting a welcoming and inclusive environment. She also provides oversight and guidance to Equity Specialists and ECRT’s data management team.
Previously, Suzanne was Program Manager of the Human Trafficking Program with the International Rescue Committee in Miami and served as Deputy Director of a shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, where among other things, she conducted intakes, coordinated wrap-around services and triaged complex cases under uniquely challenging circumstances. Suzanne also worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for 4 years, in Oakland County, Michigan, in the district court division and special victims’ unit. Suzanne earned a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School, a Master of Arts in International Administration from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies from Wayne State University.
Elizabeth Seney (she/her)
Title IX Coordinator
Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Director
Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Director
Elizabeth serves as the Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Director and the Title IX Coordinator. In this role, her work is focused on all forms of sexual and gender-based misconduct, and she is responsible for ensuring the university’s Title IX compliance with Title IX on the Ann Arbor campus and Michigan Medicine. Elizabeth approaches this work with a commitment to not simply meeting legal obligations but incorporating national best practices and the specific dynamics of the University of Michigan community into our policies, procedures and practices related to sexual and gender-based misconduct. Elizabeth believes that effectively addressing sexual and gender-based misconduct at our university requires a holistic approach incorporating robust prevention efforts, fair and appropriate response to reports of misconduct, and the use of various avenues to remedy the harm of sexual and gender-based misconduct in our community. In order to best serve the university community, Elizabeth welcomes discussion and feedback about the sexual and gender-based misconduct policies and procedures at the University of Michigan.
Tanesia White (she/her)
Civil Rights Director
Tanesia serves as Civil Rights Director for the ECRT, where she provides oversight and guidance to ECRT investigators conducting investigations into allegations of discrimination and discriminatory harassment. Tanesia is also responsible for the implementation of the university’s Affirmative Action Programming and supporting the university’s efforts in complying with AA/EEO and civil rights laws and regulations. In addition, Tanesia’s role focuses on providing consultation, education and identifying resources that help to promote welcoming, supportive and inclusive classroom and workplace environments.
Kaaren Williamsen is the Director of the Prevention, Education, Assistance and Resources (PEAR) unit at ECRT. She served as the director of U-M’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center from 2017-2022. She came to U-M from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania where she was the Title IX coordinator. Earlier in her career she spent 15 years directing the Gender and Sexuality Center at Carleton College. As the founding director, she developed innovative sexual violence prevention programming and created institutional support services for LGBTQ students. Kaaren earned her doctorate in organizational leadership, policy and development at the University of Minnesota. She has a Master of Science degree in women’s studies and a Master of Arts degree in counseling and student personnel psychology.
Brian works as an Investigator in the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office (ECRT) where he assists in responding to and resolving complaints of sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment and retaliation involving students, faculty, and staff at the University.
Brian earned a Master of Business Administration specializing in leadership and a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Madonna University. He has a long history working in law enforcement where he spent most of his career overseeing and conducting investigations. Brian also served as an administrator of education outreach and prevention programs.
Stephanie Beatty (she/her)
American Sign Language Interpreter
Stephanie serves as an American Sign Language Interpreter for ECRT. She holds a BEI advanced certification with medical/mental health and education grades 7-12 endorsements. Stephanie earned her BS in Psychology and her BA in Sign Language Studies (Interpreting Concentration) from Madonna University and her doctorate in Psychology from Walden University. Her graduate studies focused on the intersectionality of Deaf culture and Deaf education in creating equitable experiences for Deaf students in formal education programs. Additionally, she is a freelance interpreter and interpreter trainer and is committed to enhancing the interpreting profession by educating our community regarding the need to create and maintain spaces for interpreters of color.
Stephanie was born and raised in Detroit and, prior to becoming an interpreter, worked in human services (foster care, adoptions, juvenile justice). She enjoys traveling, dining out, going to the spa, and spending time with friends and family. Fun fact: In 2010, Stephanie was the first African American in the state of Michigan to become a certified ASL interpreter under the BEI certification process.
Connor Caplis (she/her)
Connor is an Investigator in the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office (ECRT). In this role, Connor conducts investigations of reported discrimination, harassment, and sexual and gender-based misconduct within the university community.
Connor previously worked in eviction prevention law at Legal Services of South Central Michigan and indigent defense at the Washtenaw Public Defender’s Office. She earned her BS in Political Science at the University of Michigan and her JD from Wayne State University Law School. She enjoys crafting, reality television and spending time with her Newfoundland dog, Stanley.
Sarah Caruso is an Administrative Specialist within the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX (ECRT) Office at the University of Michigan. Sarah provides administrative support to the ADA Team, including case management for ADA matters and scheduling for the ADA Coordinator, Deputy ADA Coordinator, and Digital Information Accessibility Coordinator.
Prior to joining ECRT in 2023, Sarah served as an Administrative Assistant Senior at the Caswell Diabetes Institute at Michigan Medicine.
Sarah previously worked within the Trinity Health and Michigan Medicine healthcare systems and has a background in K–12 and higher education. Sarah received her Associate in Applied Science degree in Management and an Associate in Arts degree in Business Administration from Washtenaw Community College.
Tanya Castrogiovanni (she/her)
Assistant Director for Civil Rights Investigations
Tanya serves as the Assistant Director for Civil Rights Investigations. In this role, she supports the university’s efforts to comply with civil rights laws and regulations and to ensure equal opportunities and a respectful, inclusive community for all. She works with the Director and ECRT investigators to address concerns of discrimination and discriminatory harassment on campus and at Michigan Medicine. She is from Toronto, Ontario and earned a BA in Sociology and a JD from the University of Notre Dame. She enjoys spending time with family, reading and traveling.
Heather Colohan (she/her)
Heather Colohan, LMSW, is a Specialist at Prevention Education, Assistance and Resources (PEAR) within the ECRT Office at the University of Michigan. Heather has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. Heather strives to center the identities of community members within her work, ensuring programming goals are determined by the specific experiences and expressed needs of a given community.
Previous to Heather’s current position at PEAR, she worked at U-M Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center (SAPAC) for ten years providing tailored workshops for various U-M communities and departments, restorative healing circles, consultations, advocacy, and created SAPAC’s Raise the Bar bar bystander program. Previous to her work at the SAPAC, she developed, promoted, and implemented the YWCA Sexual Assault Advocacy Services program in Detroit, MI.
Pedro Coracides (he/him)
Pedro Coracides is a Specialist in the PEAR (Prevention Education, Assistance & Resources) unit in the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX (ECRT) office at the University of Michigan. Pedro’s professional experience spans across the aviation, tech, healthcare, non-profit, and higher education industries, ranging from operations, training, and product development. Most recently, Pedro spent five years at University of Michigan Health in the Office of Patient Experience leading health system wide work focused on creating an affirming environment for all patients and families including our LGBTQ+ community. Pedro’s passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community extends beyond the workplace as a board member for the Jim Toy Center in Ann Arbor and a crisis counselor for a national LGBTQ+ youth outreach organization. Pedro received his Bachelor of Science from Saint Louis University, his Master of Social Work from Wayne State University, and is a limited license social worker in the state of Michigan.
Phillip Deaton (he/him)
Digital Information Accessibility Coordinator (DIAC)
As the Digital Information Accessibility Coordinator, Phil provides guidance and support around making information technology and digital content accessible for individuals with disabilities. Phil partners with various U-M units and groups to move forward digital accessibility initiatives and works with various groups internationally, nationally and locally to research the best ways to provide equal access to technology.
Phil has a Master’s degree in Digital Rhetoric & Professional Writing and a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing and Creative Writing from Michigan State University, where he studied digital accessibility, organizational studies/theories, information design, web design and disability studies. Phil previously was the digital accessibility coordinator and a fixed-term instructor of disability studies at Michigan State University. Phil enjoys promoting disability culture and justice, playing video games and disc golf with friends, staying up to date on web and application development and hanging out with his partner, and their fierce cat, Shmuly.
Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Specialist
Crystal Flynn is the EEO/AA Specialist in the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office. In this role, Crystal assists the Civil Rights Director in the implementation of the University’s affirmative action programming requirements and works collaboratively with management and human resources staff to ensure that personnel actions reflect the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion while complying with federal/state laws and regulations.
Crystal has worked as a diversity trainer, helping individuals and organizations create and enhance environments that embrace social justice, value diversity, educate/empower leaders, and promote inclusion as well as respect. She has completed training in unconscious bias, undoing racism, intergroup dialogue, and facilitator training and was a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead in the Office of the Provost. Crystal is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint, holding bachelor of business administration and master of public administration degrees.
Tiffany Fox (she/her)
Tiffany Fox, Business Intelligence Analyst, functions as an information specialist for Equity, Civil Rights , and Title IX. Her scope of work involves reporting information in compliance with state & federal law, and institutional policies as well as maintaining a dynamic database of case information. Tiffany works with the investigators to ensure ECRT has accurate and up-to-date case statuses and uses this data to track and report on patterns related to discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct complaints. Tiffany joined ECRT in 2019 and has served in human resources-related roles since starting at the University of Michigan in 2006. She has a BA in secondary education from Eastern Michigan University. Personally, Tiffany loves spending time with her pets as well as gardening, bird watching, cooking, practicing yoga, running and reading.
Karyn Griffin (she/her)
Karyn Griffin serves as an Equity Specialist for the University’s Civil Rights and Title IX Office (ECRT) As an Equity Specialist, Karyn’s role is to serve as an early and consistent point of contact for the parties when a report is received and throughout a resolution process. Karyn can assist parties with supportive measures and other resources, provide updates about the process, and coordinate communications among the parties and their advisors, investigators, hearing officer, Title IX Coordinator, and relevant administrators.
Brandon Hagan (he/him)
Brandon Hagan, Administrative Specialist, supports the Business Intelligence Analyst and the Deputy Coordinator for Civil Rights and Title IX Outcomes assisting with hearing scheduling, reporting, and data management. Prior to joining ECRT, he worked with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR) at Michigan Law and served on both the annual giving and stewardship teams. Brandon started working at the University of Michigan in 2014 as a Stewardship Specialist for the central Office of University Development. He began his career in higher education at Bradley University in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois in 2012.
Kaydee Hall (she/her)
Kaydee Hall serves as an Equity Specialist for the University’s Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office (ECRT). As an Equity Specialist, Kaydee serves as an early and consistent point of contact for the parties when a report is received and throughout a resolution process.
Kaydee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Women and Gender Studies from Alma College and a Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. Kaydee comes to the University of Michigan from Albion College, where she served as the Project Director for the Office on Violence Against Women Campus Grant. In her free time, Kaydee enjoys baking, starting (and sometimes finishing) home improvement projects, and finding fun new coffee shops with her partner.
Christopher Harris (he/him)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Christopher Harris is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Michigan Medicine. He comes to U-M from Penn State University where he was its Title IX coordinator. In that role, he worked closely with the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health, the university’s health system.
Molly Hunter (she/her)
Molly Hunter is an Executive Assistant in the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office. She has been in ECRT since 2021 and at the University of Michigan since 2009. She primarily supports the Directors and Assistant Directors by managing calendars and providing meeting and event support, among other administrative duties.
Christopher Jones (he/him)
Senior Administrative Assistant
Christopher is the Senior Administrative Assistant for PEAR (Prevention Education, Awareness & Resources). Christopher received his BA and MA in Communication from UM-Flint. He also worked in Student Accounts and Undergraduate Admissions at UM-Flint for seven years. In his current role, he supports the directors and specialist by managing calendars and providing meeting and event support, among other administrative duties. In his spare time Christopher enjoys running, hiking, and dining out.
Andrew Kruley (he/him)
Andrew is a Senior Investigator in the ECRT Office. As a Senior Investigator, Andrew conducts investigations into allegations of discrimination and harassment involving faculty and staff, as well as provides consultation and educational programming to the university community. Andrew received his JD from the University of Illinois College of Law where he served as Administrative Editor on the Elder Law Journal. Prior to law school, Andrew received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Michigan. Andrew has previously served as a Civil Rights Investigator at Michigan State University’s Office for Institutional Equity and Supervisory Investigator at the Department of Health and Human Services – Office for Civil Rights, where he supervised investigations of cases and compliance reviews of health care providers. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys running, going to the theatre, playing sports (especially golf, tennis, and volleyball), attending local sporting events and collecting bobbleheads.
Carrie Landrum (she/they)
Adaptable Resolution & Restorative Practices Lead
Carrie Landrum supports faculty, staff, and students when harm has impacted an individual or the campus community by facilitating restorative, adaptable resolution for campus concerns related to discrimination, harassment, sexual and gender-based misconduct, and other forms of harm. Carries also assists with community care and support in a holistic approach in responding to sexual and gender-based misconduct. Carrie has been forging pathways to peace and facilitating healing justice using restorative practices at UM since 2007. Carrie’s background includes studies and training in international studies (Emory University); conflict transformation (Wayne State University); and peacebuilding, trauma healing, and restorative practices (Eastern Mennonite University).
Jeff Lange (he/him)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Assistant Director for Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct
Assistant Director for Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct
Jeff Lange is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Director for Sexual & Gender-Based Misconduct Response in ECRT. He comes to U-M from Illinois State University where he was the Director, Title IX Coordinator, & ADA Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access. Jeff received his BA in History from Eastern Illinois University, his JD from Cooley Law School, and his M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University.
Michael Maiden (he/him)
Michael is an Investigator in the University’s Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office. In this role, he responds to reported discrimination, harassment and sexual and gender-based misconduct involving students, faculty, staff and third parties.
Michael grew up in Dubai and the United Kingdom (UK). He graduated from The University of Maryland at College Park with a Master of Public Policy degree (MPP). Prior to the MPP, Michael earned an LLM in International Law from Lancaster University in the UK. Before joining the University of Michigan, Michael worked at Michigan State University’s Office of Institutional Equity and in The University of Maryland at College Park’s Career Center. In his free time, Michael enjoys traveling, learning new languages and reading.
Megan Marshall (she/her)
Deputy ADA Coordinator
Megan E. Marshall is the Deputy ADA Coordinator within the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX (ECRT) Office at the University of Michigan. Megan works in collaboration with the other members of the ECRT ADA Team to provide guidance and support with regard to the University’s responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar laws. This includes answering questions and identifying resources on topics such as accommodations, accessibility, service animals, and disability inclusion and awareness. Megan also helps connect individuals with helpful resources at the University and in the larger community.
Megan is a University of Michigan 2013 disabled alumna, where as a student she represented the voices of students with disabilities by serving as Chair of the Michigan Student Assembly Disability Affairs Commission (for which she received the Council for Disability Concerns’ Certificate of Appreciation Award), Dean of Students Advisory Board, U-M Student Safety Work Group Initiative and founding the first-ever Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Student Advisory Board. Megan has worked as a SSD Coordinator within U-M’s SSD Office for four years (2017-2021) and, previous to that, four years as the Disability Services Advisor at Lawrence Technological University (2013-2017). Megan E. Marshall received her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Community Inclusion from Wayne State University and is licensed as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).
Erin Norris (she/her)
Digital Communications Specialist
Erin is the Digital Communications Specialist in the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office (ECRT). In this role she provides outreach, engagement, and communications to ensure the community can easily access information about prevention, education programs, and resources. Prior to joining the ECRT, Erin worked on a variety of higher education website projects enhancing user experience at Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, and multiple colleges within the University of Michigan. Erin received her BS in Geological Sciences from Michigan State University.
Rachel Roth Sawatzky (she/her)
Rachel Roth Sawatzky is a Specialist at Prevention Education, Assistance and Resources (PEAR) within the ECRT Office at the University of Michigan. Rachel takes both a personal and holistic approach in supporting administrators, faculty and staff with a primary concern for community care. She specializes in developing situation specific and/or broader context-relevant strategies to address and prevent sexual and gender-based misconduct. Having held a variety of student affairs roles including Director of Student Programs & Orientation and Associate Dean of Students, she has also worked as a university Title IX Coordinator. Rachel earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University, a masters degree from Emory University, and has studied peacebuilding, trauma healing, and restorative practices at Eastern Mennonite University. Most recently, her research has focused on how organizations address campus sexual misconduct, and how institutional response mechanisms might be augmented to better meet the needs that result. In her spare time Rachel enjoys exercise, architectural design and travel, especially to sunny and sandy locations.
Andrea Sell (she/her)
Andrea serves as a Case Manager for Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct in partnership with the ECRT Office and the Office of Student Conflict and Resolution (OSCR). Andrea’s commitment is to the development and application of equitable policy and procedure, which affords that each student has a chance to be seen and heard as they navigate the intersections of their life experiences, communities and identities, both privileged and oppressed. She is dedicated to a student’s pursuit of self and communal truth, peace and empathy.
Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Relations from Western Michigan University and her Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. Andrea is a Michigander who lives to explore her towns, cities, farms, parks and lakes with her partner who is new to the majesty of Michigan and the Midwest. Andrea is a loud and proud cat mom and lover of her gray tabby Ashe and Siamese Willow.
Haley Taylor serves as an Equity Specialist for the University’s Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office (ECRT). As an Equity Specialist, Haley serves as an early and consistent point of contact for the parties when a report is received and throughout a resolution process.
Haley holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from Albion College and a clinical Master of Social Work from Michigan State University. Since 2017, she has served in several roles spanning the clinical, academic, and research spheres of higher education.
Jennifer Wade is an administrative assistant for the ECRT Office. She has been with ECRT since 2004, and at the University of Michigan since 1990. She provides general support to the entire office, works on special projects and manages the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award Program. Jennifer received her BA in German from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Anne-Sophie Walters (she/her)
PEAR Assistant Director
Sophie serves as the Assistant Director at the Prevention, Education, Assistance & Resources (PEAR) unit at ECRT. Born and raised in France, she went to law school in Paris and moved to New York City for her Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Previously, Sophie worked at the Prevention, Outreach and Education Department (POE) at Michigan State University and at the Crime Victims Assistance Unit (CVAU) at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office where she gained her expertise in sexual and gender-based misconduct. She is passionate about developing and facilitating prevention programming for faculty and staff on the Title IX regulations, university misconduct policies, and supporting resources in order to build an inclusive, trauma-informed, and violence-free environment for all.
Sam Warne (she/her)
Sam is a Senior Investigator in the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office (ECRT). Within her role, Sam is committed to helping individuals within the University community understand their rights and responsibilities under University policy with the goal of creating a safer, more equitable environment for everyone.
Prior to joining the ECRT at University of Michigan, Sam worked as a Senior Investigator at Utah State University, where she investigated allegations of discrimination and sexual misconduct across statewide campuses. Sam received her BA from Lourdes University and her JD from the University of Toledo College of Law. In her free time, Sam enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and cooking.