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Tamiko Strickman

Tamiko Strickman

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.

Christina Kline
ADA Director and ADA Coordinator

Christina Kline

Christina Kline is a Director and ADA Coordinator for ECRT. As the ADA Coordinator, she provides 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, physical accessibility, service animals and disability inclusion and awareness. Christina also helps connect individuals with helpful resources at the university and in the larger community.

Elizabeth Seney
Title IX Coordinator
Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Director

Elizabeth Seney

(She/her/hers)
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
Civil Rights Director

Tanesia White

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
PEAR Director

Kaaren Williamsen

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 Aure
Investigator

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.

Tanya Castrogiovanni
Senior Investigator

Tanya is a Senior Investigator in the ECRT Office, where she supports the university’s commitment to ensure equal opportunities and a respectful, inclusive community for all persons. Specifically, Tanya investigates allegations of discrimination and harassment involving faculty and staff, and provides consultation and training to the university community. 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
PEAR Specialist
Phillip Deaton
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.

Tiffany Fox
Information Specialist

Tiffany Fox, Business Intelligence Analyst, functions as an information specialist for Equity, Civil Rights & 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.

Sabrinne Gibson
Senior Investigator

(She/Her/Hers)
Sabrinne is a Senior Investigator in the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office (ECRT) where she assists in responding to and resolving complaints of sexual misconduct, and discrimination, harassment and retaliation involving students, faculty, and staff at the University.

Sabrinne grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, earned a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received her law degree at the University of Toledo College of Law. She enjoys traveling, baking, and swimming.

Karyn Griffin
Equity Specialist

(She/Her/Hers)

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.

Christopher Harris
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
Executive Assistant

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.

Andrew Kruley (he/him/his)
Senior Investigator

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.

Jeff Lange
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
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 B.A. in History from Eastern Illinois University, his J.D. from Cooley Law School, and his M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University.

Suzanne Quinn McFadden
Assistant Director for Civil Rights Investigations

Suzanne serves as the Assistant Director for Civil Rights Investigations for the ECRT. In this role, Suzanne supports the Civil Rights Director, provides guidance to ECRT Investigators and conducts investigations and other ECRT processes in response to reports of protected class discrimination and harassment. Suzanne also provides consultation and educational training to the university community.

Suzanne is from Detroit, Michigan. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Peace & Conflict Studies and JD at Wayne State University and her Master of Arts in International Administration at the University of Miami.

Michael Maiden
Investigator

(he/him/his)
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
Deputy ADA Coordinator

(She/Her/Hers)

Megan E. Marshall is the Deputy ADA Coordinator within the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX (ECRT) Office at the University of Michigan. As the Deputy ADA Coordinator, 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
Digital Communications Specialist

Erin is the Digital Communications Specialist in the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office (ECRT). In this new 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 website redesign projects enhancing user experience at Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, Rackham Graduate School, and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. Erin received her B.S. in Geological Sciences from Michigan State University. In her free time she enjoys painting, gardening, and looking for Petoskey stones.

Catherine Pinkerton
Senior Investigator

Cathy is a Senior Investigator for the ECRT Office. She focuses on investigating discrimination and sexual harassment allegations involving faculty and staff, and providing consultation and training to the university community. She enjoys helping people find the best U-M office to assist them, even if it’s not ECRT, and takes pride in being fair, thorough and responsive.

Rachel Roth Sawatzky
Specialist

Rachel Roth Sawatzky, EdD is a Specialist with PEAR (Prevention, Education, Assistance, Resources) in the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office at the University of Michigan. She has worked as a university Title IX Coordinator and has held a variety of student affairs roles including Director of Student Programs and Orientation and Associate Dean of Students. Rachel holds a masters degree from Emory University (Atlanta, GA) where she studied sociology of religion and an EdD in higher education administration from Northeastern University (Boston, MA). Her dissertation considered how organizations respond to campus sexual misconduct, and how institutional response mechanisms might be augmented to better meet the needs that result. She offers a personal approach to consultation, support, and community care.

Andrea Sell
Case Manager

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.

Jennifer Wade
Administrative Specialist

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
Assistant Director, PEAR

Anne-Sophie Walters (she/her/hers) serves as the Assistant Director at the Prevention, Education, Assistance and Resources (PEAR) unit at ECRT. Born and raised in France, Sophie 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.

Samantha Warne
Senior Investigator

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 B.A. from Lourdes University and her J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law. In her free time, Sam enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and cooking.