Staff

Karen Baker

Karen L. Baker, J.D.
Associate Vice President for Affirmative Action and Employee and Labor Relations
Title IX Coordinator
815-753-6017  |  klbaker@niu.edu  | titleixcoordinator@niu.edu

Led the creation of Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance; oversees all Title IX compliance activity across the university; facilitates change management operations; reports to senior management and the executive vice president and provost.

Sarah Garner

Sarah Garner (Adamski), J.D.
Director of Investigations and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
815-753-5560 |  sadamski1@niu.edu

Manages affirmative action and Title IX investigations. Facilitates workplace ADA accommodations. Implements strategies and processes for complaints and investigations.

Angie VargasAngélica Gutiérrez-Vargas, M.S. Ed.
Assistant Equal Opportunity Officer
815-753-6089  |  avargas@niu.edu

Assists the associate vice president with administrative support and special projects. Coordinates and manages department related programs and initiatives. Serves as a liaison with various external agencies and/or university constituencies across campus.

   

Lindsay Hatzis, J.D.
Assistant Director of Investigations and Affirmative Action Investigator
815-753-1649  |  lhatzis@niu.edu

Conducts investigations and interviews concerning incidents of possible discrimination, harassment, retaliation or other violations of various federal, state and university laws, regulations, policies and procedures. Researches, gathers, preserves and analyzes evidence/information to determine the outcome of the investigation and recommended corrective action and/or resolution. Assists with workplace inquiries and the ADA accommodations process.

Rose HentonRose M. J. Henton
Director of Coordinated Education, Training and Outreach Programs
815-753-2632  |  rhenton@niu.edu

Facilitates the identification, development and collaboration of services and programs on compliance education/training programs for Title IX, affirmative action, equal employment, Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA) and other related equity compliance functions.

Michelle JohnsonMichelle Johnson
Title IX Investigator
815-753-6042  |  mjohnson1@niu.edu

Conducts Title IX investigations across the university; documents and reports findings.

D. Lance LockettD. Lance Lockett, J.D. 
Title IX Investigator
815-753-2434  |  dlockett1@niu.edu

Investigates Title IX/Sexual misconduct complaints; conducts applicable legal research as it relates to the current trends and laws governing sexual misconduct in higher education. Identifies effective communication methods for the dissemination of information to campus constituencies; Assists with the development and implementation of applicable policies and response procedures. 

Roselyn SnellRoselyn Snell
Director, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
815-753-6038  |  rsnell@niu.edu

Administers the affirmative action plan and equal employment opportunity hiring process; provides consultation to determine best recruitment practices related to diversity programming, workplace protocols and recruitment and retention methodologies. 

Susan SwegleSusan A. Swegle
Assistant Director, Training and Outreach 
815-753-6540  |  sswegle1@niu.edu 

Conducts various training including but not limited to, Title IX/sexual misconduct, non-discrimination, harassment, workplace bullying, equal employment, equity and compliance and supervisor training; Assists in ensuring that education, training, campus and community collaboration activities are conducted, managed and maintained.

Contact Us

Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance
1515 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1118
aaec@niu.edu