Office of Equity & Inclusion

Providing leadership and support in creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment for all in our community. OEI is responsible for Title IX, affirmative action policies and compliance, university diversity initiatives, and on-going education to the campus community in all of these areas. Get HelpReporting
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Guiding Principles

Vision Statement

The Office of Equity and Inclusion serves as an ally and thought leader in developing a more diverse, accountable, educated and inclusive University of Delaware community. OEI works to institutionalize diversity as a fundamental transformative force that fosters personal and professional growth and academic excellence.

Mission Statement

The Office of Equity & Inclusion works to ensure that all members of its community, irrespective of their differences, are understood, respected and valued.  OEI develops, promotes, and assesses an equitable, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment.  OEI is responsible for:

  • Managing the non-discrimination policy and compliance to include sexual misconduct/Title IX;
  • Monitoring affirmative action compliance;
  • Managing the protection for minors on campus policies;
  • Supporting university diversity initiatives; and
  • Providing on-going multicultural education and awareness for the campus community.
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“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

-Norman Vincent Peale

Susan L. Groff, Ed.D.

Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion/ University Title IX Coordinator

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

-Maya Angelou

Jennifer R. Daniels, MSW

Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion

“[T]he more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled. This person is not afraid to meet the people or to enter into a dialogue with them. This person does not consider himself or herself the proprietor of history or of all people, or the liberator of the oppressed; but he or she does commit himself or herself, within history, to fight at their side.”

-Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Adam Foley, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

– Elanor Roosevelt

Jessica Rickmond

Associate Director, Special Investigations

“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.”

– Aldous Huxley

Alexandria de Aranzeta, JD

Sr. Associate Director, Equity & Inclusion

“It is never too late to give up your prejudices.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Michelle Pergeorelis

Administrative Assistant