Get to Know the Office of Equity & Inclusion
The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) was established in July 2009 by combining the services of the Office of Affirmative Action and the Office of Women’s Affairs, as well as adding additional resources and programs in diversity initiatives. For years, OEI has worked to advocate for an equitable and inclusive work and learning environment by monitoring, coordinating, and overseeing the University’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. The office focused on activities in campus diversity, LGBT community issues, women’s affairs and affirmative action, and served the entire UD community of students, faculty, and staff.
Making UD a more diverse, equitable and inclusive campus is a Path to Prominence core value and strategic milestone. It has been recognized that increasing diversity and ensuring equity at UD requires systemic change, so cultivating diversity in all areas remains a primary and sustained focus. OEI has served as the administrative arm in diversity initiatives, and worked closely to support the Diversity and Equity Commission. In late 2011, President Harker announced the formation of the President’s Diversity Initiative (PDI) to coordinate the many diversity efforts under way and to set annual priorities and timelines around specific areas of action. Complementing PDI, the Center for the Study of Diversity was established within the College of Arts and Sciences to serve as the academic arm of UD’s diversity efforts.
In the summer of 2012, with wholehearted excitement about the new initiatives and institutional scope of diversity, OEI worked to realign its mission and functions to better serve UD. Many of the diversity programs and institutional awards that OEI has been responsible for in the past have been placed under PDI. Rather than focus on specific areas of historical concern, such as LGBT issues and women’s affairs, OEI is taking a broader, more inclusive focus to its role on UD’s campus. At its core, OEI works to educate our campus community about their rights, and to provide guidance and support through University processes and opportunities.
In 2014, OEI underwent another transition. The office became responsible for Title IX compliance but continued to be responsible for non-discrimination and affirmative action policy and compliance as well as offering support to our campus community for concerns in the learning and work environment. We continue to offer educational training and workshops to develop the awareness and knowledge of individuals’ differences and similarities. Our office works in conjunction with the Vice Provost for Diversity to support all campus diversity and inclusion initiatives and efforts.
Susan L. Groff, Ed.D.
Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion/ University Title IX Coordinator
Sue has served the University of Delaware since 1996, leading numerous initiatives in the department of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreation Services before being named Director, Institutional Equity and University Title IX Coordinator in June of 2014.
In her most recent role, Sue has led the campus in all facets required of a Title IX coordinator in addition to re-branding and re-organizing the office of equity & inclusion. Sue has collaborated with others on campus to develop and implement a comprehensive policy and new process for the campus community, including students, around matters involving sexual misconduct. She continues to collaborate with others on campus to improve education and prevention efforts as well as the response to incident reports. Sue has been a change agent at the institution and continues to lead the campus in one of the most challenging areas today in higher education.
Sue earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Longwood College, Farmville, VA. While at Longwood, Sue was a stand-out athlete in the sports of field hockey and lacrosse and was recently inducted in Longwood’s athletic hall of fame. Sue completed her master’s in business administration with a concentration in sport management from West Chester University in West Chester, PA and her doctorate in Educational Leadership, with a concentration in higher education, from the University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
Jennifer R. Daniels, MSW
Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Jennifer comes to the University of Delaware as a recent graduate of Delaware State University’s Social Work graduate program. Jennifer served in many leadership roles as a graduate student. She was the class Vice President, National Association of Social Workers-Delaware Chapter’s (NASW-DE) graduate representative, and received the Alpha Delta Mu, Social Work Honor Society’s 2015 Leadership Award all the while being a full-time graduate student. In addition to more traditional leadership roles, Jennifer was able to utilize her leadership skills by way of global and community outreach. In August of 2014, she had the pleasure of joining the Hands International Team, which was comprised of social workers, doctors, nurses and volunteers, on a mission trip to Antigua. There, she was able to facilitate workshops on emotional trauma, self-esteem, and personal care to youth in group homes and foster care. She also delivered open forums to local church communities about the prevalence of various mental health concerns.
As a graduate student intern, Jennifer worked in UD’s Faculty Staff Assistance Program for two years as an intern counselor under Linda Spotts, LCSW. Here, Jennifer was able to provide micro and mezzo level intervention and practice through counseling and co-presenting on the various workshops provided to the UD community.
Presently, Jennifer continues her community outreach as the New Castle County Representative on the board of directors for NASW-DE Chapter, and the chair of the Scholarship Committee of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Middletown (DE) Alumnae Chapter. Jennifer will continue to bring her passion and commitment to servicing and bettering the lives of others to the UD community.
Adam Foley, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Adam currently serves as Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Delaware, as well as holding adjunct faculty posts in the Departments of Women and Gender Studies and Human Development and Family Studies. He joined the University of Delaware in 2016 after 10 years at Iowa State University, where he received his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, with a focus in Multicultural Education. He brings with him a passion for multiculturalism and diversity education, as well as extensive experience in multicultural and leadership program development, curriculum design and implementation, research and assessment, and critical multicultural education. His research interests include sexuality education, gender, feminist identity development, and the multicultural components of these areas.
Adam began his career in Residence Life and Student Affairs as a Residence Hall Director at Iowa State University in 2005 after completing his M.A.Ed. in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Virginia Tech. In his time in Student Affairs, he participated extensively in multicultural education efforts for faculty, staff, and students. He advised numerous student leadership organizations, and developed campus-wide workshops, conference, and training opportunities for the university community.
He has more than 10 years of university teaching experience, and has designed and implemented numerous courses, ranging from Multicultural Education to Feminist Theory, as well as various seminar courses on social science topics. Adam received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, and grew up just outside Minneapolis. When he isn’t working, he is pursuing his passion for endurance running, and you can look for him at the starting line of many different road and trail races up and down the east coast. He lives in Wilmington with his partner, Melissa, and their critter family.
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