Office of Institutional Equity 

We welcome and value different backgrounds, perspectives and learning experiences; this is essential for educating global citizens; developing knowledge and advancing and enhancing our world.

Fatimah Conley

Fatimah Conley, Esq.
Vice President of Equity and Chief Diversity Officer

Fatimah Conley, Esq., serves as the University of Delaware’s Vice President of Equity and Chief Diversity Officer. Fatimah joined the university’s Office of Institutional Equity in 2015 and joined the Office of the General Counsel in 2016. She also served as the university’s Interim Title IX Coordinator and Director of OIE in 2018. In her current role, she serves on President Assanis’s leadership team, and is the senior advisor to the President on matters of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice, and she leads the university’s Office of Institutional Equity.

Equal rights, diversity and inclusion has always been a driver in Fatimah’s life, both personally and professionally. A native Hoosier, she moved to New Orleans and attended Tulane Law School when Hurricane Katrina hit. Fatimah remained in New Orleans after graduation and worked as an associate at Davillier Law Group, LLC. Her practice was focused on representing Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in complex business transactions, labor and employment matters and state and federal economic development opportunities for communities most affected by the hurricane’s devastation. Fatimah was an advocate for equitable education and was a founding member of the New Orleans College Preparatory Academy, a charter school focused on preparing low-income, minority students with academic and life skills for success in college, career and beyond.

Fatimah currently lives in Wilmington, DE and is a member of the board of the Christina Cultural Arts Center, the board of the Charter School of Wilmington, the Louisiana Bar Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She is currently pursuing her MBA in UD’s Lerner College of Business and Economics.

Team Members

Michael Vaughan

Michael L. Vaughan, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Equity

Michael L. Vaughan serves as Vice Provost for Equity and works to advance the University’s academic mission and goals in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights by leading efforts to define, assess and cultivate equity as both an institutional value and an academic priority. He is a senior adviser to the Vice President for Institutional Equity/CDO and the University Provost on matters of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice and collaborates with campus leaders and others on initiatives designed to support UD’s overall academic equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice efforts.

With more than 25 years of academic administrative experience at UD, he previously served as Associate Dean for Engineering Undergraduate Education, managing overall college-level undergraduate academic infrastructure and processes. He also holds a secondary faculty appointment as an Instructor in the College of Engineering.

Vaughan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, and he completed his Ph.D. in civil engineering at UD.

Dana Brittingham

Dana Brittingham
Program Manager, Assistant to Chief Diversity Officer

Dana Brittingham, assistant to the Interim Chief Diversity Office, proudly serves the University of Delaware for over 20 years as an administrative assistant in the Office of Women’s Affairs, Office of Institutional Equity and President’s Diversity Initiative.

Dana enjoys working and interacting with a diverse group of people within the University of Delaware and abroad, which she finds very rewarding. She lends herself to serving on search committees and other planning committees as needed. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration. Dana’s Quote: “Prepare. Focus. Succeed. Repeat.”

  • Stephanie Chang, Director, Student Diversity and Inclusion
  • Adam Foley, Director, Diversity Education, Assessment and Outreach
  • Kasandra Moye, Director, Center for Black Culture
  • Danica A. Myers, Interim Director and Title IX Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity
  • Elizabeth Reed, Director and University ADA & 504 Compliance Coordinator, Disability Support Services


Diversity Action Plan