Our Mission

The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) advocates for an equitable and inclusive work and learning environment in which all members of the University of Delaware community, irrespective of their differences, are respected, understood, and valued. OEI is responsible for Title IX, non-discrimination, and affirmative action compliance, as well as providing leadership and support to our campus community for concerns in the work and learning environment.


In pursuit of this mission, our office manages, oversees, and monitors:

      • Complaints of harassment and discrimination under the university Non-Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, and Title IX Policy
      • Protection for minors on campus policies
      • On-going education and awareness for the campus community in all of these areas

The OEI Team

Dawn Barker Floyd, J.D.

Director  & University Title IX Coordinator

E-mail: titleixcoordinator@udel.edu OR dfloyd@udel.edu

Phone: (302) 831-8063

 Dawn brings to the University more than twenty-five years of experience in higher education and law. Most recently, Dawn worked at Lenoir-Rhyne University as the Director of University Compliance and Title IX Coordinator and prior to that she was the Title IX Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Dawn began her career in higher education in student life, serving as the Assistant Director of Student Life at Manhattan School of Music and a Residence Life Area Coordinator at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Dawn is an attorney licensed to practice in New York and North Carolina and worked for ten years at private law firms as a litigation associate on a variety of legal matters. Dawn earned her B.A. and M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Appalachian State University and her J.D. form the City University of New York School of Law.


Eugene Smith, Ed.D.

Assistant Director & Deputy Title IX Coordinator

E-mail: ehsmith@udel.edu

Phone: (302) 831-8063

Dr. Eugene Smith has nine years of professional experience in student affairs, resource management, organizational strategy, change management, and program development. His experience includes policy and advocacy, diversity and anti-racist initiatives, and academic success programs for low-income and underrepresented populations.

Eugene has served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Student Success as well as the Title IX Coordinator for Students at Frederick Community College. While there, he oversaw the PASS (Partnership to Achieving Student Success) program, a two-year retention program that assists low-income first-year students and adult learners in transitioning to college. As the Title IX Coordinator for Students, his role consisted of coordinating and monitoring the college’s compliance with Title IX, state civil rights requirements, prevention efforts, and implementation of learning and development in discrimination.

Additionally, Eugene served at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) as the Assistant Director for the Center for Identity and Inclusion while also serving as a Title IX Investigator. He created persistence, retention, and diversity initiatives which fostered a positive sense of belonging for a diverse population of students. He also served at Northern Oklahoma Community College (NOC) as Coordinator of International Students and the Diversity Officer. In this role, he led the efforts to create the college’s first strategic plan on diversity and seminars.

Eugene received his Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership and his Master of Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University.

Alice Moore

OEI Specialist, OEI Intake & Protection of Minors Program Coordinator

E-mail: protectionofminors@udel.edu OR ammoore@udel.edu

Phone: (302) 831-8063

Melissa McDerby

Administrative Assistant IV

E-mail: oei@udel.edu OR mmcderby@udel.edu

Phone: (302) 831-8063

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