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.
Interim University Title IX Coordinator
Adam Foley, Ph.D.
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Adam currently serves as 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 13 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.
We are located on the third floor of Hullihen Hall off of the Green, between Memorial and Mitchell Hall.
|305 Hullihen Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
|Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday