OED Staff

General Contact Information

179A Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-2378
Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1
FAX: (608) 263-5562

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Luis Piñero

Luis Pinero

Director of Office for Equity and Diversity

Assistant Vice Provost for Workforce Equity and Diversity

Luis Piñero


Luis A. Piñero is the assistant vice provost for the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED). He joined the Office of Affirmative Action and Compliance, OED’s predecessor, on August 16, 1982, and has served the office in progressively responsible positions during a 28-year career. He holds a B.A. from Marquette University (1979), and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1982). He is certified as a Global Learning Partners Fellow, Vella Approach to Sustainable Learning (1999), and as a Center for Creative Leadership—Benchmarks® Feedback Facilitator (1998). He was appointed to his current position on February 3, 2000. The assistant vice provost serves as campuswide strategic planner and consultant on workforce equity and diversity, related professional development, and human resources planning. He provides oversight and strategic direction to ten OED staff members and collaborates with academic leaders, employing units, governance bodies and labor organizations to promote workforce diversity, nurture human resources, and attain campus strategic priorities.

Critical priorities: OED staffing and professional development; enhancing AA/EEO compliance; technical assistance and development opportunities in support of Equity and Diversity Committees and the Divisional Disability Representatives' network; campuswide Learning Communities; the Sexual Harassment Information Project; collaboration with the OED Advisory Committee; collaboration with WISELI; collaboration with the Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness; collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate; OED web resources enhancements; supporting and enhancing campuswide, climate-focused initiatives.

Patricia Villarreal

Special Assistant—Complaint Investigator
Office of the Provost and
Assistant Director, OED
Patricia Villarreal



Patricia Villarreal is the Special Assistant to the Provost-Complaint Investigator and the Assistant Director of the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED). She joined OED on October 27, 2014. She received her B.A. in Sociology/Social Work from the University of Texas-Austin, her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and her M.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining OED, Patricia served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Equity/Diversity Services at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and previously held various positions in Milwaukee County’s Department of Human Resources.


The special assistant-complaint investigator is an impartial fact-finder who addresses complaints of discrimination from faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the campus under Federal and State laws and University of Wisconsin System or University of Wisconsin–Madison Policies or Procedures. The special assistant-complaint investigator conducts investigations on behalf of OED and issues written reports which, if appropriate, include recommendations for corrective action. In her role as assistant director, OED, Patricia is responsible for providing training and technical assistance on discrimination issues to the UW community.

Kathryn O'Connor

Program Assistant Advanced Confidential
Kathryn O'Connor


Kathryn (Kate) joined OED in 2007.  She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from UW–Platteville in 2006 and her M.S. in Criminal Justice also from UW–Platteville in 2010. Kate is responsible for providing training on Executive Order #54 which discusses guidelines for reporting child abuse and neglect.  Kate is also responsible for scheduling and recording attendace for Sexual Harassment Information Sessions for staff and Limited Appointees.

Kate provides administrative and budget support for OED and collaborates with OED staff and the Divisional Budget Office to ensure that planning objectives, priorities, and expenditures are consistent with the OED budget and strategic plan. In addition, Kate coordinates the assistant vice provost’s and assistant director’s calendars and schedules meetings and arranges meeting locations for OED staff. Kate identifies and monitors priority concerns for the assistant vice provost and coordinates travel, processes invoices and requisitions, and procures supplies. She also serves as administrative coordinator and executive assistant to the director for Leadership Institute.  Kate also supports the OED Advisory Committee and schedules monthly meetings for the committee.

Barbara Lanser

Disability Coordinator/Employment
Barbara Lanser

Barbara joined the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) in December 2006 as the Disability Coordinator/Employment. She holds a double masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Administration (1997) from the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. Her undergraduate degree is in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (1985). Prior to joining OED, Barbara was employed at the City of Madison as the Occupational Accommodation Specialist coordinating employee and applicant accommodation requests and providing expertise for the City on disability-related employment issues. She has also served as the director of a supportive living program for persons with disabilities in Madison and the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Touch of Nature, Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. Barbara has been engaged in working with individuals with disabilities for more than 30 years in clinical, community, outdoor and employment settings.

The primary responsibilities of the Disability Coordinator/Employment are to:

  • Serve as the campus resource on disability-related employment matters;
  • Consult on a case-by-case basis with employees, Divisional Disability Representatives (DDR), and managers/ supervisors to ensure compliance with ADA and campus disability policy and procedure requirements;
  • Direct the DDR Education Program;
  • Monitor disability accommodation decisions for compliance with the ADA, Wisconsin Fair Employment Law, and campus disability policy and procedure requirements;
  • Develop and implement disability-related policies and procedures for all UW–Madison employees;
  • Provide disability-related employment training to the campus.


Susan Nelson

Senior Administrative Program Specialist
Susan Nelson

Susan Nelson joined the office in 1990. Prior to that, she worked for the University of Wisconsin System Administration. She received a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a J.D. degree from the UW–Madison Law School.

As a member of the OED Compliance Unit, this position is responsible for ensuring that the University is in compliance with federal, state and UW System Board of Regents affirmative action and equal employment opportunity (aa/eeo) laws, regulations and policies; for developing, implementing and monitoring the University’s regulatory compliance plans and for preparing relevant reports and documentation to confirm federal and state aa/eeo compliance. The Compliance Specialist coordinates federal Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) audits, serves as campus liaison to federal, state, and city/county regulatory agencies and to other UW–Madison offices in ensuring aa/eeo requirements are met.

Bonnie Sundal

Equal Opportunity Program Specialist - Senior
Bonnie Sundal

Bonnie Sundal joined the Office of Equity and Diversity in December of 2007. She has over 20 years of  Affirmative Action and Diversity experience. Her background includes AA programming and training, Human Resource software implementation skills and AA plan software development.

This position provides access to and accountability for the affirmative action/equal opportunity data base and is responsible for analyzing, compiling and preparing statistical reports required to comply with federal contractor, State of Wisconsin, UW–System, and UW–Madison reporting requirements.

She is also the creater of the Sandwich Generations sessions that allows people who are dealing with caregiving to access up to date information about finacial and caregiving support.