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Madison, WI 53706
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Vice Provost for Workforce Equity and Diversity
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.
The associate director
assists the OED assistant vice chancellor in directing the administrative
and policy development responsibilities of the Center including
the UW–Madison’s Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity
Program. The associate director’s areas of responsibility include:
administration; consulting with committees, units, and individuals
regarding affirmative action/equal employment opportunity and diversity;
and professional development and training. The associate director
provides leadership to the OED Compliance unit and directly supervises
the senior AA compliance specialist, the data manager, and one administrative
Special Assistant—Complaint Investigator
Office of the Provost and
Assistant Director, OED
Stephen M. Appell
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 his role as assistant director, OED, Stephen is responsible for providing training and technical assistance on discrimination issues to the UW community.
Stephen has filled the position of assistant director since October 2004. Beginning in January 2011, he also assumed the title of special assistant-complaint investigator in the Office of the Provost. He came to the University after a thirty-year career in the Federal government including fifteen years in the Civil Rights Division, the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, and the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S. Department of Justice. During the remainder of his career he worked for the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education where he served as special assistant, acting branch chief, team leader, and as the senior investigator in the DC Enforcement Office. Stephen served as the office coordinator for the Title IX athletics issues. He also had a special interest in access of students with disabilities to university programs and activities.
He is a graduate of Rutgers University and received a master’s degree in American history, specializing in Southern and African-American history, from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.
Barbara joined the staff of the Office for Equity and Diversity in December 2006 as the disability coordinator/employment. She holds a double master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and rehabilitation administration (1997) from the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. Her undergraduate degree is in therapeutic recreation frm the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (1985). Prior to joining the 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 a director of programs for people with disabilities locally and at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. Barbara has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals in community employment, and clinical 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 DDRs (divisional disability representatives), managers, supervisors and employees 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 Act, and campus disability policy and procedure requirements;
- Develop and implement disability-related policies and procedures for all UW–Madison employees;
- Provide disability-related training to the campus.
Seema Kapani is from India. She received her doctoral degree in
sociology from UW–Madison. In her current position at the Office for Equity
and Diversity (OED), she directs the Leadership
Institute, the SEED and SEEDED seminars and is responsible for campuswide
diversity education and training programs for faculty and staff.
Prior to joining the OED, she was the assistant director for nine
years at the International Student and Scholar Services, UW–Madison.
In this role, she developed and presented seminar and workshops
on domestic as well as international diversity related issues. As
the diversity education coordinator she designs, develops, and facilitates
professional development programs focusing on equity and diversity
issues for faculty, staff, and students. She provides one-on-one
diversity education consultation for needs assessment, training,
and follow-up to departments engaged in organizational development
Seema has 15 years of training and teaching experience in a wide
variety of settings, such as higher education, business, and non-
and for-profit organizations. She has also provided diversity related
training and seminars nationally and internationally. Her passion
in life is to build coalitions, to build bridges across "diversity
Her special areas of interest are:
- social justice and social change
- cross-cultural/intercultural conflict transformation
- international human rights
- women and AIDS education
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.
Equal Opportunity Program Specialist - Senior
Bonnie Sundal joined the Office of Equity and Diversity in December of 2007. She has many years of Affirmative Action and Diversity experience. She has worked the last six years at System Administration in the HR and Diversity Office. 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.
Learning Communities Assessment and Program Development Specialist
William (Will) Clifton joined the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) in August 2005 as the Workforce Learning Communities Assessment & Program Development Specialist. Clifton received his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction (Educational Communications and Technology: emphasis in Student Affairs, Higher Education) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His double major M.S. Ed is in Higher Educational Administration and Applied Linguistics from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale, and his B.A. is in psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to joining the OED, Clifton served as a research evaluator, student services administrator, and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the School of Education at UW–Madison. Clifton has also served as an administrator at Rutgers University and as an instructor at Northeastern University. In addition to his current assessment and program development duties, Clifton advises student organizations and facilitates on- and off-campus discussions on issues of social justice and transformation, and white privilege.
University Services Program Associate
Kathryn (Kate) received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from UW–Platteville in 2006 and her M.S. in Criminal Justice from UW–Platteville in 2009. Kate provides administrative and budget support for OED and collaborates with OED staff and the Divisional Budget Officer 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.