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MSU hires new Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and new Title IX and ADA Coordinator

Title:MSU hires new Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and new Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Date:November 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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As part of its continued efforts to prevent, address and respond to sexual misconduct in the campus community, Michigan State University has hired the first director of its Office of Institutional Equity as well as a new Title IX and Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator.

Ande Durojaiye is the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity. He is transitioning to MSU now in a part-time role and will start full time on November 30, 2015.  Ande helps lead the University’s efforts to promote an inclusive, equitable campus for all. Ande is tasked with ensuring that the University is in compliance with all applicable discrimination laws, regulations, policies, and procedures including Title IX, Title VI, Title VII and the ADA. Ande is a frequent speaker on topics related to civil rights in education.

Prior to joining MSU, Ande served as the Executive Director of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator at Florida Atlantic University where he was tasked with leading all university initiatives related to equity, inclusion and civil rights compliance. Previously, Ande worked as an Attorney with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR). During that time, Ande engaged in all aspects of civil rights enforcement including, investigating, providing legal guidance and conducting technical assistance. Ande earned his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Masters of Education from Loyola University Chicago, his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tennessee State University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Higher Education Leadership from Vanderbilt University.

Jessica Norris will start on December 28, 2015 as the Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator, where she will be responsible for the leadership and oversight of University programs and initiatives designed to create and maintain a campus culture that is free from gender discrimination, sexual harassment and violence, and disability discrimination. 

Prior to joining Michigan State University, Jessica worked in the Office of Equal Opportunity, Ethics, and Access at Illinois State University for eight years serving most recently as Associate Director, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Officer.  Jessica received her B.S. cum laude from Northern Illinois University and her Ed.M. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.