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The Office of Institutional Equity


We envision a University where equity and inclusion are:

  • Integrated into the learning and working environment of all members of the University community
  • Recognized as core institutional values and will inform thinking, policies (following Title IX standards), and practices throughout the University
  • Inherently intertwined with academic excellence and the development of leaders for a globally inclusive society


The mission of the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is to provide leadership, guidance, and oversight of the University’s equity and inclusion framework. We advocate for shared responsibility in addressing systemic inequities for faculty, staff, and students. We strategically and proactively foster an institutional culture of inclusiveness that, in turn, nurtures a climate that imbues diversity as an asset.


Lead collective University efforts to cultivate an equitable and inclusive environment to effectively serve a dynamic and diverse student body by addressing complaints and grievances. OIE’s commitment to civil rights drives and grounds our work so that every project and every conversation continuously advocates for — and advances institutional excellence through — shared responsibility for:

  • Access and Inclusion: continuously preparing, inviting, and welcoming students, faculty, and staff to an environment where all have the opportunity to thrive and build skills to succeed at the University and beyond
  • Collaboration and Community: advocating for the creation of equitable and collaborative partnerships to better work together within and outside the University toward shared goals
  • Education and Learning: actively and intentionally using models and practices that incorporate content that reflects unique and diverse ways of knowing, being, and experiencing the world
  • Sustainable Transformation: promote opportunities for continuous individual and institutional reflection and collaboration to build capacity and integrate what we learn into our culture and infrastructure
  • Accountability: evaluating and assessing progress toward the realization of the University’s vision for equity and diversity while complying with federal, state, and institutional guidelines, including Title IX

Oversee the prompt, effective, and equitable intake, complainant reporting, investigation, processing, issuing of findings of fact, and timely resolution of all instances of:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Gender-based violence and gender-based discrimination
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Stalking
  • Sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and other types of sexual violence
  • Age discrimination
  • Race discrimination
  • Religion discrimination
  • Disability discrimination 
  • Retaliation
  • Pregnancy and parenting-related discrimination

Made known to responsible employees or filed by students, faculty, staff, Title IX coordinators, or third parties.

Facilitate the implementation of prevention training, outreach, and education on Title IX, Title VII, the Clery Act, VAWA, ADA, ADEA, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), all as amended, and other federal and state anti-discrimination rights, laws, regulations, and requirements for faculty, staff, and students.

Provide consultation to faculty, staff, and students on the incident and climate concerns related to discrimination, harassment, and other retaliation, including the assignment of a Title IX coordinator, support resources, and the notice of the right for a complainant or respondent to file internal and external complaints.


Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Resources & Processes

Office of Institutional Equity (OIE)

9388 Lightwave Ave.
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 642-8087
[email protected]


Heather Tyrrell
Director, Institutional Equity
Title IX Coordinator

Janette Garcia
Manager, Institutional Equity

Robina Smith
Senior Specialist
Outreach and training, Projects, Investigator

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