Who We Are

The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is located in North Office Building A (NOA on campus map), Fourth floor, Suite 4.302.  The NOA building is located at 101 E. 27th St. (on the corner of 27th St. and Wichita St.).

Please contact us at our main number 512-471-1849 or email equity@utexas.edu.

Our Staff

Sherri L. Sanders, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Title VI Coordinator
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Educational Administration
sherri.sanders@austin.utexas.edu

Sherri L. Sanders, associate vice president, oversees the merger of Strategic Initiatives and Institutional Equity within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. In this role, she provides leadership in promoting and furthering the University's commitment to diversity and equal opportunity for all members of its community. Dr. Sanders collaborates with staff to prepare the University’s responses to eeo investigations initiated by governmental agencies, and serves as one of the liaisons between the University and external eeo authorities, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Education - Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). In addition, Dr. Sanders is the Title VI Coordinator for the university and is responsible for administering and monitoring Title VI activities as well as the overall nondiscrimination program. She also serves as a consultant to university faculty, staff, and departments regarding issues of inclusion and equity and works closely with staff to investigate and seek positive resolutions regarding internal university issues and concerns, including equal opportunity related concerns. She is the point person for the development and implementation of the university’s diversity planning process. Dr. Sanders partners with the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and other academic leaders in their efforts to create an inclusive culture where faculty recruitment and retention initiatives can succeed. Prior to 2007, she was a member of the Office of the Dean of Students senior leadership team for nineteen years and served both as assistant and associate dean of students.  She is a clinical associate professor within the Department of Educational Administration. In 1998, she received her Ph.D. in educational administration from UT-Austin.  Her dissertation was a qualitative study of “The Leadership Behaviors and Styles of Selected Female Academic Deans” and her research interests include diversity and strategic planning, gender equity, faculty recruitment and retention, climate assessment, and student development theory.  Dr. Sanders earned her M.A. in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University and a B.S. in psychology from Louisiana State University. Throughout her tenure, she has received numerous awards including the Parents’ Association Outstanding Student Affairs Staff Merit Award and the Margaret C. Berry Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award. In 1999, Dr. Sanders was selected as the university’s representative to Leadership Texas and in 2004 she was honored as a participant in the Fulbright Scholar Program in Germany.

Keneshia Colwell, B.A.
Administrative Associate
keneshia.colwell@austin.utexas.edu

Keneshia Colwell, administrative associate, helps guide the office's daily operations, including processing and triaging incoming complaints and ADA accommodation requests, maintaining the office's internal databases, and scheduling of appointments and meetings.  In addition, Ms. Colwell serves as an initial point of contact for the office.

Brett Lohoefener, J.D.
Director of Investigations & Policy, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
brett.lohoefener@austin.utexas.edu

Brett Lohoefener, director of investigations and policy, is responsible for administering and monitoring Title VI activities as well as the overall nondiscrimination program. In this capacity, Brett investigates and facilitates the positive resolution of discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), hostile work/learning environment, retaliation, consensual relationship, sexual misconduct, and whistleblower retaliation related complaints.  Mr. Lohoefener also prepares the University’s responses to eeo investigations initiated by governmental agencies, and serves as a liaison between the University and external eeo authorities, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Education - Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).  In addition, Mr. Lohoefener provides eeo related trainings and serves as a consultant to University faculty, staff, students, and departments regarding equity issues.  Mr. Lohoefener also helps administer the University's ADA accommodation process for faculty and staff.

Prior to joining UT-Austin, Brett was a litigation associate for five years at a law firm in New York City, where he specialized in complex commercial litigation and government investigations.  Brett earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in Washington D.C.

Ryan A. Miller, Ph.D.
Director
rmiller@austin.utexas.edu

Ryan A. Miller, director, supports the development and administration of the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action program for the University. In his role, he oversees the office's education, compliance, and campus climate initiatives, including leadership of the Campus Climate Response Team. He also contributes to the office's initiatives on inclusive recruitment and retention strategies and diversity planning with academic and administrative leaders. Dr. Miller's professional experience at three universities spans the areas of admissions, federal TRiO programs, institutional research, intergroup dialogue, LGBTQ affairs, student conduct, and student development.

Dr. Miller received his PhD in educational administration at UT-Austin, with a doctoral portfolio in disability studies. He received his mater's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and bachelor's degree in journalism with honors from UT-Austin, both as a Point Scholar. Dr. Miller's research and publishing focus on the conditions for creating inclusive campus cultures in higher education and students' intersectional identity development processes, with emphasis on disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation. He serves on the board of directors for the Point Foundation and editorial board for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Betty Jeanne Taylor, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President
bjwtaylor@austin.utexas.edu

Betty Jeanne Taylor, assistant vice president, is actively involved with the university’s diversity planning process and the faculty recruitment and retention partnership with the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. She is also the creator of the “Inclusive Classrooms Leadership Certificate Seminar Series” for assistant instructors and teaching assistants. Dr. Taylor serves as a member of the Campus Climate Response Team (CCRT) and partners with colleagues to resolve bias incidents impacting faculty and staff. Her research and professional practice includes work with academic colleges and departments on diversity efforts including development of inclusive classrooms and faculty recruitment and retention initiatives. Dr. Taylor also has served in an advisory capacity for the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) since 2007, is a member of the International Office’s Longhorn DREAMers Project, and serves as a mentor for the Texas Hillel Launching Longhorns program. With 15 years of experience in higher education administration, Dr. Taylor has served as an instructor, facilitator, and administrator. Prior to joining DDCE, she served as a member of the management team in the Office of the Dean of Students as Director of Greek Life and Education where she also instructed undergraduate courses and conducted research for a national multi-university research project. During her tenure at the University, Dr. Taylor has been recognized for her service and leadership with honors including the Texas Parents’ Association Staff Merit Award and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Taylor holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin. She received a B.S. in communication and a M.S. in higher education from The Florida State University. Her research interests include identity development and intersectionality, inclusive climates, and social justice education.