Who We Are

The Office for Inclusion and 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

Dr. Sherri L. Sanders 
Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Equity

Sherri L. Sanders and her Office for Inclusion and Equity (OIE) team advance a diverse, equitable, and supportive campus culture through their commitment to fulfilling the spirit of equal opportunity laws and policies, as well as building awareness within the university community. In this role, Dr. Sanders partners with the senior vice provost for faculty affairs and other academic leaders to advance inclusive faculty recruitment and retention strategies. She also works with OIE staff and campus administrators to implement equitable resolutions regarding university issues in order to promote a more inclusive organizational culture. As the Title VI Coordinator, she, along with OIE staff, administers Title VI activities and collaborates with the director of investigations and policy on the overall nondiscrimination program. She, along with staff, develop and translate the University’s Affirmative Action Plan data into effective tools to institutionalize best practices and to enhance their work with campus diversity committees, especially in regards to OIE’s diversity planning facilitation. For the UT Charter School System, Dr. Sanders serves as the Civil Rights Officer.

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. In 1998, she received her Ph.D. in educational administration from UT-Austin. Her research interests include diversity planning, gender equity, faculty recruitment and retention, and climate assessment. 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 2004, she was honored as a participant in the Fulbright Scholar Program in Germany.

Keneshia Colwell, B.A.
Administrative Associate

Keneshia Colwell provides high-level, clear and accurate information to staff members investigating cases of discrimination throughout the university. Ms. Colwell utilizes sound judgement in preparation and anticipation of the workflow within the office. Ms. Colwell helps guide the office's daily operations, including, processing and triaging incoming complaints and ADA accommodation requests, maintaining the office's internal databases and spreadsheets, scheduling appointments and meetings, processing all office accounting functions, viewing and editing of investigation reports, maintaining confidentiality and retaining original records in accordance with the university’s retention schedule. In addition, Ms. Colwell serves as an initial point of contact for the office.

Prior to joining UT-Austin, Keneshia worked as a personal assistant for Olympic Champion and Executive Producer, Sanya Richards-Ross. Keneshia also served as a brand development staff member, helping develop the behavioral health division of the Doctor on Demand app, for Dr. Phil and The Doctors' - Paramount Pictures, in Hollywood, CA. Keneshia earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.

Brett Lohoefener, J.D.
Director of Investigations & Policy, Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Brett Lohoefener, director of investigations and policy, oversees the University's equal employment opportunity (eeo) and civil rights related 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 the primary liaison between the University and external civil rights 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 and diversity issues.  Mr. Lohoefener also serves as the University's Deputy Title IX Coordinator for faculty, staff, and student-employees.  In this capacity, Brett collaborates with the Institutional Title IX Coordinator to ensure compliance with all related laws and regulations.

Prior to joining UT-Austin, Brett was a litigation associate for five years at a leading 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.

Ryan A. Miller, director, supports the development and administration of the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action program for the University. In his role, he also oversees the office's compliance, outreach, and campus climate initiatives, including leadership of the Campus Climate Response Team. Dr. Miller co-leads the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement's strategic planning and assessment efforts. He also contributes to the Office for Inclusion and Equity'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 Ph.D. in educational administration at UT-Austin, with a doctoral portfolio in disability studies. He received his master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and bachelor's degree in journalism with honors from UT-Austin, earning both degrees 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. His dissertation on intersections of disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation in higher education received the 2016 Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year award from NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. He serves on the board of directors for Point Foundation and editorial board for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Corey Tanner, J.D.
Associate Director

Corey Tanner, associate director, serves as a resource on university policies related to equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, whistleblowing, anti-harassment, retaliation, and other civil rights policies and legislation. In partnership with the director of investigations and policy, Ms. Tanner administers the office's formal investigation and informal resolution processes and collaborates on initiatives to support equity and diversity. Ms. Tanner also prepares the University’s responses to EEO investigations initiated by governmental agencies and serves as a liaison between the University and external civil rights 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).  Corey aids in the drafting and updating of university policies to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and provides counsel and training to administrators, supervisors and departments related to the policies and procedures enforced by the office. Ms. Tanner also collaborates with the Institutional Title IX Coordinator, the Office of Legal Affairs, University Compliance Services, the Office of Human Resources, and the UT System Office of General Counsel to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations related to the University’s employment practices.

Prior to joining UT-Austin, Corey was an attorney at a boutique law firm in Austin, Texas, where she specialized in school law and employment law issues. While in law school she clerked at the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Corey earned her undergraduate degree in Communication from St. Edward’s University in Austin and her law degree at the SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas.

Betty Jeanne Taylor, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President

With 15 years of professional experience in higher education, Dr. Betty Jeanne Taylor has served as an administrator, facilitator, and instructor. As assistant vice president for inclusion and equity, her responsibilities include coordination of office-wide educational efforts and work with university and charter school leadership in curriculum development for inclusive environments. Dr. Taylor developed and implemented the Inclusive Classrooms Leadership Certificate Seminar, currently provided for university teaching assistants and assistant instructors. She plays a critical role with the university’s diversity planning process as well as the faculty recruitment and retention partnership with the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. As a lead team member for the Campus Climate Response Team (CCRT), Dr. Taylor partners with colleagues to resolve bias incidents impacting faculty, staff, and students. She has served in an advisory capacity for the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) and currently represents UT-Austin on the Texas Diversity Council’s Central Texas Advisory Board. She has presented nationally through the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and as an invited speaker for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Summit.

Prior to joining DDCE, Dr. Taylor served as Director of Greek Life and Education, part of the management team in the Office of the Dean of Students where she also instructed undergraduate courses. She has been recognized for her service and leadership with honors including the President’s Outstanding Staff Award and the Texas Parents’ Association Staff Merit Award. She 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.