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Meet UNT’s new director of equal opportunity

Inya BaiyeUNT’s new Director of Equal Opportunity Inya Baiye came to the university with knowledge of what it takes to oversee compliance at a large public institution. What appealed to her about UNT were the opportunities here, both for herself and at the institution that is focused on research and growth.

“Although my position concentrates on UNT’s compliance with civil rights laws, the structure of the division allows me to collaborate with the new Director of Diversity. This will help UNT continue to move toward excellence as we grow larger and more diverse,” said Baiye, who previously worked at Ohio University.

Baiye started her position on Nov. 16 and will be working to maintain, set up or expand UNT’s offerings around equal opportunity. That work will include enhanced training for hiring and search committee interview processes, work on the university’s affirmative action plan, and ensuring the university’s compliance with Title IX and ADA requirements as UNT’s Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator.

“After a national search, I am pleased that Ms. Baiye has joined the Equity and Diversity team at UNT,” said Joanne Woodard, vice president for equity and diversity. “Her legal background, previous work with equal opportunity issues in higher education and especially her experience with Title IX are qualifications that will serve us well with our equal opportunity compliance work and in making UNT a great place to work and learn.”

Baiye’s five years of experience in equity and diversity started when she was a graduate assistant in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Access at the University of Illinois. At Ohio University’s Office for Institutional Equity, she worked as the Assistant Director for Civil Rights Compliance before receiving a promotion to Director of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance & Title IX Coordinator in the university’s Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance. In June, Baiye was certified as a Title IX Coordinator by the Association of Title IX Administrators. She has also earned certifications as an affirmative action professional and in mediation skills. In 2009, Baiye was admitted to the Illinois State Bar.

While settling in at UNT, Baiye has been meeting campus partners in the Division of Student Affairs, Human Resources and throughout campus. Her goals for the future are to ensure consistency in the university’s approach to equal opportunity and to build beneficial and appropriate training programs for the campus community.

“My meetings so far have served as an introduction to the needs of the campus, and to the previous offerings of my department,” Baiye said. “There is much that the Division of Equity and Diversity can do to support the community. I look forward to serving, and to contributing to UNT’s culture.”

 

Posted on: Fri 22 January 2016

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