Who We Are
Located in Driscoll Commons Suite 30, the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX (EOIX) is a source of trustworthy support for the entire University of Denver (DU) community. Our team members strive for an empowered DU, helping you report incidents, investigate claims and locate the information, resources and training needed to foster an environment of equal opportunity and equity for students, faculty and staff.
In collaboration with University partners, EOIX fosters an environment of equal opportunity and equity for students, faculty, and staff in all aspects of educational programming and employment. We also investigate claims of discrimination based on Race, Color, National Origin, Ancestry, Age, Religion, Creed, Disability, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Marital Status, Pregnancy, Genetic Information, Veteran Status, Military Enlistment. We facilitate the University's compliance with applicable laws including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Affirmative Action, Equal Pay, Age Discrimination in Employment; ADA and Section 504, VEVRAA, USERRA, GINA, as well as other applicable federal, state, and local non-discrimination laws.
Howard Kallem - Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Equal Opportunity & Title IX
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Equal Opportunity & Title IX
Howie joined DU as the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunity and Title IX in May 2023, and will serve in that position through October 2023. He has previously worked for the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education, UNC Chapel Hill (as its Title IX Coordinator), and Duke University (same). He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his law degree from Catholic University.
Molly Hooker –Interim Title IX Coordinator
Interim Title IX Coordinator
Molly is currently serving as the Interim Title IX Coordinator. Molly Hooker rejoined the office, on May 1, 2020 as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Molly served as the Interim Title IX coordinator at DU from August 2018 to February 2019 and was a member of the original Title IX working group that helped shape the University's vision and strategy for Title IX compliance, including informing the broader community about the proposed Title IX regulations. She has been with the university since 2001, working in both academic and student affairs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Molly earned her bachelor's degree from University of Colorado, Boulder and her master's degree from the University of Mississippi.
Feben Berhe - Deputy Equal Opportunity Coordinator/Senior Investigator
Deputy Equal Opportunity Coordinator/Senior Investigator
Equalopportunity@du.edu or Feben.Berhe@du.edu
Feben came to EOIX from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission where she worked on employment, housing, and public accommodations discrimination cases. She earned her Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. She is married and has three children.
Marissa Shevins - Equal Opportunity & Title IX Investigator
Marissa joined DU in June of 2022 as an Equal Opportunity & Title IX Investigator. Prior to joining the University of Denver, Marissa worked as a housing attorney with Colorado Legal Services where she represented tenants at risk of eviction in multiple counties in Colorado. Marissa earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, and her Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law in 2020.
Joshua or Josh Kaufman - ADA Coordinator
Joshua joined the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title XI after serving as the director of DU’s Disability Services Program (DSP) for five years. He came to DU from the Office of Academic Accessibility at the University of North Carolina Asheville, where he was director and ADA coordinator. While director of DSP, Joshua oversaw the expansion of DU students served by around seventy-five percent. While in North Carolina, he served in multiple roles that fostered and created a more inclusive and equitable experience for members of the campus and wider community. Some of his work included serving as president of the North Carolina Association on Higher Education and Disability, was a member of the Statewide Independent Living Council and chair of the Policy Committee, lead the university in the creation of their first campus wide accessibility committee, and partnered with the Humanities Program to embed the disability identity into their curriculum. Joshua has a BA in Psychology from Western State College in Gunnison, CO and a MS in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University in Radford, VA. In his free time, Joshua is also an avid outdoors person who enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, adventure motorcycling, and spending time with his partner and pets.
Lin-Chi Wang Interim Deputy Coordinator for Equal Opportunity & Title IX Investigations
Interim Deputy Coordinator for Equal Opportunity & Title IX Investigations
Lin-Chi joined DU as the Interim Deputy Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator for Investigations in April 2023, and will serve in that position through October 2023. Lin-Chi has in-depth experience overseeing and conducting impartial Title IX and anti-discrimination investigations in schools and workplaces. Lin-Chi previously worked as the Director of Equity and Title IX at Muhlenberg College, civil rights investigator for Michigan State University, and as an employment attorney in MI. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from the University of Florida, and law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.
Investigator, Title IX Coordinator, Hearing Officer and Appeals Officer Training
Employees at the University who serve as Title IX Coordinators, Investigators, Hearing Officers, or Appeals Officers have completed one or more of the following trainings in accordance with the requirements set forth by the Department of Education:
- Conducting and Adjudicating Title IX Hearings: An OCR Training Webinar – U.S. Department of Education
- How to Report Sexual Harassment Under Title IX – U.S. Department of Education
- Title IX Protections Against Sexual Assault – U.S. Department of Education
- Due process Protections under Title IX – U.S. Department of Education
- OCR Webinar: Title IX Regulations Address Sexual Harassment – U.S. Department of Education
- OCR Webinar on the First Amendment and Title IX – U.S. Department of Education
- Title IX Coordinator and Administrator Training & Certification Level Four – Associate of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)
- Civil Rights Investigator Three: Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment Case Processing and Resolution - ATIXA
- Civil Rights Investigator Four: Advanced Interviewing Skills and Strategies - ATIXA
- Consent Workshop - ATIXA
- Title IX Coordinator Level Two - ATIXA
- Civil Rights Investigator Four - ATIXA
- Civil Rights Investigator Two - ATIXA
- K-12 Coordinator Two Certification Course - ATIXA
- 20 minutes to...Trained - Documentation - ATIXA
- 20 minutes to...Trained - Questioning - ATIXA
- 20 minutes to...Trained - Report Writing - ATIXA