Who We Are
Located on the fourth floor of the Mary Reed building, 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 (40 and over in employment context), 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.
Emily Babb – Associate Vice Chancellor of Equal Opportunity & Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice Chancellor of Equal Opportunity & Title IX Coordinator
Emily joined DU on January 4, 2021. Emily comes to DU from the University of Virginia where she most recently served concurrently as interim associate vice president for equal opportunity and civil rights and assistant vice president for Title IX compliance/Title IX Coordinator. Previously, she served in the Cleveland U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights as acting regional director, program manager and supervisory attorney. She has also served as senior attorney in the Dallas U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. Across her over 15-year career, Emily has shown a deep devotion to upholding civil rights and providing equal access. She has experience working in a university setting implementing and upholding sexual misconduct policies—and in doing so, helping all in the community learn and work in a safe and healthy environment. She has effectively responded to reports of discrimination, harassment and retaliation and provided training to students, faculty and staff to help prevent such instances before they occur. She has experience collaborating across departments to ensure equal access to employment and education opportunities, and she has a developed a depth of expertise on the resolution and investigative processes involved with reports of prohibited conduct.
Rufina Hernández – Associate Director of Equal Opportunity and ADA Coordinator
Associate Director of Equal Opportunity and ADA Coordinator
Rufina joined the Office in 2016 and has extensive experience in the area of civil and human rights. Rufina's primary duties include preparing and implementing the University's Affirmative Action Plan, monitoring the Plan's commitments, and developing diversity training, recruiting and retention programs. She also currently serves as the ADA Coordinator for the University and is also responsible for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Previous to joining the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, she served as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Denver College of Law, now known as Sturm College of Law. Rufina graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center and is a licensed Colorado attorney.
Molly Hooker – Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Molly is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Molly Hooker rejoined the office, on May 1,2020. 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.
Alba Gonzalez – Investigator
Alba joined the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX in 2018 as an Investigator. Previously, she worked as a Bilingual Spanish speaking Investigator at the Colorado Civil Rights Division where she was responsible for investigating complex discrimination complaints in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations. She also conducted mediations as a third party neutral, and provided outreach and education on Colorado's anti-discrimination laws to the general public. Prior to her position at the Colorado Civil Rights Division, she served as a Paralegal in the Jimenez Law Firm and in the firm of Cianciolo and Beasley. Ms. Gonzalez holds a master's degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Bachelor of Science in the same field from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Priscilla Rose – Investigator
Priscilla joined the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX in 2019 as an Investigator. Prior to coming to DU, she worked as a Civil Rights Investigator at Pikes Peak Community College in Human Resources Services. Priscilla earned her. J.D. at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA and her B.A. from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO. She is from Colorado and enjoys giving back to her community through volunteer service. She currently volunteers with the nonprofits CASA for Kids of the Pikes Peak Region and UpaDowna adventure organization.
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)