UMBC’s Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) is responsible for promoting and coordinating the University’s core values of inclusive excellence and equity, and has primary responsibility for managing UMBC’s efforts related to Title IX as well as other civil rights issues, including discrimination, harassment, hate and bias. The office’s mission is to ensure compliance with sexual misconduct and non-discrimination laws, regulations, and policies through prompt, fair investigations, education and training, and outreach and engagement.
Since its establishment in 2019, the office has launched the online reporting form for sexual misconduct, discrimination and hate or bias incidents which permits anonymous reporting by students, faculty, and staff. In addition, nearly all students, faculty, and staff have completed the mandatory online and/or in-person training related to sexual misconduct. The Office of Equity and Inclusion will continue to develop and deliver regular mandatory training on discrimination and sexual misconduct to all students, faculty, and staff to fulfill UMBC’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our campus community.
Welcome to our new Civil Rights Investigator!
Kathy Ibitoye joins the UMBC community as one of two Civil Rights Investigators in the Office of Equity and Inclusion effective July 6, 2020. Ms. Ibitoye will be responsible for investigating reports regarding complaints of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, harassment, discrimination and retaliation by the UMBC community. Ms. Ibitoye will also play an important role in meeting the University’s training and education requirements.
Ms. Ibitoye joins UMBC after serving as Litigation Associate at Marks, O’Neill, O’Brien, Doherty, & Kelly P.C., where she investigated and evaluated allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation for the firm’s clients. Prior to that, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Ms. Ibitoye earned her J.D. from University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and her undergraduate from UMBC in Financial Economics in 2015.
Please join us in welcoming Kathy to the OEI team and back to UMBC!
UMBC’s Work Challenging Structural Racism
OEI also serves as a central hub to support UMBC’s commitment to inclusive excellence. UMBC is committed to facing the challenge of understanding our position in society and our role in dismantling structural racism.
We know that a variety of departments and divisions have sponsored and are planning events to support our community during this time. We will be compiling and sharing these here. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an event or resource to share. If you have a myUMBC event page, please include the tag diversityandinclusion on your event so we can share it.
Thank you to the 600 members of our community who attended
The Many Faces of Structural Racism: A Campus Conversation
Thursday, June 18, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
View a recording of the event here*
View the event slides
*The video is accompanied by closed captioning, however, please note that we are currently revising the transcript to more completely represent the conversation and will post edits soon.