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Group photo of the members of Tufts Office of Equal Opportunity

Led by Executive Director, Jill Zellmer, the Office of Equal Opportunity works with students, faculty and staff across all Tufts’ campuses to support and maintain an environment free of discrimination and harassment while promoting equal opportunity for staff, students, faculty, patients, community members and visitors.

Since 2011, Jill Zellmer has been charged with directing and conducting investigations of discrimination and harassment allegations from staff, faculty, students, patients, community members and visitors and also coordinates and manages the compliance of all university Title VII, Title IX and reasonable accommodation (Americans with Disabilities Act, religious and other requests) processes and protocols.

As a Title VII Investigator, Jennifer Magrone is responsible for the prompt, effective and fair review of allegations and complaints in OEO, typically for employee-related matters. In formal matters, this means conducting the intake, notice, fact-finding and report writing of a formal complaint through to resolution. Investigators also work with parties in an informal matter to support an informal resolution, if possible.

Alida Bográn-Acosta typically handles matters relating to students and employees.  Investigators are responsible for the prompt, effective and fair review of allegations and complaints in OEO. In formal matters, this means conducting the intake, notice, fact-finding and report writing of a formal complaint through to resolution. Investigators also work with parties in an informal matter to support an informal resolution, if possible.

Pamela Ring typically handles Title IX matters.  Investigators are responsible for the prompt, effective and fair review of allegations and complaints in OEO. In formal matters, this means conducting the intake, notice, fact-finding and report writing of a formal complaint through to resolution. Investigators also work with parties in an informal matter to support an informal resolution, if possible.

Johny Lainé ensures that reasonable accommodation and services are in place relative to the Americans with Disabilities Act and employment laws surrounding employees and some students with disabilities. He coordinates and manages the process for providing accommodations and support services for employees and some students with disabilities across all Tufts campuses. His role also encompasses interacting with various stakeholders, assessing immunization exemption requests for religious and medical reasons, assessing and responding to religious accommodation requests and occasionally conducting trainings.

Nadra Sultan coordinates the preparation of annual Affirmative Action Plans and ensures the compliance with federal regulations on Affirmative Action. She is also responsible for quality control of cases through the office case management system (EthicsPoint), supports the accommodation process and administers compliance training for staff and faculty.

April Robbins supports day to day office operations, coordinates university-wide trainings for students, faculty and staff, and supports the case management system for the office.