About the Office

Office Frequently Asked Questions

01

Who can utilize the Office of Institutional Equity?

The office of  Institutional Equity at Michigan Technological University is responsible for the implementation of the University's Equal Opportunity, Discrimination/Harassment Policy. Institutional Equity follows the procedures under the Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Process to ensure that employees, students, and visitors are not discriminated against in employment, educational programs and activities on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, genetic information, or marital status, disability, or veteran status.

To that end, Institutional Equity may be utilized by faculty, staff, students or visitors alike.

02

Who can file a complaint?

Any member of the campus community can file a complaint with Institutional Equity. This includes faculty, staff, students or visitors.

03

Does Institutional Equity advocate for one side or another?

No. Institutional Equity implements its policies in a neutral fashion.

04

Who works in Institutional Equity?

 

Jill Hodges, PhD
Director of Institutional Equity
Affirmative Action Officer
ADA/Rehabilitation Act Coordinator 
906-487-3310
jhodges@mtu.edu
308 Admin. Bldg.


Beth Lunde
Title IX Coordinator
Associate Director, Institutional Equity
906-487-3310
titleix@mtu.edu
306 Admin. Bldg.

  • Policy development
  • Federal compliance related to educational programs  

Valerie Holzberger
Coordinator, Institutional Equity
906-487-2380
verkkila@mtu.edu

  • Monitors University compliance with federal and state civil rights laws and regulations
  • Performs statistical and data analysis
  • Monitors faculty and staff hires
  • Manages Website

Michele Wirtanen
Administrative Aide 8, Institutional Equity
906-487-3310
michele@mtu.edu

  • ADA Accommodations
  • KCP Visiting Women & Minority Lecture/Scholar Series
  • Budget Manager

Susan Sullivan
Office Assistant 6, Institutional Equity
906-487-3310
susulliv@mtu.edu

  • Coordinate trainings, reporting, and evaluations
  • Committee administration
  • Project Management