About the Office of Affirmative Action

The mission of the Office of Affirmative Action is carried out each day by dedicated staff members who are committed to inclusion and equity, as well as the University’s key values of learning, diversity, integrity, accountability, respect, and collaboration.

While the University of Missouri System (including UMKC) is currently operating remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Affirmative Action will continue to provide services via phone and Zoom video-conference: receiving reports, conducting investigations, and resolving complaints through use of administrative resolution or hearing.

Dr. Sybil Wyatt

Sybil (she/her/hers) is the Director of Affirmative Action and the University’s Title IX Coordinator. She supervises OAA and serves as the Equity Officer for a majority of our investigations. Dr. Wyatt also assists employees of the University with disability accommodations as the Employee ADA Coordinator.

KC Atchinson

KC (she/her/hers) is the Title IX Compliance Specialist and a Senior Investigator with OAA. She conducts intake meetings and investigates many of our formal complaints of sexual misconduct, and while KC’s focus is on Title IX, she also investigates issues of Equity as needed.

Lacie Fox

Lacie (she/her/hers) serves as an Investigator and Employee ADA Specialist with OAA. She conducts intake meetings and assists in investigating complaints of protected characteristic discrimination and harassment and sexual misconduct. Lacie also assists Dr.Wyatt in addressing disability accommodations requests from University employees.

Christi Roeder

Christi (she/her/hers) serves as OAA’s Equity Assistant. She manages the OAA database and tracks and compiles aggregate data for our annual reports. Christi also sends initial outreach from OAA following reports of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct; assists with scheduling; and provides resource referrals to individuals working with OAA.

Michael Garvin

Michael (he/him/his) is the Equity Specialist and a Senior Investigator with OAA. He conducts intake meetings and investigates many formal complaints of protected characteristic discrimination and harassment, and while Michael’s focus is on Equity at the University, he also investigates Title IX-related complaints as needed.

 

The OAA team also serves the University in the following ways: providing training on inclusiveness in hiring practices and monitoring such practices to ensure equal opportunity, coordinating the University’s annual Affirmative Action Plan, offering a conflict management program for students and employees, partnering to provide campus-wide training on such matters as disability accommodations for students and bystander intervention, and consulting on a wide array of matters involving our campus community.