Tamiko Strickman named AVP for institutional equity


Tamiko Strickman, a Title IX professional with more than a decade of experience with sexual misconduct matters, has been appointed to serve as associate vice president for institutional equity, leading the University of Michigan’s Office for Institutional Equity.

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Tamiko Strickman

Strickman currently serves as associate to the chancellor for institutional equity and compliance, as well as Title IX coordinator, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Her appointment, effective Jan. 6, 2020, is authorized by President Mark Schlissel on the recommendation of Acting Provost Amy Dittmar, following a national search conducted by a search advisory committee. The appointment will be reported to the Board of Regents at its February meeting.

“Tami brings deep knowledge with her experience in handling highly sensitive matters, while having a strong understanding in working in an inclusive work environment,” Dittmar said.

“I have great confidence in her ability to build on the Office for Institutional Equity’s excellence, with her commitment to operating with a broad and diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.”

Strickman will lead the OIE team and take responsibility for providing leadership and direction in support of diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment and cultural understanding and competency. She also will oversee compliance with affirmative action, equal opportunity, civil rights, and higher education laws and other federal and state laws.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to join the University of Michigan and expand upon its legacy as a national leader for diversity and equal opportunity practices,” Strickman said. “I look forward to working with the entire campus community as we move forward, building momentum toward greater inclusiveness.”

During the summer, U-M made changes to its Office for Institutional Equity that included providing additional resources and staffing, and having the office report directly to Provost Martin Philbert. Prior to May 1, OIE reported jointly to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and to University Human Resources.

The OIE director role also was separated from the Title IX coordinator, and Elizabeth Seney will continue to serve as Title IX coordinator for U-M.

In her previous role at the University of Nebraska, Strickman was responsible for all matters involving allegations of discrimination under Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.

She expanded the University of Nebraska’s Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance with additional staff, including investigators, an affirmative action-equal employment opportunity officer, Americans with Disabilities Act officers, and an education and outreach coordinator.

She also served on committees including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s diversity committee, the compliance committee for the University of Nebraska system, and faculty committees.

In 2016, Strickman founded an alliance of Title IX administrators within the Big Ten Conference where they discuss issues, practices and policies related to Title IX.

Prior to working at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Strickman worked as a prosecutor in Chicago for 14 years, where she handled matters in the divisions of sex crimes and domestic violence, felony trial, juvenile justice, felony review and traffic.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Miami University in Ohio in 1995, and a law degree from Villanova University in 2000.


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