Office for Equity & Inclusion

The mission of the Office for Equity & Inclusion is to coordinate the university's commitment to a diverse, welcoming and respectful community, and to ensure legal compliance. 

Office for Equity & Inclusion

Ryan Thompson, Esq.

Ryan Thompson, Esq.

Title IX Coordinator, Associate Director for Equity & Inclusion

Phone:
716.286.8324
Office Location:
O'Shea Hall B27, PO Box 2034, Niagara University, NY 14109

Ryan Thompson began his career in investigations while in college working with the U.S. Marshal’s Service warrant squad. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999 with a degree in journalism, Thompson became the crime reporter for the Cambridge Chronicle newspaper. There, Thompson became heavily engaged in investigating and exposing the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) in the aftermath of a local boy’s abduction and murder. Thompson also received an award for his coverage of racial and ethnic issues from the New England Press Association.

In law school, Thompson continued to focus on criminal investigations, working on both sides of the law at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and at Brooklyn Law School’s innocence project. Employed briefly as a litigator at a 5th Avenue law firm, Thompson returned to journalism in 2007. He became the longtime legal editor of the historic Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, covering hundreds of murders, rapes, robberies, mafia and terrorism trials.

Thompson began his career at Niagara University as an adjunct writing professor, before becoming the assistant general counsel in 2014. Over the next three years, Thompson continued to teach over a dozen writing courses, while also co-founding the Niagara Law Center. In 2017, Thompson was named Title IX Coordinator and chosen to lead the university’s new Office for Equity & Inclusion (OEI).

He is certified as a Civil Rights Investigator from the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA), and has received lengthy training on trauma-informed investigations from the New York State Police, SUNY and Harvard psychologist Dr. Jim Hopper.

Deputy IX Coordinators

Dr. Henrik C. Borgstrom, Ph.D.

Dr. Henrik C. Borgstrom, Ph.D.

Associate Provost

Phone:
716.286.8214
Office Location:
Alumni Hall, First Floor, Room 8B
Averl Harbin

Averl Harbin

Director of Multicultural Affairs

Phone:
716.286.8406
Office Location:
Gallagher Center, Lower Level, Room 113
Susan M. Roarke

Susan M. Roarke

Assistant Athletic Director, Compliance Services

Phone:
716.286.8781
Office Location:
Gallagher Center, Upper Level, Room 201A

Title IX and Civil Rights Investigators

Tanyetta Carter, Ed.M., LMSW

Tanyetta Carter, Ed.M., LMSW

Social Work Faculty Fellow & Field Practicum Coordinator

Talia Harmon, Ph.D.

Talia Harmon, Ph.D.

Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice

John P.  Sauter, Ph.D.

John P. Sauter, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

John K. Spanbauer

John K. Spanbauer

Former Director of Kiernan Center

Derick J. Thornton

Derick J. Thornton

Assistant Athletic Director of Communications and Special Events

Sylvia Valentin, Ph.D.

Sylvia Valentin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education