Office for Equity & Inclusion

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Mission

To foster an environment at Niagara University where teaching and learning occur in a respectful, welcoming community. 

To ensure that issues of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct are addressed in a timely and effective manner that does not tolerate retaliation.

To assist the University in its commitment to foster and sustain a working and learning environment where each member of the community can succeed.

Office for Equity & Inclusion

Ryan Thompson, Esq.

Ryan Thompson, Esq.

Director, Title IX Coordinator & Civil Rights Officer

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

Ryan Thompson (rthompson@niagara.edu) began his career in investigations while in college working for 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 outside of Boston, MA. 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, operating on both sides of the law at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and at Brooklyn Law School’s innocence project. Working as a litigator at a 5th Avenue law firm in Manhattan, Thompson returned to journalism in 2007. He became the longtime legal editor of the historic Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, covering countless amounts 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).

Megan Altman-Cosgrove

Megan Altman-Cosgrove

AD of the Office for Equity & Inclusion, Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Phone:
716.286.8314
Office Location:
O'Shea Hall B27, PO Box 2034, Niagara University, NY 14109

Megan Altman-Cosgrove (mcosgrove@niagara.edu) is the Assistant Director for the Office for Equity & Inclusion/ Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Prior to joining the staff at NU, Megan served as the Assistant Director of Residence Life/ Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Daemen College in Amherst, NY. She obtained her bachelor's in Art Education (K-12) and master's in Leadership and Innovation from Daemen College. She brings extensive experience in Title IX work, investigation processes, adjudication, social justice practices, conflict resolution and training expertise. 

Kerri Winston

Kerri Winston

Victim's Advocate

Phone:
716.286.8734

Kerri Winston (kwinston@niagara.edu) serves as a Residence Director in the Office of Residence Life. However, in her Victim’s Advocate role for the OEI, all meetings with Winston are confidential, and issues related to Residence Life are to be disregarded for purposes of counseling and advocacy services. For this privilege, please contact Kerri directly to schedule a meeting with her in her role as an advocate.

Brandi Parker

Executive Assistant

Phone:
716.286.8423
Office Location:
O'Shea Hall B27, PO Box 2034, Niagara University, NY 14109

Brandi Parker (bparker@niagara.edu) serves as the Executive Assistant for Institutional Research, General Counsel, Title IX Coordinator and Office for Equity & Inclusion. Prior to joining the staff at NU, Brandi was a Niagara student who obtained her bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice and master’s in Criminal Justice Administration. She has an extensive professional background in civil litigation and insurance.

Title IX and Civil Rights Investigators

Tanyetta Carter, Ph.D., Ed.M., LMSW

Tanyetta Carter, Ph.D., Ed.M., LMSW

Social Work Faculty Fellow & Field Practicum Coordinator

Phone:
716-286-8519
Katie DeCecco

Katie DeCecco

Assistant Director of International Student Services

Phone:
716.286.8360
Kim Fenton

Kim Fenton

Director of Residence Life

Phone:
716-286-8566
Dr. Diane Halm

Dr. Diane Halm

Faculty Fellow, English

Phone:
716.286.8455
Derek Puff

Derek Puff

Director of Recreation, Intramural, & Club Sports

Phone:
716-286-8055
John P.  Sauter, Ph.D.

John P. Sauter, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Phone:
716-286-8062
Shannon Stott

Shannon Stott

HRIS Specialist, Human Resources

Phone:
716.286.8692