OEOD

OEOD Staff

Section 1

OEOD Director, Kirsten Quanbeck
Kirsten Quanbeck
Associate Chancellor, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Title IX / Sexual Harassment Officer

Kirsten Quanbeck is the Associate Chancellor — Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.  She reports directly to the Chancellor and is a member of the Chancellor's cabinet, where she provides advice to the Chancellor and coordination and liaison with other senior campus officials on matters of equal opportunity, affirmative action, discrimination, harassment and sexual violence, including policy, programs, personnel actions, community relations and state and federal laws and regulations. She serves as the university's Title IX /Sexual Harassment Officer, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator and Locally Designated Official (LDO) for whistleblower and whistleblower retaliation complaints. She provides leadership and management oversight of four units: The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the Public Records Office, the Office of the Whistleblower, and the Administrative Policies unit. Kirsten earned a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, a Master's degree in Education from Saint Louis University in Missouri and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Prior to joining UCI, she worked in the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy at the University of California, San Diego, and as a staff attorney at Michigan State University.

 

OEOD Senior Associate Director, Gwendolyn Black
Gwendolyn Kuhns Black
Senior Associate Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Gwen Black is the Senior Associate Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. She supervises the development of the annual affirmative action plan and oversees the affirmative action/diversity programs coordinated and offered by OEOD. She also oversees the administrative and business functions of the units that report to the Associate Chancellor. Gwen serves as a resource for UCI administrators, committees, and departments involved in addressing affirmative action, equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and diversity issues, and works to ensure that UCI faculty and staff employment policies and procedures comply with all relevant Federal, State, and University equal employment opportunity and affirmative action requirements. She also serves as the UCI AA/EEO representative to campus and systemwide work groups and committees. Gwen earned her B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and her certificate in Conflict Management and the Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution from UC Irvine. Prior to joining UCI, she worked in Institutional Research & Planning at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 


OEOD Assistant Director, Theresa Truman
Theresa Truman 
Assistant Director / Deputy Title IX Officer

Theresa Truman is the Assistant Director/Deputy Title IX Officer in the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity. Theresa is the lead campus resource for administrative investigations of sex offenses including sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Theresa supervises the formal investigations and informal resolution of complaints alleging discrimination, sexual harassment, sex offenses, and retaliation. She responds to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Theresa also conducts a variety of presentations and workshops on sexual harassment and sex offense prevention, nondiscrimination, cultural awareness, and bystander intervention for students, faculty, and staff. She earned her B.A. at the University of New Hampshire, where she double majored in Political Science and Women´s Studies. She holds a Master´s degree from Simmons College in Gender and Cultural Studies, and a Master of Dispute Resolution Degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Prior to joining UCI, she worked as a discrimination investigator for the State of New Hampshire.


OEOD office manager, May Wang
May Wang

Office Manager

May Wang is responsible for overseeing general office administrative operations for the units that report to the Associate Chancellor, including purchasing, onboarding, payroll, budgeting, and serving as fiscal officer. She joined the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity in June 2015. May came to UCI after 13 years of working in a private technology company located in the Irvine area. She received her B.A. in Brazil and has a diverse background in language, such as Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.

 



OEOD senior investigator, Raid Faraj

Raid Faraj
Senior Investigator / Diversity Educator

Raid (pronounced Rah-ed) Faraj is responsible for conducting formal investigations and informal resolution of complaints alleging discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sex offenses at the UC Irvine Medical Center and campus, and responds to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). He also conducts a variety of presentations and workshops on sexual harassment prevention, sex offenses, nondiscrimination, diversity, cultural awareness, and cross-cultural communication for students, faculty and staff. A graduate of Chapman University in Orange, California, he earned his B.A. in Peace Studies with a minor in Communications and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership. Additionally, he has a graduate certificate in Human Resources from Chapman University and a certificate in Mediation from the Orange County Human Relations Commission. Raid has many years of experience in the fields of peace-making and conflict resolution, cultural awareness, employment law, interfaith dialogue, and community and media relations.

OEOD senior investigator, Tierney Anderson
Tierney Anderson 
Senior Investigator

Tierney Anderson is responsible for conducting formal investigations and informal resolution of complaints alleging discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sex offenses at UCI, and responds to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). She also conducts workshops on the prevention of sexual harassment, sex offenses, and discrimination for faculty, staff, and students. Prior to joining OEOD, Tierney worked as a mediator in Washington, DC, specializing in juvenile diversion, victim offender mediation, and restorative justice programs. Tierney received her Bachelor's Degree in International Studies from UC Irvine and a Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. She has certificates in advanced mediation and victim offender mediation.


OEOD senior investigator, Gregory Timberlake
Gregory Timberlake 
Senior Investigator

Gregory Timberlake is responsible for conducting formal investigations and informal resolution of complaints alleging discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sex offenses at UCI and responds to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Gregory conducts workshops on the prevention of sexual harassment, sex offenses, and discrimination for faculty, staff, and students. Gregory is an experienced investigator with 20 years of investigative experience. Gregory worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as both a Special Agent and Supervisor in which he conducted a variety of investigations to include Drugs, Child Exploitation and National Security matters. Gregory received his Bachelor's Degree from Towson University where he double majored in Political Science and Economics.


OEOD senior investigator, Erik Pelowitz
Erik Pelowitz 
Senior Investigator

Erik Pelowitz is responsible for conducting formal investigations and informal resolution of complaints alleging discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sex offenses at UCI and responds to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Erik conducts workshops on the prevention of sexual harassment, sex offenses, and discrimination for faculty, staff, and students. Erik is a retired member of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations where he worked as a Special Agent in which he conducted investigations involving terrorism, crimes against property, violence against people, larceny, acquisition fraud, drug use and distribution, financial misdeeds, military desertion, and any other illegal activity that undermined the mission of the U.S. Air Force or the Department of Defense. Erik received his Bachelor's Degree from Bellevue University where he majored in Criminal Justice Administration.


OEOD data analyst, Jaqueline Eshraghi
Jacqueline Eshraghi 
Data Analyst 

Jackie Eshraghi joined the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity in late 1999. She updates all data and tables necessary for the Affirmative Action Plan and reviews academic search plans, ads and reports in UC Recruit for alignment with equal opportunity/affirmative action provisions of UCI recruitment policies and procedures. A long-term UCI employee, Jackie graduated from UCLA with a BA in German/French Language and Literature. 




OEOD case management coordinator, Charlene Mandau
Charlene Mandau 
Case Management Coordinator

Charlene Mandau is responsible for maintaining all information related to cases reviewed by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD). This includes the database case management system, files, and archiving. She compiles metrics on incidents reported to OEOD, works with outreach and education initiatives, coordinates the Case Management Team meetings, and responds to inquiries directed to the office. She is the liaison to her systemwide counterparts. Charlene spent the previous five years working on faculty councils with UC and UC Irvine policies in the Academic Senate. Before her time with the University, she worked in Affordable Housing, generating data related to properties in the Mid-Atlantic region, managing all corporate accounts, and working in Human Resources. Charlene received her Bachelor's Degree from Rutgers University where she double majored in Political Science and Art History. 


OEOD administrative assistant, Evelyn Anderson
Evelyn Anderson 
Administrative Assistant 

Evelyn Anderson is often the first-contact person for those doing business with the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity.  She is the OEOD administrative assistant who supports a variety of projects and connects those who seek the services of OEOD to the appropriate staff member.  Evelyn also uploads academic recruitments to the SoCalHERC.org website and processes financial transactions for the units reporting to the Associate Chancellor. Evelyn joined the office in November 2002.