Director of Equity Response and Education,
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Sarah serves as Director of Equity Response and Education and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. In that role, Sarah manages OIE’s response to complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and related interpersonal violence involving University employees at the Storrs, Regional and UConn Health campuses, and guides the investigative staff in managing all aspects of case investigation and the production of investigative reports. In addition, Sarah trains members of the University community on policies and procedures related to preventing and responding to reports of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and sexual violence.
Sarah joined OIE in 2014 and previously served as an EEO Investigator and as Associate Director of Investigations before stepping into the role of Director of investigations and Deputy Title IX Coordinator in January 2017. From August 2020 to August 2021, Sarah served as OIE’s Interim Associate Vice President and as UConn’s Interim Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator. In this role, Sarah was responsible for overseeing each of OIE’s areas of focus, including discrimination case management, campus-wide trainings for diversity awareness and sexual harassment prevention, search and hiring affirmative action and equal employment opportunity compliance, coordinating the University's response to reports of sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, and working collaboratively with on and off-campus partners on various diversity and harassment prevention initiatives.
Prior to joining the University, Sarah worked as an attorney for an employment law firm in Simsbury, CT representing both management and employees. In that position, Sarah handled cases involving all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unpaid wage claims, employment agreement negotiations and disputes, and unemployment compensation matters. In this capacity, Sarah handled claims of sexual harassment, as well as claims of race, age, gender, disability, and national origin discrimination. She frequently appeared in administrative proceedings before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), the Connecticut Department of Labor, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. In addition to her litigation matters, Sarah drafted and revised employee handbooks and workplace policies and counseled both employers and employees as to disciplinary matters and processing of requests for reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.
Sarah is admitted to practice law in the State and Federal courts of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Sarah earned her law degree from Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Central Connecticut State University.