Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity provides:

Disability Awareness Training

Employee and Management Advice

Education and Training

Civil Rights Investigations

Reasonable Accommodation Assessments

Affirmative Action Planning

Religious Accommodation Assessments

Diversity Leadership

Title IX Coordinator

Director's Message

Our department looks forward to furthering collaborations within OHSU and in the greater community. We are honored to develop and lead initiatives to continuously improve OHSU's diverse work environment. We believe that training, education and sound advice from our department will benefit all who work at, study or treat at OHSU.

Contact AAEO at 503-494-5148, aaeo@ohsu.edu.

AAEO Director announcement and welcome to new investigators and trainer

In February, Laura Stadum, J.D., was promoted to Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) Department and Title IX Coordinator from her previous role as associate director of AAEO and Title IX Coordinator. Laura earned her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and her B.A. from the University of Denver. She is admitted to the Hawaii and Oregon State Bar Associations. After graduating from law school, Laura practiced employment and fair housing law in Honolulu, Hawaii. Laura has experience in corporate compliance and immediately prior to joining OHSU Laura worked in in the Title IX office of a small undergraduate college located in Georgia.  Laura's role includes projects ranging from improving campus climate to ensuring additional resources are in place for students, faculty and staff who are affected by sexual harassment, discrimination or violence.

In February the AAEO department welcomed Rafael Colín, J.D., as a new member of the AAEO department's investigation team. Rafael joins AAEO  from the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) where he worked in the Civil Rights Division as an investigator, in the Technical Assistance for Employers Program as a training and development specialist, and in the Prosecution unit as an administrative prosecutor. Before his important roles at BOLI, Rafael practiced law in Los Angelesand Newberg, Oregon. Originally from Southern California, Rafael graduated from Willamette University School of Law and has now made a home for himself as a civil rights investigator in the AAEO department at OHSU.

In March we welcomed another new member to the investigation team, Kate Leonard, J.D., Civil Rights Investigator and trainer. Prior to joining AAEO, Kate was the Title IX/ADA Coordinator at University of Washington (UW) from 2016-2018 as well as an investigation and resolution specialist with the University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office from 2013-2015. Prior to her roles at UW, Kate spent five years in the Torts Division of the Attorney General’s Office in Washington and six years in the Trial Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Originally from eastern Washington, Kate received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. She is thrilled to return to Portland and to join the team at the AAEO.


Title IX Notice of Non-Discrimination

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal aid. OHSU complies with Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 by prohibiting sex and gender discrimination in education programs, activities, employment, and admissions. Inquiries about Title IX compliance or sex/gender discrimination may be directed to the OHSU Title IX Coordinator: Laura Stadum, JD, staduml@ohsu.edu or titleix@ohsu.edu. Phone number 503-494-0258. Mailing address: OHSU, Mail code PP22C, 3310 SW Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239. Inquiries may also be directed to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 1-800-421-3481.