Staff Directory

The staff at OIE works to promote equal opportunity and campus diversity. The vice president and her staff lead initiatives to fulfill the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion for all members of the community, and to monitor compliance with University policies and federal, state and local laws concerning nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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Vice President & Administrative Support Staff | Harassment & Discrimination Prevention and Compliance | Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Communications

Vice President & Administrative Support

Kimberly Hewitt
Vice President for Institutional Equity & Chief Diversity Officer

Kimberly Hewitt Looking back and looking to the future.

Kimberly Hewitt was appointed Vice President for Institutional Equity and Chief Diversity Officer at Duke in August 2019 after serving as the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity at Johns Hopkins University where she led the University’s efforts to comply with equal opportunity laws including Title IX and oversaw ADA compliance function. She previously served as the Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) after serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Hewitt began her career in higher education as assistant dean for students and multicultural affairs at Hamline University School of Law. She also has 14 years of experience practicing law in the areas of employment, labor, and education law, having been a partner and chair of the Education Law Practice in the law firm Rider Bennett, as well as an in-house attorney for the Minneapolis Public Schools. Ms. Hewitt holds an A.B. from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Carla Peraza
Operations Manager & Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Equity

Carla Peraza joined the Office for Institutional Equity in December 2017. She manages the daily operations of the office and also serves as the executive assistant to the Vice President. She first arrived at Duke in early 2015 where she supported the COO and Associate VP at Duke Alumni Affairs. Prior to her work in higher education, she ran daily operations for several mental health facilities. She began her career as a mental health therapist, working with families and individuals around illness management and substance abuse recovery. She holds a master’s degree in mental health and maintains her therapy license in NC so she can use her skills in a community-volunteer capacity.

Megan Peterson
Program Coordinator

Megan Peterson manages the coordination of activities and events for the Office for Institutional Equity including the annual Samuel DuBois Cook Society Awards Dinner, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration activities and events, and other departmental conferences, meetings, and programs. She also works closely with OIE's other areas.

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Harassment & Discrimination Prevention and Compliance

Cynthia Clinton
Assistant Vice President for Harassment & Discrimination Prevention and Compliance
Title IX Coordinator

Cynthia Clinton is the Assistant Vice President of Harassment & Discrimination Prevention and Compliance, and Acting Title IX Coordinator. She leads and implements strategic compliance initiatives, training, complaint handling and other efforts related to the Duke Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct and the Duke Policy on Consensual Romantic or Sexual Relationships. Ms. Clinton provides education and training related to the policies and harassment and discrimination response training to staff, faculty and students. She also provides education around issues of diversity and inclusion. Additional services and areas of expertise include consulting with senior administrators, chairs, managers and supervisors on issues of possible harassment and discrimination, as well as promising practices designed to minimize the likelihood of such conduct. Ms. Clinton has worked in the area of higher education employment discrimination and compliance for over twenty-five years. She holds a B.A. from Spelman College and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

Ashley Edwards-Davis
Equal Opportunity Compliance Investigator

Ashley Edwards-Davis joined Duke in June 2020 and serves as an equal opportunity compliance investigator. As a compliance investigator, she investigates student sexual misconduct and complaints of discrimination, harassment, and related misconduct filed by students, faculty, and staff. She also conducts compliance training and provides consultation services to managers and human resources staff. Prior to coming to Duke, Mrs. Edwards-Davis served as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina in the Winston-Salem Office and Durham/Henderson Office. While at Legal Aid of North Carolina, she focused her advocacy towards the rural counties in her service area. Ashley began her career as an Associate Attorney with Richardson Law Firm, PLLC in Durham, North Carolina. In 2012, Ashley earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. In 2016, Ashley earned her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law and admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in May 2017.

Lonnie Hinton
Equal Opportunity Compliance Investigator

Lonnie Hinton joined Duke’s Office for Institutional Equity in October 2016 where he serves as an equal opportunity compliance investigator. As a compliance investigator, he investigates student sexual misconduct and complaints of discrimination, harassment, and related misconduct filed by students, faculty, and staff. He also conducts compliance training and provides consultation services to managers and human resources staff. Prior to Duke, Mr. Hinton served 25 years in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and retired as Deputy Chief of Detectives. During his tenure there, Mr. Hinton worked in, and later supervised, several of the office’s major crimes units responsible for investigating homicides, sex crimes, and police misconduct. After retiring from the Prosecutor’s Office in 2014, Mr. Hinton worked as an attorney for Legal Services of New Jersey and as a Title IX Investigator for Princeton University. Mr. Hinton holds a J.D. from Seton Hall University as well as a MAS and Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Administration from Fairleigh Dickenson University.

Ericka Lewis
Equal Opportunity Compliance Investigator
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students

Ericka Lewis joined Duke’s Office for Institutional Equity in October 2016 where she serves as an equal opportunity compliance investigator, and Interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students. As a compliance investigator, she investigates student sexual misconduct and complaints of discrimination, harassment, and related misconduct filed by students, faculty, and staff. She also conducts compliance training and provides consultation services to managers and human resource staff. Prior to coming to Duke, Ms. Lewis served as a Title IX investigator at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after investigating discrimination and harassment complaints and drafting administrative decisions for federal agencies. She began her career as a staff attorney for a labor union where she practiced labor and employment law for seven years. She also conducted mediations for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York District Office. Ms. Lewis holds a B.A. in Political Science from The State University of New York at Stony Brook and a J.D. cum laude from Michigan State University.

James Mason
Equal Opportunity Compliance Investigator

James Mason Joined Duke in May 2020 and serves as an equal opportunity compliance investigator. As a compliance investigator, he investigates student sexual misconduct and complaints of discrimination, harassment, and related misconduct filed by students, faculty, and staff. He also conducts compliance training and provides consultation services to managers and human resources staff. Prior to coming to Duke, Mr. Mason served as a Title IX investigator at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and also at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Mason began his career as a Trial Associate at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, MN. James has a B.S., magna cum laude, in Communication from Drexel University and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law.

Nikki Stovall
Manager, Intake and Assessment

Nikki Stovall began her career in higher education in the field of accessibility. Over the past 10 years, Nikki has served in multiple roles including learning specialist, case manager, and assistive technologist. Nikki has dedicated her career to facilitating access and equity for individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. Nikki holds a B.S. in Sport Management and a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Liberty University.

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Affirmative Action Programs, Inclusive Hiring & Promotion Practices and Data Gathering

Sophia Brelvi
Director of Affirmative Action and Compliance Programs

Joining the Duke University community as the Director of Affirmative Action and Compliance Programs, Sophia Brelvi has an extensive background in law and a passion for social justice. Graduating with Honors in International Business and Political Science, Sophia matriculated through law school focusing on non-profit and regulatory law. Prior to transitioning into the Higher Education sector, Sophia worked as an asylum attorney and found her passion for compliance during her tenure as the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Fundación Rahab, an international NGO advocating for survivors of human trafficking. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Office of the General Counsel as the Director of Title IX, Ethics, and Compliance at Morehouse College. Sophia then transitioned to Dartmouth College as the Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Sophia earned her BSBA in International Business and BS in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as her Masters of Jurisprudence in Legal Doctrine and Analysis & Juris Doctorate degrees from Michigan State University College of Law.

Grant Scoggins
Equal Employment Opportunity Analyst

Grant Scoggins joined the Office for Institutional Equity in 2017 as an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Analyst. In that role, he is responsible for compiling, conditioning, and analyzing data that is necessary for Duke’s compliance as a federal contractor. This process includes submitting federal reports, conducting utilization analysis, and creating data visualizations used in Duke’s Affirmative Action Plans. He also creates ad-hoc reports for Duke departments that are used in consultations or presentations given to search committees. He received a B. A. from North Carolina State University.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Leigh-Anne Royster
Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Leigh-Anne Royster is an educator, facilitator, and administrator focused on inclusion and equity development through policy, education and intervention. Dr. Royster comes to Duke from Elon University where she served in multiple roles including the Director of the Center for Equity and Inclusive Excellence and the Director of Health Services. Her work has largely focused on developing and facilitating educational opportunities around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion; climate assessment; and violence/bias prevention. She has also overseen response and compliance systems responding to violence, harassment, and bias. She has experience developing anti-bias and anti-oppression curriculum for students, staff and faculty and has spent years in faculty roles as well. Leigh-Anne has 25 years of experience working with violence response and prevention, and public health activities including time at UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute on Aging, Injury Prevention Research Center, and the North Carolina Institute of Public Health. She also has experience working in the criminal justice system and the non-profit sector. Dr. Royster holds a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill, an MPA from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. from UNC Greensboro.

Robert Crouch
Director for Diversity and Inclusion

Robert (Bob) Crouch brings over 25 years of experience in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) consultation, training, education, and coaching in leadership, management, and other positions for the Duke and Duke Health community. He develops strategies and goals that align and strengthen Duke's overall vision for DEI. Prior to Duke, Dr. Crouch worked for more than 16 years training staff and writing curriculum through the staff development office at the North Carolina Justice Academy, North Carolina Department of Correction, currently under the Department of Public Safety. He also served as an Adjunct Professor for North Carolina Central University and Mount Olive University where he taught criminal justice and management courses. Dr. Crouch holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fayetteville State University, a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University, and a Doctorate in Education from Gardner Webb University, as well as graduate work in Public Policy at North Carolina State University.

Pam Bivens
Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion

Pamela Bivens has served as the lead Diversity Educator at Duke University Health System (DUHS) in the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) since June 2015. During her tenure, over 6,500 clinical and administrative health professionals have gained competency on how implicit bias counterproductively impacts culturally competent care, patient safety and patient-centered care. During her prior service at the DUHS Patient Safety Office & Research and Training Center, Pam served as Administrative Coordinator/Center Administrator for the Team Resource Center of Excellence to manage training for the U.S. Department of Defense, Patient Safety Office, on the Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS™) training curriculum. She also has research experience that was dedicated to the elimination of health disparities while serving as Associate Director for Health Policy & State Government Relations at the National Medical Association (NMA), in Maryland. She served as Assistant Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. She received a B.A. at Hampton University and a M.A. from the George Washington University.

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Communications

Maria Moreno
Program Coordinator for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Maria Moreno joined Duke's Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) in July 2019 and serves as OIE's webmaster and communications specialist. She collaborates with each area of OIE to design and manage communication efforts and strategy to distribute key messages to the Duke University and Duke Health community. She also manages various communications platforms to ensure a consistency and freshness of style throughout. Prior to joining Duke, she served for 11 years as Program Coordinator for the Ph.D. Program in Chemistry at North Carolina State University, followed by three years as University Program Associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She began her career in higher education program management and communications at California State University, Los Angeles, from which she earned a Bachelor's in English. She is also fluent in Spanish.

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