In response to public health recommendations to promote social distancing, the Office for Institutional Equity has shifted primarily to remote business operations until further notice. We are available via email and you can also call 810-237-6517 and leave a voicemail message, which will be received as an email. Voicemail messages will be responded to during normal business hours. In the event you need immediate assistance, please contact DPS or calling 9-1-1. Please know that we strive to respond to all inquiries within 24 hours; however, at times, responses may be delayed.  

Our Team provides: 

  • Information, consultation, training and resources to the Campus community with regard to diversity, harassment and discrimination prevention, affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability matters;
  • Individual consultation with Campus community managers, supervisors, staff, faculty, students, and administrators;
  • Neutral investigation for all complaints of harassment and discrimination;
  • Support for the Campus’ compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, harassment and discrimination prevention, and compliance with all applicable State and Federal civil rights laws.

Additional Services:

  • Interpreting, communicating and applying the University’s policies and procedures
  • Resolving workplace challenges, and developing appropriate goals and objectives
  • Developing  strategies to create high-performing teams
  • Identifying training initiatives and
  • Addressing many other workplace needs including allegations of workplace harassment, or unfair treatment
Kirstie Stroble, Interim Director and Title IX Coordinator. Kirstie is smiling and wearing glasses. She is standing on the grass in front of a UM-Flint building. It is a beautiful summer day.

Kirstie Stroble, MA

Kirstie J. Stroble (she, her, hers) is the Interim Director and Title IX Coordinator of the Office for Institutional Equity. As the Director, Kirstie oversees, facilitates, and supports the University's efforts to ensure equal opportunity for all persons in employment and educational programs and activities. She is responsible for developing and implementing compliance programs and for responding to claims in relation to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Violence Against Women Act of 1994, Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and university regulations. Kirstie conducts investigations, facilitates trainings, and offers guidance to senior administration, staff, and faculty. She is a former civil rights investigator for the State of Michigan Department of Civil Rights and has conducted complex, high-profile investigations and reviews related to unlawful bias and protected class discrimination--offering guidance on matters related to equality and civil rights law compliance. Kirstie is a trained mediator in accordance with the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO). She holds a MA in Administrative Science and a BA in Sociology and Spanish. 

Contact Kirstie Stroble: 

FlintInstitutionalEquity@umich.edu | (810) 237-6517 | 234 University Pavilion, 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48502-1950

Karen is wearing a black long sleeve sweater and brightly smiling

Karen Riptoe, MA

Karen Riptoe (she, her, hers) is the Executive Secretary of the Office for Institutional Equity. Karen supports the University's efforts to ensure equal opportunity for all persons by providing high-level administrative support for institutional initiatives and complex concerns. She has over 20 years of administrative experience. Karen earned her MA in Applied Communication from the University of Michigan and her BAA, double majoring in Interpersonal and Public Communication and Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, from Central Michigan University.

Contact Karen Riptoe: 

FlintInstitutionalEquity@umich.edu | 234 University Pavilion, 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48502-1950