Staff

Sheila Johnson-Willis

Interim Chief, Equal Opportunity & Title IX Officer

Sheila Johnson-Willis joined the University in 2012.  In her position, she provides guidance and support to University leadership on matters of equal opportunity, affirmative action and anti-discrimination and leads the University’s efforts in the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans for advancing diversity and inclusion. Johnson-Willis also provides advice, counseling, and conflict resolution services to employees in matters relating to a broad range of employment and employee relations issues; including, investigating complaints of discrimination and bias.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Johnson-Willis served as the director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and Title IX officer, at Colgate University; and as director for Affirmative Action compliance and Title IX coordinator at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN.

sjohnson@syr.edu
315-443-1520

 

Melanie Cuevas-Rodriguez

Equal Opportunity & Inclusion Analyst

Melanie has several responsibilities that support efforts to ensure that Syracuse University promotes a diverse and inclusive work and educational environment. These include investigating and coordinating responses to complaints of discrimination and harassment, assisting with employee relations issues, and ensuring compliance with Equal Opportunity policies, and federal, state and local regulations.

Melanie joined Syracuse University in 2005, first, as the Assistant Director of Career Services and then as the Associate Director of both Student Life and Career Services  at the College of Law where she counseled students and developed and implemented programs on diversity and inclusion.   Prior to joining the University, Melanie worked at the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society in Syracuse where she represented clients in various civil and quasi-criminal matters.

mcrodriguez@syr.edu
315-443-1627

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Aaron Hodukavich

Director, ADA/503/504 Coordinator

Aaron J. Hodukavich joined the University in 2015. In his role, he coordinates University compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities.

Aaron also leads campus initiatives in support of the University’s commitment to inclusion and moving beyond compliance toward seamless access. He is a member of the Council on Diversity and Inclusion and previously served on the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion.

Prior to arriving in Syracuse, Aaron directed the disability services office at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. 

ajhoduka@syr.edu
315-443-2377

 

Bernie Jacobson

Equal Opportunity and Title IX Investigator

Bernie has experience in all aspects of criminal/non-criminal, and workplace, investigations.

Prior to his time in higher education, Bernie was a uniformed attorney with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He prosecuted cases in military court-martials and U.S. District court as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.  Additionally, he was appointed as the Army’s Special Victims’ Counsel assisting, advising, and protecting the rights of victims of sexual assault.

bljacobs@syr.edu 
315-443-3271

                           

Christina Percoski

Training & Development Specialist

Christina has held several positions in the area of human resources since 1995. She began at Fiserv in 1998 as an HR Generalist and supervisor. She joined Syracuse University as the employment specialist on the Recruitment and Diversity team.

She has experience training large groups, small groups and individual employee training.

crpercos@syr.edu 
315-443-1890

 

Taylor Hamilton

Graduate Student Assistant

Taylor is a current graduate student in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Public Administration and International Relations.

Her academic and professional interests include social and economic policy, which brought her to work in the EOIRS office. Before joining the office in August 2016, Taylor worked to promote diversity and inclusion initiatives at the University of Kentucky (UK). She served in both the UK Office of Residence Life and the UK Student Activities Board for three years. 

Her current responsibilities include maintaining the presence of the office on social media and providing additional support to the staff.

thamil01@syr.edu 
315-443-4049