Office of Institutional Safety and Equity

We are dedicated to creating safe spaces for members of the PAFA community through security, health, wellness, and institutional equity. We strive to promote and foster an inclusive environment free from discrimination and harassment.  

We are responsible for:

  • Promoting PAFA’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Working with campus partners to foster a respectful environment.
  • Leading PAFA’s COVID-19 response and safety processes.
  • Victim advocacy and support.
  • Title IX education.
  • Overseeing compliance with federal and state laws.
  • Recommending, writing, and interpreting institutional policies.

To that end, we continue to do the work needed and make changes where necessary to meet the needs of our PAFA community. From conducting campus climate checks such as the Belonging: PAFA Becomes a Pluralistic Community to creating safe and secure incident reporting methods, we want to ensure that our community can speak up, and speak out when needed, and that feedback is heard by leadership at all levels.

Members of the Office of Institutional Safety and Equity

  • Lisa Biagas, EdD – Senior Vice President of Human Resources,, ext 2038
  • Jimmie Greeno – Vice President of Security and Safety & Pandemic Safety Officer,, ext 2067
  • Ronke Oke, PhD – Director of Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion & Title IX Coordinator,, ext 2047
  • Carissa Patts – Human Resources Administrator,, ext 2020

To: Report bias

To: Schedule an appointment

For students: To contact Student Care Coordinator for mental and emotional well-being

For employees: To contact employee assistance for confidential resources

The cover of this report, by Willie Birch, was selected from the PAFA Museum collection by BELONGING in the fall semester of 2019. Birch is an African-American artist who conceptualizes people not as monotypes but holistically. His piece visually represents our shared future and vision for PAFA and our nation. We strive to create a proverbial table as a safe space where people gather with the confidence that they can express themselves authentically. This is what it means to feel that you belong, are welcomed, and are a contributing member of a pluralistic community.