Monitor, evaluate, and review for relevancy, completeness, and implementation, policies,
processes, and procedures regarding equity and compliance and employment-related actions;
recommend changes as required.
Authorize waivers that meet a compelling interest or need of the University when filling
job vacancies and making multiple-year faculty appointments.
Meet Our Team
Precious holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management from the University of South Carolina
and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from North Carolina Central University School of Law where
she served as a Senior Editor of the Law Review. While attending law school, she participated
in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic where
she mediated domestic violence, child support, and criminal misdemeanor cases in District
Court. Precious was admitted to practice law in the state of North Carolina in 2010.
After obtaining her law license, she was an Adjunct Ethics Instructor for Virginia
College and worked as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina for almost
five years. During that time, she gained a lot of litigation experience in several
areas of law, primarily, domestic violence, sexual assault, and employment. Additionally,
she served on several boards and assisted with developing sexual assault and domestic
violence trainings for victims, community organizations, and employees of the police
In her current role as Director and Title IX Coordinator, she is the designated Chief
Compliance Officer for the University overseeing the University’s compliance and ethics
program. She is also in charge of coordinating the University’s efforts to adhere
to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), Titles VI and VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990. She also chairs the University’s Title IX and Diversity and Inclusion
Committees to ensure the University remains compliant. Additionally, she assists with
programming and trainings to promote education and awareness throughout the university
Precious is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional through the Society of
Corporate Compliance and Ethics. She has also received a certificate for completing
The National Association of College and University Attorneys’ Title IX Coordinator
Fun facts about Precious: She lived in Germany for three years and her favorite color is purple.
Director of Equity, Ethics & Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
Jessica holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Leadership and Organizational
Change from Regis College in Massachusetts as well as a J.D. from the University
of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Jessica worked
in higher education, serving as the Director of Student Leadership and Programming
at Regis. In that position, she oversaw the entire Student Affairs programming model
and student training efforts, including facilitating Undergraduate Orientation, and
training the Resident Assistants. Some of her favorite presentations covered topics
regarding race, bias, influence, and understanding privilege.
Jessica’s legal studies were dedicated to Labor and Employment law. Through her first
summer and second year of law school, she investigated claims of discrimination for
the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission. Jessica was the recipient of the
Florida NELA Fellowship between her second and third year of law school, where she
worked to help potential plaintiffs in their claims of workplace discrimination and
harassment on the east coast of Florida. Much of Jessica’s work focused on Title VII
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1973, and the Florida Civil Rights Act. Jessica
also took special interest in working with public employees in the state of Florida.
Jessica will continue to utilize this experience in her current role at FGCU. In her
current role, she assists the Director in Ethics, Equity, and Compliance based investigations.
Additionally, she will assist the Diversity and Inclusion manager to train the broader
campus community on Equal Opportunity as well as Diversity and Inclusion programs.
Jessica is a licensed attorney in the state of Florida, and is a Certified Compliance
and Ethics Professional through the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. She
has also received a certificate for completing The National Association of College
and University Attorneys’ Title IX Coordinator Training.
Fun facts about Jess: She loves standup comedy and terrible science fiction movies- the bigger the spider
or more mechanical the shark the better! She also loves her elderly dogs.
Assistant Director and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Emily holds a B.A. in History, B.A. in Literature and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining the OIEC, Emily worked in Student
Affairs for 7+ years. As a graduate student, Emily worked with living learning communities
and academic initiatives/faculty in residence in housing, national scholarship & fellowship
advising, and student-athlete academic advising. After graduate school, Emily worked
in residence life at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) where she
oversaw a new construction community,worked with RAs, and on-boarded a new residential
program for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.AfterUNCG,
Emily continued her work in residence life at Georgetown University in Washington,
D.C. working with upper class students, student staff training and development programs,
and collaborating with campus & community partners. At Georgetown, Emily became involved
in identity and inclusion work, which led her to the OIEC.
In the OIEC, Emily assists the Director with sexual assault, sexual harassment, and
discrimination investigations under Title IX, Title VII, and other State and Federal
civil rights laws. She also assists with presentations, trainings, and programs across
campus with the rest of the office.
Fun facts about Emily:She loves coffee and cheese (but not together), has gone to barre classes for 5+ years,
and has a rescue beagle, Molly.
Prior to joining OIEC, Waneka had over thirteen years of recruiting experience. Eight
of those years was here at FGCU in the Human Resources department. While serving as
a Recruiter, Waneka was instrumental in providing recruitment solutions, training
and consultation to the campus community.
Waneka’s experience working in Human Resources led her to The Office of Institutional
Equity and Compliance. In OIEC, Waneka is responsible for assisting with facilitating
the success of under-represented students and employees. She will also be responsible
for designing, planning, implementing workshops, training sessions, and activates
that provide learning opportunities to enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion within
the campus community.
Fun facts about Waneka: She was born in Jamaica but considers herself a Floridian. She enjoys watching movies
and tv shows (mostly action and bad syfi). She also like to try new foods. Her favors
are Asian, Latin, and Jamaican.
Keira holds a B.A. in Communication and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from
Florida Gulf Coast University. Keira has several years of experience in higher education
at FGCU. As a student, Keira worked as a resident assistant in North Lake Village
where she developed and facilitated cultural, social, and educational programs. She
counseled residents with academic and personal concerns and enforced housing community
standards. Keira was also an Orientation Leader and was responsible for introducing
incoming freshman to FGCU, as well as informing students about their academic requirements
and assisting with the registration process.
After graduation, Keira worked for the Office of Records and Registration, while pursuing
her master’s degree. Keira collaborated with different university departments to meet
federal and state guidelines for enrollment reporting and worked closely with students
to assist in processing all registration functions.
Prior to joining OIEC, Keira was a middle and elementary school teacher. While teaching,
Keira became an Instruction through Digital Innovation (IDI) teacher and led the way
in incorporating technology into classroom lessons. She used positive behavior support
to build a classroom community and provide a safe learning environment where all students
Keira’s experiences working in both K-12 and higher education led her to The Office
of Institutional Equity and Compliance. In the OIEC, Keira is responsible for planning,
developing, and implementing strategies for controlling risk exposure related to compliance
for the university. She analyzes current compliance legislation and regulations that
impact higher education and remains updated on relevant topics regarding compliance.
Fun facts about Keira: She has lived in Florida her whole life, enjoys trying new restaurants, and loves
romantic comedies – no matter how predictable. She also loves her two cats, Muffin