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Gia M. Adeen

Gia M. Adeen

Assistant Director, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) & Diversity 216.368.5371 (o) 216.368.8878 (f)

Gia Adeen serves as a trusted advisor to leadership, management and staff regarding extremely sensitive, complex and challenging workplace issues. She is responsible for EEO & Diversity initiatives and programs for the staff population of the University as well as contractors, visitors, alumni, patients, etc. Gia investigate complaints regarding allegations of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation and works to resolve concerns. In addition, she reviews and approves employee requests for reasonable accommodation.

In Gia’s role, she collaborates with Student Affairs and the Faculty Diversity Officer to investigate sexual misconduct (sexual assault and sexual harassment) cases involving students, staff, faculty and others. She coordinates efforts with Human Resources, the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of General Counsel to ensure equity for the University community.

In addition, she responsible for the implementation and delivery of EEO & diversity related development/training opportunities for departments, search committees, students, and staff.  Trainings include Unconscious Bias, Sexual Misconduct Prevention, Fair Hiring for Hiring Managers, Equity & Inclusion in the Global Workplace and other diversity and equal employment opportunity related sessions. She facilitates weekly new employee orientation sessions covering the Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity module. She is a certified Civil Treatment for Managers, Civil Treatment for Employees & ValuEthics Trainer (2005).
Gia serves on various university committees including the Diversity Leadership Council, President's Advisory Council on Women, Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Education Committee and the LGBT Committee.

Gia has worked in higher education for 14 years and served as an Investigator with the State of Ohio, Civil Rights Commission for 10 years, 8 of those years as a senior level investigator.
Gia has presented to several audiences including the Cleveland Federal Government Executive Board Diversity & Inclusion Committee; the State of Ohio, Department of Administrative Services Equal Opportunity Division Academy of Civil Rights, and the Cleveland Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).