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We are also available to meet on the Chicago campus by appointment, please call or email sexualmisconduct@northwestern.edu for more information.

Staff

Sarah K. Wake

Sarah K. Wake

Interim Associate Vice President, Equity

2-262 Crown, Evanston Campus | 1800 Sherman, Ste. 4-500, Evanston Campus
Phone: 847 467-0976
sarah.wake@northwestern.edu

Sarah K. Wake joined Northwestern University’s Office of General Counsel in 2017 and is currently Associate General Counsel and Interim Associate Vice President for Equity.  Prior to joining Northwestern, she worked at the University of Chicago as Associate Provost and Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs, Title IX Coordinator for the University, Section 504/Americans With Disabilities Act Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Officer.  In this role, Ms. Wake oversaw the University’s response to all reports of discrimination, harassment (including sexual misconduct), and retaliation for all students, faculty, and staff, designed and implemented training programs for the University community, and provided advice on employee relations issues including recruiting and retention efforts and accommodating individuals with disabilities.

Ms. Wake previously served as the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator at the University of Notre Dame.  At Notre Dame, Ms. Wake developed and implemented diversity and inclusion training for senior leaders, a leadership training program for faculty with supervisory roles, and affirmative action training for the University’s business units. 

Prior to joining Notre Dame, Ms. Wake was an attorney in the labor and employment group in the Chicago and New York offices of McGuireWoods LLP.  Ms. Wake also previously served as a law clerk for the United States Department of Justice and worked with survivors of sexual assault in the Victim Witness Assistance Program at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.  She has researched and written about sexual assault in the prison system, and regularly speaks on issues of discrimination and harassment.

Ms. Wake received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago, where she majored in Political Science and International Studies.  She received her law degree from the University of Notre Dame.  Ms. Wake is originally from Benton Harbor, Michigan. 

Colleen Johnston

Colleen Johnston

Director, Sexual Misconduct Response & Resources and Title IX Coordinator

Phone: (847) 491-3881
Email: colleen.johnston@northwestern.edu

Colleen Johnston joined the university in 2015 and serves as the Title IX Coordinator. Previously, Ms. Johnston worked in civil rights enforcement, investigating discrimination complaints for the City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations. Prior to moving to the Chicago area, she served as the Executive Director of the City of Cambridge’s Human Rights Commission. In addition to her legal experience, Ms. Johnston previously worked as a Quad Director at Brandeis University. Ms. Johnston received her law degree from Boston College Law School. She has a master’s degree in Gender/Cultural Studies from Simmons College and completed her undergraduate work at Brandeis University. In her previous role as Title IX Investigator, Ms. Johnston conducted investigations of complaints of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and dating and domestic violence.

Amanda DaSilva

Amanda DaSilva

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Phone: (847) 467-6571
Email: deputytitleixcoordinator@northwestern.edu

Amanda DaSilva joined the university in November 2016 as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students. Previously, Ms. DaSilva worked in student conduct and Title IX at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and National Louis University, where she coordinated institutional response, investigation and resolution of student complaints. Ms. DaSilva is excited to return to Northwestern, where she previously worked in residential services. She earned her law degree from Notre Dame Law School in 2009 and completed her undergraduate work in Criminal Justice and Sociology at LaSalle University. In her role as Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Ms. DaSilva assists students in understanding and accessing available resources, options and complaint resolution processes.

Ish Orkar

Ish Orkar

Equity Specialist

Phone: (847) 467-7634
Email: ish@northwestern.edu

 Ish Orkar joined the university in March 2018. Before joining Northwestern, Ish was a civil attorney for 8 years with experience in private practice, legal aid and small firm environments. Ish is also clinical social worker having spent a significant part of her career working as a crisis intervention specialist. Past experiences include working with students at The John Marshall Law School supervising special projects, as well as coordinating Title IX, VAWA and ADA/504 compliance for the law school. Ish received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan, and her legal education and master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Passionate about equity in higher education, she has given trainings and presented on Title IX, due process and the student experience at colleges and universities throughout Cook County.

Kate Harrington-Rosen

Kate Harrington-Rosen

Equity Outreach and Education Specialist

Phone: (847) 467-7426
Email: kate@northwestern.edu

Kate Harrington-Rosen (she/her) comes to Northwestern after 9 years in social services, providing direct service to clients and facilitating community trainings about sexual assault, sex trafficking, crisis intervention, and LGBTQ cultural competency. As Equity Outreach and Education Specialist, Kate is responsible for developing and delivering training for students, faculty, and staff on Title IX policy and procedures, as well as tracking and assessing education and prevention efforts across campus.

Before joining Northwestern, Kate built and managed the TransWorks Employment Program at Chicago House and Social Service Agency. Under Kate's leadership, TransWorks provided free, comprehensive career coaching, job readiness workshops, and mentorship opportunities for over 400 trans and gender non-conforming adults in Chicago, as well as cultural competency trainings for local employers. Prior to her work with TransWorks, Kate provided crisis intervention and case management for sexually exploited youth, as well as youth and adult survivors of sexual assault in Portland, Oregon. In this role, Kate also collaborated with Portland Police Bureau and the FBI to train community leaders to identify and prevent sex trafficking.

Kate was named one of the Windy City Times' "30 Under 30" in 2016, and was honored by Loyola University as Field Supervisor of the Year for 2017. 

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