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Student Affairs Human Resources

Our Mission

Student Affairs Human Resources (SAHR) advances the mission of the Division of Student Affairs by creating an environment that attracts, develops, and retains great people. SAHR delivers people focused services throughout the employee lifecycle with an emphasis on staff experience, staff development and operations. Serving as a strategic partner for managers and an advocate for staff, SAHR works to foster a healthy, functional, and sustainable organization.

SAHR activities include:  workforce planning, recruitment and onboarding support, organizational development, critical challenges consultation, employee relations, compensation analysis, and partnership with central HR.

The Division of Student Affairs has approximately 300 full time staff, and 625 temporary staff such as student workers, graduate students and faculty in residence.


Kendra Oyer (she/her)

Director of HR & Administration

Kendra Oyer joined Northwestern University in 2021. Kendra’s role involves partnering with staff across the division to foster inclusive and effective management practices. Before joining NU, Kendra oversaw all aspects of HR at a large youth development nonprofit in Chicago and, previously, she worked as an attorney.

Kendra received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a BA from Macalester College, and an HR certificate from DePaul University. Outside of work, Kendra reads novels, practices piano, and explores new hobbies, most recently stained glass.

Megan Hang (she/her)megan-hang-sahr-2023.jpg

Assistant Director of HR & Administration

Megan joined Northwestern University in 2021 and transitioned into a full-time role in 2022. Megan has experience managing human resources at various organizations, including a national custom apparel provider and large youth-serving organizations in Chicago, IL. In her role at NU, she creates HR processes and procedures to support Student Affairs staff with equitable and fiscally-responsible decision making.

Megan has a BBA from Eastern Michigan University. Outside of work, Megan enjoys cooking, crafting, volunteering as an ESL tutor, and karaoke.

Irene A. Armas (she/her/ella)

Program Assistant Student Affairs

Irene Armas joined Northwestern University Student Affairs i

n April 2012. For more than six years, Irene served as the Assistant to the Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff where she successfully supervised the Commencement Office, trained and on-boarded numerous student, temporary, and administrative staff including the Assistant to the Vice President, and supported various Residential and Division Resources initiatives.

In September 2018, Irene transitioned into her current Program Assistant role serving as key support for the Student Affairs Human Resources department. Irene’s additional responsibilities include: supporting the Staff Development Committees and supervising the Commencement Office. 

Shayna Thomason

shayna-thomason.jpgAssociate Director of Financial Administration

Shayna Thomason (She/her) first joined Northwestern’s Division of Student Affairs in 2010. Next, she worked for 10 years in other parts of the university, serving as Business Administrator for the Bienen School of Music and then as the Training Specialist for Human Resources. Shayna returned to Student Affairs in the fall of 2023 to serve as the Associate Director of Financial Administration. In this role, Shayna manages accounting-related and financial processes for the Division. She is also an active member of ANUW, the Association of Northwestern University Women, and serves on the Staff Social Committee.


Vadal Redmond

vadal-imx.jpgFinancial Assistant Business and Finance

Vadal Redmond began work at Northwestern University as a receptionist in the Athletics and Recreation department in September 1982. She was promoted to secretary for six of the twelve coaches the following year. She became administrative secretary to the Director of University Relations in July 1985.

In December 1994, Vadal was hired as the administrative assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs where she supported both the vice president and the budget administrator. She is currently the financial assistant in Student Affairs Business and Finance.


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How to Submit a Completed Central HR Form

After you have completed a form, including the appropriate departmental signatures, all forms need to be submitted to: SAHR and SABF staff will review the form for completeness, perform a budget check and request VPSA approval.