Becki Fogerty -

Hi, I’m the head of the office and have been at UD since July 2007. I came to UD as the manager and program head of the Office of Women’s Affairs (OWA). Since you’ve probably read about OEI’s history, you know that OWA merged with the Office of Affirmative Action in 2009 to become the Office of Equity and Inclusion that you see today. A lot of my work involves UD's compliance in the areas of affirmative action, discrimination and harassment, providing victim advocacy and support for employees and students with discrimination/harassment concerns, and working with President Harker’s Diversity and Equity Commission.

I have a master’s degree in Applied Sociology with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Old Dominion University in Virginia. I received my bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Elon College, located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. I have also completed coursework in Higher Education Administration at the George Washington University and courses in Organizational Effectiveness, Development and Change at UD’s Lerner College of Business and Economics.

Prior to coming to UD, I worked at a women’s history museum (Sewell-Belmont House and Museum) in Washington, DC and at the Women’s Center at Old Dominion University. I have taught classes at UD, ODU, and Thomas Nelson Community College, and worked for and volunteered with several non-profits. I am currently involved with UD’s Sexual Offense Support (SOS), as a victim advocate, and Planned Parenthood of Delaware, as an escort and in outreach. In my spare time, you will find me behind the screen of my Nook Color, on the soccer field as a winded midfielder, or shopping for great shoe deals to add to my extensive collection.

  • 3 Words that Becki’s friends would use to describe her: Calm, Loyal, Honest
  • Dream Job as a Child: Architect
  • Next Travel / Vacation Destination: Bermuda, Ireland, Hawaii (not on the same trip!)
  • Favorite TV Show: Once Upon A Time
  • Favorite Quote to Live By: Be the change you wish to see in the world        
  • Nicknames: Becks, Beckles, Beckers               
  • Last Book Read: This will be outdated every 3 days...       
  • Most desired Super Power: Stop time and rewind things

Paul Hengesteg -

I have been at UD since the fall of 2010, after having (happily) moved here from Washington, DC, to fill the position with the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Prior to living and working in the nation’s capital, I lived in Indianapolis for seven years.

Professionally, I have kept myself busy as the Company Manager for two regional professional theatres, the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. I’ve also worked as the Conference Manager for the New Harmony Project and the Waldo M. & Grace C. Bonderman Playwriting for Youth Symposium; both are script development workshops. While in DC, I shifted my career a bit and took a position at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. At the NGLCC, I worked on managing their programs and events (national conference, gala, etc.) and worked with their multiple affiliate chambers nationwide. Now that I’m at UD, I manage OEI’s various programs and trainings, from the LGBT Allies program to coordinating a bus trip to view cultural exhibits. On any given day, I am busy interfacing with people and departments across campus, including academic units, students, professionals, catering, professors and more to ensure that our campus is welcoming and inclusive for all. I serve on the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee (SAPE), am an Employee Advocate for employees who need assistance in the workplace, and am a trained Victim Advocate for UD’s Sexual Offense Support (SOS).

Since Iowa is home, I also attended college in Iowa. I received my BA degree with double majors in Theatre Arts and German from Simpson College.  Simpson remains a very important part of my life. I have been elected to the Alumni Association Board of Directors for the College, and serve as the Chair of the Professional Support Committee. While in college, I studied abroad in Schorndorf, Germany, and was very active with the Theatre Department.

  • 3 Words that Paul’s friends would describe him: Loyal, Poised, “The Real Deal”
  • Favorite Food: Beef Stroganoff
  • Next Travel / Vacation Destination: Germany, Norway, Greece and Paris
  • Favorite TV Show: Criminal Minds and Flashpoint
  • Favorite Quote to Live By: "Not all things are of equal importance." --Passed on to me by Jane Robison from an NYC Stage Manager I never met       
  • Last Book Read: "How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theatre" by Marc Acito
  • Most desired Super Power: To Fly!

Emily Bonistall -

Hello!  I’m Emily and I’m the Graduate Assistant here in the Office of Equity and Inclusion.  I am a proud alumna of the University of Dayton (Go Dayton Flyers!) and am here at my second UD to pursue a PhD in Sociology.  My research, which focuses on gender, deviance, and victimization, is a key example of how I live my life with passionate purpose.  I believe it is my responsibility as a scholar to give voices to those who have been silenced, and to educate society on difficult topics such as rape, domestic violence, and prostitution. 

Passionate purpose is what led me to the Graduate Student Government, where I served two terms as President.  During my tenure, I focused on building community, programming, and advocating for graduate students.  It was through my involvement with the GSG that I met Becki and Paul, and saw the immense influence and importance of the Office of Equity and Inclusion.  Working in OEI will help me take the passionate purpose I have within my studies and translate it into prevention programming, education and outreach, and policy implications for our campus community. 

  • 3 Words that Emily’s friends would use to describe her: Outgoing, Passionate, Crafty
  • Favorite Food:  Anything with melted nacho cheese … and Diet Coke  
  • Dream Travel / Vacation Destination:  Anywhere that serves an umbrella in my drink!
  • Favorite TV Shows: Law and Order SVU; Suits
  • Favorite Quote to Live By:  Be where your feet are.        
  • Last Book Read: Something for my dissertation!         
  • Most desired Super Power: The ability to read people’s minds


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