Susan L. Groff, Ed.D., Director and Title IX Coordinator

Sue has served the University since 1996, leading numerous initiatives in the department of Intercollegiate Athletics before being named Director, Institutional Equity and University Title IX Coordinator. Sue brings extensive knowledge of the University as well as past experience working in compliance issues for both Title IX and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

During her tenure she managed several areas, including, but not limited to, student-athlete welfare matters, facility and construction management, operations management including leading football game day operations, directing Colonial Athletic Association and NCAA championships, serving as senior women's administrator, and working with NCAA compliance. Sue's most recent accolade was directing a highly successful NCAA women's basketball tournament in 2013 and the NCAA men's lacrosse quarterfinals in 2014, for which she served as tournament director. She has also served on several conference committees and numerous NCAA committees, including the prestigious NCAA Legislative Committee.

Sue began her administrative career in athletics in 1991 as a graduate assistant at West Chester University. She came to UD after working two years as assistant director of athletics and head women's lacrosse coach at Drexel University.

Sue earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and finance from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. While at Longwood, she was a standout in lacrosse and field hockey and was recently inducted into Longwood's Hall of Fame for her performances in these sports. She received her master's degree in sports administration from West Chester University in 1993. She is a proud alumnus of the University of Delaware as she completed her doctoral education in higher education leadership in 2012.

She and her husband, Victor J. Costa, reside in Rock Hall, Maryland.

Tom Albert, Graduate Assistant

Tom is a graduate student in the Sociology department, with research interests surrounding issues of intersectionality, gender and sexuality. Prior to coming to UD, Tom received her bachelor's degree at the University of Denver; however, she has lived a fairly nomadic life. Tom was born in Israel and her family moved to California when she was 6. In addition to studying abroad for 7 months in Italy and England, Tom also spent 6 months in New York City after graduating from college. Now that her family is back in Israel, she considers many cities home.

Michelle Pergeorelis, Administrative Assistant

Michelle provides primary administrative and special project support for the OEI office as a whole. Michelle comes with experience from Cigna Insurance Company, meeting federal health care compliance and confidentiality issues. She also works with schools throughout Delaware providing chess education and tournaments as a means to strengthen math and STEM skills, increase study aptitude, and encourage gracious professionalism through teamwork.


As prepared by the Diversity and Equity Commission and The President's Diversity Initiative

The University of Delaware's educational mission is to prepare students to live in an increasingly interconnected and diverse world. To do so, we are committed to fostering a robust educational environment that supports critical thinking, free inquiry, and an understanding of diverse views and values. We see diversity as a core value and guiding principle for our educational mission and thus must work to make diversity an integral part of everyday life on campus. To this end, we take diversity to mean both the recognition and appreciation of the different backgrounds, values, and ideas of those who comprise our campus, as well as a commitment to ensuring that all people on our campus are treated according to principles of fairness, civility, dignity, and equity. We are committed to building an educational community that understands people from different backgrounds and economic circumstances, with different needs, and from diverse personal and philosophical beliefs. We want to make all people who are part of the University feel welcome and valued in campus life.