HR welcomes new staff

Author: Scott Palmer, Human Resources

Sarah Wake Sarah Wake

The Office of Human Resources recently welcomed two leaders into new roles. Sarah Wake, J.D., has joined the Notre Dame community as director of the Office of Institutional Equity, and Karrah Miller, J.D., will serve as Americans with Disabilities Act and Employment Compliance Manager. Both are committed to continuing the University’s tradition of providing an equitable work environment for all.

The mission of the Office of Institutional Equity is to ensure fair treatment and equal opportunity for all students, faculty, job applicants and staff.

“I’m excited to serve as a central resource at Notre Dame for all issues concerning equal treatment,” says Wake. After completing her undergraduate degree in political science and international studies at Loyola University Chicago, Wake graduated from Notre Dame’s Law School in 2007. She then practiced employment litigation in the New York and Chicago offices of McGuireWoods LLP.

Wake’s experience both in and out of the courtroom gives her a unique perspective into not only the potential consequences of unequal treatment in the workplace, but also how to stop that inequality from developing in the first place. That’s why one of the first items on Wake’s agenda is increasing campus awareness of the services her office provides.

To fulfill its mission, the Office of Institutional Equity provides consultation, training and resources to the University community on a variety of related topics—everything from equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity to the prevention of discrimination, harassment or retaliation.

Karrah Miller Karrah Miller

Wake’s goal is to see that complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation never happen—but if they do, her office is available to address them. “I can either help you, or show you where to go.”

The Office of Institutional Equity is located on the first floor of Grace Hall, and can be reached by calling 631-0444 or by emailing

Another key individual in the University’s efforts to safeguard workplace fairness is ADA and Employment Compliance Program Manager Karrah Miller. Miller, a Valparaiso University School of Law graduate, joined the University in November 2011 as a consultant for the Office of Institutional Equity, and transitioned into her current role within the Office of Human Resources in December 2012.

In her new role, Miller guides employees with disabilities through the process of finding reasonable accommodations and assists the Office of Institutional Equity with the creation of the University’s affirmative action reports. One goal of Miller’s office is to implement campus-wide training to improve the University’s culture of awareness regarding disabilities and accommodations.

Miller is located in the Office of Human Resources, second floor of Grace Hall, and can be reached by calling 631-4588 or by emailing

For more information, contact askHR at 631-5900.