Title IX Advisory Group Members

Below you will find bios for the Advisory Group Members for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. Not all members are confidential resources, and those who are will be indicated by an asterisk. Ensure that the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and opinions of our community are welcome by way of the following membership:

Esha Syal

Student Representative from It’s on Us

Esha Syal serves as the chair of It’s On Us, which is a national sexual assault awareness campaign on campus.

Steve Romenesko

Assistant Director of Student Activities
P(507) 786-3999

Steve Romenesko (he/him/his) is the Assistant Director of Student Activities in his first year at St. Olaf. In his role, he works with SGA, student organizations, and whatever else decides to walk through the door! He also serves on the Week One committee to help plan the events students attend. Steve has been trained as a Restorative Justice facilitator and a Green Dot Certified Trainer. He has also participated in Mental Health First Aid courses and taken crisis response BEACON training from the HOPE center. He has utilized these skills in the past to train student populations on the impact of harm and power-based personal violence. He also has experience working with students in crisis from past work in Residential Life and serving on call for a college campus.

Elizabeth Leer

Student Life Committee Faculty Representative
P(507) 786-3245

Elizabeth serves as the Student Life Committee faculty representative to the Title IX Advisory Group. Elizabeth is an associate professor and chair of the Education Department. Her previous experience as a public school teacher led to her interests in feminist pedagogy and inclusive, multicultural, and gender-fair curriculum and instruction.

Rachael Sushner

Head Women’s Soccer Coach and Senior Woman Administrator
P(507) 786-3260

Rachael is the head women’s soccer coach and senior woman administrator (SWA) at St. Olaf. TheSWA is the highest-ranking female in each NCAA athletic department or member conference. The designation of SWA is intended to encourage and promote the involvement of female administrators in meaningful ways in the decision-making process in intercollegiate athletics. The designation is intended to enhance representation of female experience and perspective at the institutional, conference, and national levels, and support women’s interests.

Stellan Gray Quale

Co-coordinator of GLOW

Gray is a co-coordinator of the student organization Gay, Lesbian, Or Whatever (GLOW), which advocates for social and political equality for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and a multitude of other identities, and seeks to provide an affirming and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ students at St. Olaf.

Katherine Fick*

Associate College Pastor
P(507) 786-3287
Katie is an associate college pastor and has received training in pastoral care and counseling, as well as training related to being a confidential resource on campus. As part of the College Ministry Office, she meets with students on a variety of issues and has provided care for students going through Title IX processes at St. Olaf

Nina Hendel

SARN Co-chair
Nina serves as co-chair of St. Olaf’s Sexual Assault Resource Network (SARN). She is a Minnesota state certified victim advocate through the training offered by the HOPE Center in Faribault. SARN advocates are one of the confidential sources on campus whose mission it is to provide support and resources to members of the St. Olaf community affected by sexual assault and domestic violence.