Executive Director of Institutional Equity and Chief Diversity Officer
Pinar Ozgu joined The Graduate Center from the Office of Human Resources Management in the CUNY Central Office where she worked for the six years as the University director of human resources investigations and chief of staff to the vice chancellor of the Office of Human Resources Management. In addition, from August 2018 to April 2019, she managed the University’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity, which is charged with overseeing University’s various diversity and inclusion programs.
As the University director of human resources investigations, she was in charge of investigating complaints of discrimination, sexual misconduct, and other types of employment-related misconduct and ethical violation allegations. She regularly participated in the formation and implementation of University-wide initiatives, procedures, policies, and processes to ensure the University’s compliance with various legal requirements. She worked closely with the chief diversity officers and Title IX coordinators at the colleges, providing counseling and training to them. She was also part of University’s Employee Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Course (E-SPARC) creation and implementation team. In addition, she served as the University’s liaison to the New York state for the University’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program and responded to all the matters that arise from the implementation of this program by CUNY colleges and schools. As part of her role, she participated in the collective bargaining sessions held between the Professional Staff Congress union and the University.
In recognition of her increasingly diverse portfolio and accomplishments, she was selected to attend the CUNY executive leadership program, which was developed for CUNY executive managers regarded as highly effective and who are being prepared for greater leadership roles within the University.
Prior to joining CUNY, Ozgu worked as an assistant corporation counsel in the Labor and Employment Division of the New York City Law Department, where she represented city agencies in state and federal courts, administrative hearings, and arbitrations in employment matters. Prior to her legal career, she worked at Amnesty International’s Human Rights Education Program and Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia Division on a broad range of human rights issues.
She holds a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and an M.A. and a B.A. in International Relations from M.E.T.U. in Ankara, Turkey.