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Kate NearpassInterim Title IX coordinator and Co-director, Office of Institutional Equity

Kate Nearpass


Rachel KoegelInterim Co-director, Office of Institutional Equity

Rachel Koegel


The Institutional Equity directors and Title IX Coordinator provide leadership within the Institution with respect to complaints of protected class discrimination and harassment. Responsibilities include the oversight and coordination of prompt, impartial and thorough investigation of allegations of protected class discrimination and harassment in violation of Upstate’s policies on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination, Harassment Prevention, and Title IX.

Phone: 315-464-9590
Email: [email protected]

Equity Assistant

Shelley Bellardini
Phone: 315-464-4392
Email: [email protected]

The Equity Assistant provides administrative support to the Institutional Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator along with the Complaint Investigator. Shelley is the first point of contact for individuals seeking assistance from the Office of Institutional Equity, including those with sensitive complaints.

Shelley began working in healthcare in 1987 at a local area hospital in the Ambulatory Medical Records Department and transitioned to the Patient Registration desk. In 1990 she began working at Syracuse Community Health Center in the Billing office. In 1993 Shelley began working for a local Orthopedic group, before joining Upstate in 2006 with the Department of Orthopedics. Beginning in January 2022, Shelley joined Upstate's Office of Institutional Equity.