Meet the Staff

Valarie StanleySenior Director (she/her)

Valarie Stanley is the Senior Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Accessibility and the Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty and Staff at Yale.  In addition to these roles, she is also the university’s ADA Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, and Age Discrimination Coordinator. Valarie currently serves on the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility Resources, the Title IX Steering Committee, the Yale University Campus Resource Team (Yale CRT). She also serves on the Yale Veterans Network Steering Committee, the Yale Latino Network Steering Committee, and the DiversAbility at Yale Steering Committee.  Valarie is also a primary resource for students who have concerns about any kind of discrimination and/or harassment.

Currently she is President of the Board of Directors of the Josephine Jarvis Gray Senior Housing, Inc., Senior Warden and Chair of the Personnel Committee at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in New Haven. She is also active on a diocesan level having served or currently serving in several different leadership roles. She is a licensed Provisional Worship Leader in the Episcopal Church of Connecticut. She is Vice Chair of the of the Governance Board of National Higher Education Recruitment Consortium and Chairs the Executive Committee of the Metro New York Southern Connecticut Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. Valarie is a member of Tau Pi Phi National Honor Society in Accounting, Business and Economics and is a graduate of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven.  Valarie lives in New Haven, has an adult son and daughter, and has worked at Yale for forty-six years.

Diane Cornelius Charles, Associate Director (she/her)

Diane Cornelius Charles joined Yale University as the Associate Director for the Office of Institutional Equity and Accessibility in July 2021. In this role, Diane provides strategic leadership for case management and investigative activities, helps to ensure compliance with Yale’s anti-discrimination policies and procedures, and assists with the facilitation of the employee accommodation program.

Before joining Yale, Diane was the Director of Title IX Compliance, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Bridgeport. She served as Special Assistant to the President on Diversity and Inclusion and taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Bridgeport, Ernest C. Trefz School of Business. Before transitioning to higher education, Diane worked for twelve years as a Litigation Staff Attorney with an international law firm in New York City and in labor and employee relations in the private and public sectors.

Jamaal Thomas, Senior Equity and Accessibility Representative (he/him)

Jamaal Thomas joined the Office of Institutional Equity and Accessibility in April 2014. In his role, he addresses concerns of discrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment based on protected characteristics. Jamaal also manages an active caseload of Yale faculty, staff, and applicants who require an accommodation due to their medical condition or need to practice their religious beliefs. 

Prior to joining Yale, Jamaal was General Counsel for CASES, a non-profit located in New York City, and a non-profit development professional. 

Jamaal is active in civic efforts. He serves as the Chair of the Board of the Youth Justice Network in New York City and Co-Chair of the Board of Leila Day Nursery in New Haven. He also leads the Yale African American Affinity Group’s Men’s Health Initiative, which is focused on empowering people from the Black and Latinx communities in the Greater New Haven area with health education.

Jamaal has a bachelor’s in Political Science from SUNY Purchase and his juris doctorate is from St. John’s University.

Jonathan BaileyEquity and Accessibility Support Specialist (he/him)

Jonathan Bailey has been employed with the Office of Institutional Equity and Accessibility since 2015 and serves as the department’s Support Specialist. Jonathan is responsible for providing a wide range of technical and administrative supports for office staff, university employees, and students. Prior to his current role, Jonathan was employed as a Research Assistant at the Yale School of Public Health and is pursuing a degree in Social Work at Springfield College. Jonathan is also a professional photographer and maintains a commercial studio in New Haven, Connecticut.