portrait of Cheryl Wayne

Cheryl Wayne, M.Ed., JD

Title IX Investigator, DePaul University

Cheryl Y. Wayne is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master of Education Specializing in Counseling and Student Development. Cheryl was a student-athlete, received a 4-year basketball scholarship, and received her ROTC commission from Tuskegee University. Twenty-three years later she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force. During her time in the military, she received her JD from Howard University School of Law. In the Air Force, she had highly visible leadership positions such as Executive Officer, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity, Commander, and Inspector General. Since then, Cheryl has been the Director for Equal Employment for Kennesaw State University, and Regional Equal Employment Opportunity DoD- Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). Cheryl is the owner of CWayne & Associates doing contract EEO Investigation, Alternate Dispute Resolution, and Training for Federal Agencies. In addition to being an EEO Investigator, she is also a certified trained mediator.

Cheryl worked as the Title IX Investigator and Diversity Consultant in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity at DePaul University, where she investigated complex cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and sexual harassment for faculty, staff, and students. Cheryl conducted over 40 presentations on Sexual Harassment and Title IX, for new student orientation, new employee orientation, and the university community. Cheryl is a frequent speaker for Domestic Violence Workshops across the Chicagoland area.

Cheryl graduated from the Defense Equal Employment Opportunity Institute (DEOMI) and was selected to return as an Instructor teaching cultural competence and diversity in the workplace. As the Regional EEO Director for the DCAA, she conducted over 60 presentation on Workplace Misconduct and Investigations to mid-managers to senior leaders. While at Kennesaw State University, Cheryl was the Committee Chair for one of the primary components the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I certification self-study on Gender/Equity, and Student-Athlete Well-Being and that component was instrumental in Kennesaw State University receiving their full NCAA Division I certification