Title IX and Gender Equality in Higher Education | Ashford University

[Ben] Hi, I’m Ben Gothia, and this is Promoting Awareness and Wellness in Students. Beginning in 1987, March has been designated as Women’s History Month, a time to honor the generations of women who have championed awareness and equality. This month we spoke with Christina Jaquez, Student Conduct Specialist and Deputy Title IX Compliance Specialist at Ashford University, and asked her about her experiences as a champion for gender equity in higher education. Welcome to PAWs. [Music] While at Ashford, Christina has worked to address issues of gender equity, discrimination, and violence. [Christina] As the Student Conduct and Deputy Title Specialist, I work with students who have been affected by sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence. Just some background, Title IX is a landmark federal civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Title IX is not just simply about sports; it’s a prohibition against sex-based discrimination in education. [Ben] Given her unique lens, Christina shares her thoughts about the intersection of Gender Equity and higher education. [Christina] It is important to recognize that gender equity does not just mean ensuring women have equal access to the same opportunities as men. Gender equity in higher education should be focused on emphasizing increased access and success for all individuals. It does encompass protecting students’ civil rights to be able to pursue their education without fear of sex-based discrimination or violence. I am passionate about this issue because I want there to be significant progress in this field when my daughter attends college someday. [Ben] Recognizing that community safety is a priority at Ashford, we asked Christina how each of us can support efforts to address gender-based discrimination and violence. [Christina] Gender equity and Title IX are high visibility issues and many wonder how they can get involved. To start, visit our Community Safety page on the Ashford website for more information and resources. Equity and Inclusion is a priority initiative for the University in 2016 so be on lookout for more updates about Title IX and gender equity to come! [Ben] As we celebrate the 2016 Women’s History Month theme, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government” we also want to take a moment to honor Bernice Sandler, the “Godmother of Title IX”, and Congresswoman Patsy Mink, who cosponsored this transformative piece of legislation. With that, we challenge each of you to consider the ways you can impact your community through promoting awareness and wellness. We’ll see you next month.

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