Title IX Gender Equity Issues Workshop Open to All Staff

The workshop is part of the day-long series of events entitled "Celebration of Forty Years of Title IX, “Gender Equity & Title IX: It Isn't Just About Sports.

Donna LopianoSSU President Ruben Armiñana has authorized all staff to attend during their work hours the “Gender Equity Issues Workshop” for faculty, staff, coaches and administrators from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in Schulz 3001. Refreshments will be served.

The President requests that campus offices not be left unattended.

The California Faculty Association Affirmative Action Committee has dedicated a day to this exploration of Title IX with workshops and lectures centered on the subject, featuring guest lecturer Dr. Donna Lopiano who will present “Gender Equity & Title IX: It Isn’t Just About Sports,” on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cooperage, followed by a post-lecture dialogue. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Lopiano is recognized as one of the foremost national experts on gender equity in sports and has testified about Title IX and gender equity before three Congressional committees, served as a consultant to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights Department of Health, Education and Welfare Title IX Task Force and as an expert witness in twenty-eight court cases.

A former Division I Athletic Director and accomplished athlete, Dr. Lopiano has served as a consultant to school districts, institutions of higher education and state education agencies on Title IX compliance and to non-profit organizations on governance and strategic planning.

Dr. Lopiano has recently received the prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President’s Gerald R. Ford Award for her decades of devotion to equality in college athletics. The award honors an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for intercollegiate athletics over the course of his or her career.

Although it is best known for breaking down barriers in sports for women and girls, it also protects students, faculty and staff from bullying, sexual harassment and unconscious gender bias; and opens the door for girls to pursue math and science.

As President Obama noted in a June 25,2012, Newsweek article acknowledging the 40th anniversary of the act, “Let’s not forget, Title IX isn’t just about sports.”

Suggested topics of discussion for the workshop include:

* Sexual harassment and sexual assault
* Gender Equity in athletics, recreation, and club sports
* Academic curriculum gender concerns including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
* Bullying, cyberbullying, physical/emotional abuse (predicates to harassment and climate of incivility)

There will also be an afternoon workshop for students and community from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Cooperage which is open to faculty and staff also.

For additional information about the workshops contact Margaret Anderson of the Hutchins Dialogue Center, manderson64@gmail.com.

To find out more about Title IX and SSU, please visit the Library’s “Virtual Resource Room” at http://libguides.sonoma.edu/titleix .