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Celebrating 40 Years of Title IX
Message from the Executive Director
Celebrating 40 Years of Title IX
Executive Director for Equity and Inclusion
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which is why we have selected it as the focus of the Office of Equity and Inclusion’s first status report on women’s advancement and gender equity. Title IX states
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. —20 USC § 1681
This landmark legislation has been influential in addressing sex-based discrimination in schools that receive federal funding to the benefit of all students and employees, and it has led to considerable advancements for girls and women. This report both recognizes the tremendous progress and acknowledges some of the challenges to equality in education that persist in six areas impacted by Title IX: athletics; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); pregnant and parenting students and employees; bullying, sexual harassment, and sexual violence; and advancement into all types of leadership.
As Oregon State University’s Title IX Coordinator, it is my responsibility to engage in the development, implementation, and monitoring of meaningful efforts to promote equal opportunity in education and employment. My staff and I work to ensure that members of our university community are able to achieve their maximum potential without barriers on the basis of their sex. While the data and examples in this report point to progress, we must continue to work to fully realize the goal of equity in education. Please join me both in celebrating 40 years of expanding opportunities and in committing to diligence in our efforts for continued success.
Honoring Oregon State University Women
Leadership takes many forms and plays a vital role in creating a more inclusive environment that supports all individuals at Oregon State. Here are a few examples of leaders at Oregon State who are influencing and empowering others by their ingenuity, innovations, and enthusiasm.
- Allison Davis White-Eyes is Director of Intercultural Student Services, Coordinator of American Indian Initiatives and teaches in various departments. She has co-organized along with Humboldt Universität zu Berlin cross-cultural dialogic educational experiences for students and faculty;
- Brenda McCombs is former Head of the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society and current Dean of the Graduate School, committed to the success and welfare of graduate students and their advisers;
- Ilene Kleinsorge is Sara Hart Kimball Dean of the College of Business at Oregon State, executive dean for the division of business and engineering, technical advisor for the Governor’s Oregon Innovation Council, a member of the Executive Commercialization Advisory Council for OSU, and past president of the Western Association of Schools of Business;
- Janet Nishihara is Director of the Educational Opportunities Program and teaches in Ethnic Studies and with the September Scholars Bridge Program. Her work supports undergraduate students from groups that have been underserved in higher education and graduate students in the College Student Services Administration program;
- Susana Rivera-Mills is Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Interim Director of the Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement, and Professor of Spanish Linguistics. She is committed to expanding Latino research and outreach to advance knowledge and understanding of Latino contributions and issues surrounding the Latino population in the U.S.;
- Tammy Bray is Executive Dean of the Division of Health Sciences, Dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and professor of Nutrition. Tammy has received numerous awards and honors recognizing her visionary leadership, her pioneering research linking antioxidants, diet and health, and her teaching and mentoring excellence;
- Kate Hunter-Zaworski is Director of the National Center for Accessible Transportation, Past Faculty Senate President and Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering. She conducts human centered research related to accessible public transportation systems;
- Sandra Woods is Dean of the College of Engineering and an advocate for women pursuing engineering as a career.