Deliver New Title IX Resources to Your Local Schools
Every school should have at least one employee who is responsible for coordinating the school’s compliance with Title IX. This person is sometimes referred to as the Title IX coordinator. The U.S. Department of Education has just released new resources to help coordinators understand the full scope of their jobs. But not all Title IX coordinators know about these tools, so it’s critical that AAUW members help spread the word in their communities. You can help by taking the pledge to deliver the new resources to the schools near you.
AAUW leaders have met with Title IX coordinators at schools across the country.
Why are these resources important?
Title IX coordinators oversee all aspects of Title IX at their schools including fielding complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) found that some of the most egregious and harmful Title IX violations occur when schools fail to have a Title IX coordinator or when a Title IX coordinator does not have the training or authority to oversee compliance with Title IX. That’s why the U.S. Department of Education issued new resources for Title IX coordinators to better understand and perform their important job of ensuring that learning environments are free from sex discrimination. Now, AAUW needs to make sure we put these materials into the hands of as many coordinators as possible.
These new resources emphasize something AAUW members know well: Title IX is more than just athletics. Title IX coordinators should be, among other things
- Monitoring the gender ratio inscience, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses
- Working to monitor andend sexual harassment and violence
- Supporting pregnant and parenting students
AAUW members who are part of a branch or state organization can make this a group activity. As a branch, plan to split up the schools in your area and divide into groups to make the deliveries. Look at public K–12 schools as well as colleges and universities — they all need these resources and must be following Title IX.
To whom should we deliver these resources?
Every school should have a designated a Title IX coordinator, and these resources are designed for that person. Call your local school and ask to be connected to the Title IX coordinator to schedule a meeting to deliver the materials in person. If an in-person meeting is not possible, arrange a phone call to determine whether the resources are best delivered by e-mail or mail. You may also be able to find the name and contact details for a school’s Title IX coordinator on the school website or in the school’s student handbook.
For colleges and universities, the name and contact details of the Title IX coordinator can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security Data Cutting Tool online. Look up your school using the “Get data for one institution/campus” feature. The Title IX coordinator’s name and contact information are located on the school’s page.
What do we say?
This delivery is a way to introduce AAUW to school officials, talk about what’s at stake with Title IX, and ensure that Title IX coordinators receive these important new resources to help them do their job. Write a quick elevator speech for the occasion and think of it as a way to build a relationship with your community.
Once you’ve met with a Title IX coordinator, write a letter to the editor or distribute a press release to let your community know about the actions you’ve taken to ensure that local students’ rights are fully protected under Title IX.
Once you’ve made contact with a Title IX coordinator, maintain the relationship. Invite Title IX coordinators to speak to your branch about their work, either individually or on a panel. Get them involved and use them as a resource in your branch’s equity work.Download a sample letter to the editor
What if the school does not have Title IX coordinator?
Designating a single Title IX coordinator for all schools in the district does not meet the spirit of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. AAUW has a sample letter that you can customize and send to the school informing them of their obligation to designate a Title IX coordinator.Download a sample letter to the school