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Rio Hosts Shared Responsibility Title IX Training Summit

March 28, 2018

Co-founder of the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA), Saundra Schuster, speaks at a session during the Shared Responsibility Title IX Training Summit. Representatives from several institutions for higher education came to the event to raise awareness for Title IX and its ongoing work in sexual assault prevention programs and services.

Co-founder of the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA), Saundra Schuster, speaks at a session during the Shared Responsibility Title IX Training Summit. Representatives from several institutions for higher education came to the event to raise awareness for Title IX and its ongoing work in sexual assault prevention programs and services.

 

Rio Grande, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College hosted a Shared Responsibility Title IX Training Summit last week as part of the See, Hear, and Speak campaign. The summit gave students, faculty, staff, title IX administrators, advisory groups, survivor advocate and support services and the community the opportunity to learn effective practices and strategies aimed at ending sexual violence and gender discrimination on college campuses. Chris Nourse, Title IX coordinator, said Rio is dedicated to enhancing Title IX’s recent work in sexual assault prevention programs and services, and he believes this summit provided an opportunity for institutions to reinforce their efforts toward promoting awareness of the issue.

“Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. In recent years, Title IX has taken a large focus on sexual assault and violence on college campuses across the country. We had wonderful participation from not only our campus and our grant partners, but other institutions from across the state,” Nourse said. “It’s important that we come together for this event because we aren’t alone. Sexual assault is an issue affecting all college campuses across the country, so this allows us to learn from each other and talk collectively about what we can do to keep our campuses safe. Our goal is to promote a campus culture of shared responsibility and mutual respect for all students, and part of that responsibility is to educate our students, faculties, staffs and communities to better respond to and prevent these kinds of instances.”

The See, Hear, and Speak campaign is a collaboration between Rio, Ohio University Southern, Shawnee State University and Southern State Community College. The campaign and summit are both sponsored by the Shared Responsibility Grant, which was awarded to the four schools by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The discussions focused on training student groups and community partners to know the signs of potential sexual assault, ways to prevent the situation from happening and steps to take to report instances that do occur. Katie McGrath, deputy Title IX coordinator at Shawnee State University, said she feels it is important for the institutions to work together for the campaign to increase awareness and prevention efforts.

“I think it’s important for us to come together and think about our processes and procedures to figure out what’s working for each other and share those ideas. I’ve learned a lot from listening to Saundra’s presentations including how easy it is to get faculty on board and involved in their responsibilities under Title IX. It’s been great seeing how all our moving parts on campus and in our communities work together,” McGrath said. “I think there are a lot of people who don’t fully understand what Title IX is or what it does. Events like this help us raise awareness and make sure our students, faculty and staff members know the ways to report anything they see or hear.”

The four institutions invited Saundra Schuster, a nationally recognized expert in civil rights law for education and co-founder of the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA), to give talks at the event to students, faculty staff and the community. Representatives from several other institutions of higher education across the state attended the summit. Becca Getson, sexual assault response coordinator and deputy Title IX coordinator for students at Miami University, said she is excited to take what she has learned in the sessions back to her campus to continue raising awareness to her colleagues and students.

“I think this training summit was a fantastic opportunity for us to meet fellow colleagues and discuss a variety of topics being covered in the agenda as well as focus on ways faculty, staff and students can get involved in Title IX. We’ve learned a lot of information through these sessions that we can take back to our universities and colleagues,” Getson said. “I always encourage people to learn as much as they can, especially those in higher education institutions. Title IX is something that affects us even when we don’t think it does, so it’s important to understand the impact that it does have on our communities.”

For more information on Title IX or the See, Hear and Speak campaign, contact Chris Nourse at 740-245-7228 or Dena Warren at 740-245-7396.