Title IX Gender Equity Coordinators
Well informed Title IX gender equity coordinators are needed to counteract the neglect of Title IX and help all educators and students learn about their rights to be treated in a non sex discriminatory way. Title IX regulations specify that each recipient of federal financial assistance “designate at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out Title IX responsibilities.” However, this requirement has been poorly implemented. In response to requests from Title IX activists, in 1997 and again in 2004 the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights sent “Dear Colleague” letters to state education agencies, the 17,000 local school districts, and postsecondary institutions to remind them to comply with this law. Without the essential Title IX gender equity coordinators in place, educators, parents, and students are frequently left unable to effectively solve or prevent problems. A recent study suggests that fewer than 50 percent of educators understand what Title IX covers and that only a miniscule percent of students and parents are aware of their rights under Title IX.
Even when Title IX coordinators are designated, few are full time or receive funds for gender equity programs. In many cases, the person designated as the Title IX coordinator has other unrelated primary assignments, ranging from superintendent to football coach and may not be very interested in full implementation of Title IX. Few Title IX coordinators receive the support, training, technical assistance, and recognition that they need to perform even the minimum complaint-related aspects of their jobs. Thus, their Title IX responsibilities are often ignored or given short shrift.
Although the Title IX regulations require that the names and contact information of Title IX coordinators be made public, there is no comprehensive listing of Title IX coordinators. However, we now have a list of Title IX Coordinators in state education agencies (PDF) and with the help of equity allies plan to develop a more comprehensive list. Fewer than ten states appear to have lists of Title IX coordinators at the local district level and so far even fewer states provide these contacts on their websites. We simply do not know how many Title IX coordinators have been appointed at any education level. However, we estimate that there should be over 120,000 Title IX coordinators in institutions that receive federal financial assistance for education purposes such as state education agencies, local education agencies, public and private schools at all education levels, postsecondary institutions, museums, libraries, and prisons.
A goal of this Title IX Action Network is to drastically increase the numbers of trained, activist Title IX coordinators and have them listed electronically so that they can be easily identified by those they are supposed to serve in their communities. This will enable coordinators to communicate with each other and receive information that will help them perform their Title IX coordinator responsibilities.
Read more about Title IX Coordinators
Title IX on State Education Agency Websites - 2005 Report
Title IX on State Education Agency Websites - 2008 Report
List of Title IX Coordinators in State Education Agencies (PDF)
Essential Resources for Title IX Coordinators
Each Title IX Coordinator should sign-up to become a Title IX Activist by participating in the Title IX Action Network and receiving electronic Title IX alerts, news stories, and updates on the Network.
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