Equity in Education: Celebrating 40 Years of Title IX
Thursday, April 19, 2012 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Panel Discussion, reception to follow
Hendrix Auditorium, William D. Carlson Education Building (CEB)
This event looks back at the progress and challenges of the forty years since Title IX passed in 1972. While Title IX is widely known as the law supporting women’s athletic teams, the legislation also dramatically improved the experiences of all women in education. Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and all activities that receive federal financial assistance. Some of the forms of discrimination that Title IX prohibits include sexual harassment, the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics, and discrimination based on pregnancy. In 1972, before Title IX, women earned less than ten percent of law and medical degrees, and just 13% of doctoral degrees. Today, women earn nearly half of all law and medical degrees, and over half of all doctoral degrees.
The panelists will examine the impact of Title IX, its history, and its continued relevance. The speakers have a range of experiences in university administration, athletics, education, and the sciences.
The event is sponsored by the UNLV College of Education, UNLV College of Liberal Arts, the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada, Office of Diversity Initiatives, the Women’s Council,William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV Intercollegiate Athletics, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, and the Nevada Humanities.
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Judith Sweet, Co-Director for the Alliance of Women Coaches. Judith Sweet served for six years as the NCAA Senior Vice President for Championships and Education Services and served as primary contact for Title IX and Gender Equity Initiatives. Prior to that, she was the Athletics Director at University of California, San Diego. She now assists organizations and universities with gender equity assessments and strategies. She has testified on Title IX before several congressional committees.
Dr. Carol C. Harter, Executive Director Black Mountain Institute, UNLV Regents Professor & UNLV President Emerita. Dr. Harter was the first woman to serve as president of UNLV and was the longest-serving president at the university. Under her tenure, the university’s academic range broadened tremendously with the addition of more than one hundred new degree programs, nearly sixty of which focused on graduate studies, including the School of Dental Medicine and the William S. Boyd School of Law. Since 2006, she has overseen the growth of the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV.
Dr. Peg Rees, Executive Director, Public Lands Institute, Interim Vice-Provost for Educational Outreach and Professor of Geoscience. In her role as Executive Director of the Public Lands Institute, Dr. Rees is responsible for strategic planning and outreach to guide and develop the institute. She is a full professor in Geoscience and has conducted National Science Foundation funded research, primarily in Antarctica, China, and the western United States. In addition, she helped build the UNLV Women’s Studies Dept. She received a grant from the National Science Foundation for interdisciplinary women’s studies, social science, and geology projects in earth science education.
Dr. Nancy Lough, Professor, College of Education, Department of Educational Research, Cognition, & Development. Dr. Lough teaches in the higher education graduate program and is currently mentoring doctoral students with an interest in intercollegiate athletic administration. She is an expert in the areas of marketing women’s sport, corporate sponsorship of sport, leadership in college athletics and gender equity. She has published widely on these topics in the fields of sport management and sport marketing. Recently she served as a Title IX consultant for the Clark County School District and Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. She currently serves as the Editor for Sport Marketing Quarterly.