University, students aim to boost equality

Title IX, HeForShe host events to raise awareness

By Patrick Fleming
On April 27, 2017

Photos by Kaitlin Trujillo and Brit Raley
Jisoo Lim, Martina Van Burger, Alysabeth Steele and Sarah Droegemeir enjoy tea and biscuits from Title IX’s Tea Party.

ASU is providing a state mandated program, Title IX, which aims to help the campus community.

"The Title IX Office is responsible for providing prevention and awareness education for students, faculty and staff, receiving reports of conduct that allegedly violates our Title IX policy, and for investigating and adjudicating formal complaints alleging violations of our Title IX policy," Title IX Director Michelle Boone said.

Title IX is a federal law, part of the Educational Amendments of 1972.

"The law states that ‘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,’" Boone said.

Before school starts in the fall, upcoming freshman are required to take two online courses, each an hour long, called AlcoholEDU and Haven.

"These courses are considered the introduction to Title IX and our policies and expectations at ASU," Boone said.

The office of Title IX hosts multiple events for the students.

"Our office also provides trainings to incoming students at NSO, Rambunctious Weekend and we work with the Laura Bush Foundation to provide education at Girls and Guys Night Out," Boone said. "We also provide awareness through events like #RAMSPROTECT, which is an online pledge that students can take to be an active bystander, encourage and participate in healthy relationships and always get consent for sexual activities."

Another group on campus is the HeForShe Club, which also tries to combat similar topics.

"HeForShe is a student organization in official partnership with HeForShe in the United Nations, and we work to promote gender equality," Sazza Dahal said.

This club was founded in 2015.

"I founded this organization in 2015 after coming back from the UN Youth Assembly," Dahal said. "The core message of the organization is that gender inequality isn’t just women’s issues, it’s a humanitarian issue. Therefore, all humans, no matter what gender, should be a part of it."

Just like Title IX, the HeForShe Club provides information to students on issues and how to learn from them.

"We addressed the presidential election, human sexuality, psychological issues, healthy relationships and so on," Dahal said. "In addition, we like to partner with other organizations to further our agenda and promote theirs, as long as they pertain to social justice."

One of their major events they do is over the summer, called the United Nations Youth Assembly.

"We lead the delegation of our officers to represent their countries in the United Nations Youth Assembly to expose them with opportunities around the world to work on what they are passionate about," Dahal said.

Students on campus feel safe and secure knowing there are programs on campus that provide them with information over how to stay safe.

"It is reassuring that the school has someone we can go to in case of an emergency or need," Sarah Adams, freshman, said.

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