Title IX coordinator joins Governor’s new taskforce

Governor Greg Abbott’s Safety Planning Working Group now has ASU representation.

By Arabella Peña
On March 31, 2021

Photo courtesy of ASU Communications and Marketing.

 

Michelle Miller, a special assistant to the president and the Title IX coordinator at Angelo State University, has been appointed to be on the Safety Planning Working Group for Gov. Greg Abbott’s Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force.

Miller explained the working group as a part of a bigger task force created by the Texas Legislature and governor during the 86th Legislative Session. 

“The goal of the task force is to create a coordinated response for individuals, be it for adults or children who have experienced sexual assault,” Miller said. “There are various working groups that each have a particular component. I have been put on the Safety Planning group.”

Miller explained that she will represent ASU, and hopes to bring her knowledge and expertise relating to Title IX and sexual misconduct along with her training as an attorney.

“My role on a college campus is why I was recommended for this particular working group, but because I am a lawyer, I am always a lawyer and will always think like one,” Miller said. “My expertise regarding the law and how it correlates with what we are doing is definitely part of what I hope to bring to the table.”

According to Miller, the task force has been together for about a year. The various groups have come together as the task force has found necessary. While Miller is unsure exactly how many meetings her committee has had over the past year, she has attended one meeting so far and will attend another next week.

Miller said she is very excited to be involved with this working group because of its diverse group of individuals who all have different roles as well as different insights to offer in helping with topics surrounding safety planning and sexual misconduct.

“I believe it will benefit us here at Angelo State and all of us who do work in Title IX,” Miller said.

“Fully understanding the process a student (or person) experiences after an assault and attempting to make that process seamless will translate into us being able to provide better assistance to our students,” Miller said. “Our role is so unique from the criminal side of things, but better understanding that process helps us better understand how to support students through that process. It gives us a more knowledgeable approach.”

Miller wanted to remind students that the Title IX office, located in Room 210 of the Mayer Administration Building, is always open for students to report any kind of sexual misconduct that they may have experienced. Miller and her team are there to answer any questions, concerns or to address allegations of sexual misconduct, which can be done by calling (325) 942-2022, visiting the website angelo.edu/title-ix or filing a report at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?AngeloStateUniv&layout_id=1.

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