Beyond athletics

Title IX and the future of gender equity on college campuses

Molly Peirano graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2015 with a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She’s been leading the university’s new Office of Civil Rights and Title IX since February.

Title IX is often associated with athletics, and on the 50th anniversary of Title IX, Peirano discussed her plans and goals for the office and the future of the landmark civil rights regulation that prohibits sex discrimination in any education program receiving federal funds.

“I think the biggest thing about Title IX is there’s all these other areas from recruitment to admissions to helping people have a good experience while they’re here that we don’t talk about,” she said. “We should look at how are we bringing people to our institution and making sure that they have the learning and working environment that they deserve so they can go on and do great things. The main message I want people to get is ‘We want you to be treated well by us and by one another, regardless of what your identity is.'”

Read the full Q&A, written by Page Ivey, on the university website.

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