Title IX Video Contest wraps up with Hollywood-style premiere

by Robert Jackson

How do you inform and engage students and other individuals on Title IX?  It is not exactly a “hot” or “trending” topic.  That was the challenge for students who participated in the Title IX Video Contest presented by the Office of Equity and Compliance.

Students walked the red carpet in April at the premiere of their videos on the Union campus. Contestants also posed for the “paparazzi” and enjoyed a delicious lunch and prizes for successfully answering Title IX law questions.

Equity and Compliance staff with winning  students and their prizes.  From left to  right:  Stephanie Smith, Administrative  Secretary; Inez Warner, J.D., Associate Director; Pam Saavedra, Program  Specialist; Executive Director Monika Johnson, J.D.; student winners Destiny  Johnson, Caleb Petty and Kiara West.

Equity and Compliance staff with winning students and their prizes.  From left to right:  Stephanie Smith, Administrative Secretary; Inez Warner, J.D., Associate Director; Pam Saavedra, Program Specialist; Executive Director Monika Johnson, J.D.; student winners Destiny Johnson, Caleb Petty and Kiara West.

 “The importance and benefits of Title IX to students is not a frequently discussed topic and some students may not know anything about the law,” Equity and Compliance Executive Director Monika Johnson said.  “To increase awareness, students were asked to submit a clever, zany or even serious 3-5 minute video/commercial to demonstrate their understanding of Title IX.”

Teams of three currently enrolled students were eligible to produce one video.  After reviewing several submissions, Equity and Compliance staff chose the winning video project submitted by Caleb Petty (team leader), Kiara West and Destiny Johnson. “The project was challenging due to the time constraints and presenting the material in a way that students could relate,” said Petty.  “But our team pulled it off and we had fun.”  All three students were presented with a 43" Roku smart television. 

Title IX of the Education Amendments President Richard Nixon signed into law in June of 1972. The main purpose of Title IX is to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that is federally funded and is best known for its impact on high school and collegiate athletics.  The law states, “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.”

Associate Director of Equity and Compliance Inez Warner says Equity and Compliance staff appreciated the students' participation in the first contest.  “It was encouraging to see them display a sincere interest in learning more about their rights as students as well as exhibit their technical prowess,” Warner said. “We look forward to seeing more innovative ideas from our Saluqis in the years to come.”