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October 31, 2019 /
Posted in: University News /
CHICAGO — A new Office of Gender Equity was created at DePaul this year to more accurately describe the responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator, said Ashley Knight, associate vice president for Student Affairs.
“Over the summer, Student Affairs, along with key campus partners such as Human Resources and the Office of the General Counsel, reviewed the job description for the Title IX Coordinator and decided to re-title the position: Director of Gender Equity (Title IX Coordinator). The director responds not only to sexual and relationship violence concerns but also discrimination and harassment concerns based on sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy/parental status, and family relationship status,” Knight explained.
DePaul welcomes new director (Title IX Coordinator) Stepping into to the new role is Ann Skiffington, an attorney who spent nearly the past 20 years as vice president of human resources at Midtown Athletic Clubs in Chicago. Previously, she was an associate at the Chicago law firm of Seyfarth Shaw, specializing in employment law and employee benefits.
“When I was 5, my father became a professor of management at Missouri State. He would take me to campus and talk about his work every night at the dinner table. I met students, saw him teach, and heard lively academic debates,” she said.
“My father cared about students both academically and personally, and they appreciated his guidance. I felt as if I was part of a campus community from an early age through high school, and knew that it was special,” said Skiffington, who earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational/industrial communications from Missouri State. She continued her studies earning a master’s degree in human resource management from Golden State University in San Francisco, and then a Juris Doctor from Loyola University.