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Mar 20 2013
Organization: Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center
Contact: Daniel Truckey (dtruckey@nmu.edu)

Title IX Roundtable: Come discuss women's athletics!

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will be hosting a roundtable discussion on the impact of Title IX on womenís athletics and education on Thursday, March 21 at 7p.m. The roundtable discussion will feature several individuals whose lives and work have been effected by Title IX legislation and includes: Dr. Rebecca Mead, associate professor of history at NMU; Cindy Paavola, director of NMUís coach and assistant athletic director; Barb Patrick, retired NMU coach and assistant athletic director and Jamie Tuma, athletic director for Marquette Senior High School. The event will be held at the Beaumier Center which is located in 105 Cohodas Hall, 1401 Presque Isle Ave. in Marquette. This discussion is in conjunction with the Centerís current exhibition, "U.P. Power! High School Sports in Upper Michigan."
It was on June 23, 1972, that the U.S. Congress passed what would become known as "Title IX," which was actually part of the Education Amendments of 1972, Public Law No. 92 318, 86 Stat. 235. In this document was passed the following statement, "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..." This law would have far reaching ramifications by making it law that women should have all the same educational opportunities as men in federally funded institutions. One of the biggest changes was that school districts would now have to provide as many athletic opportunities for women as men.
This roundtable will deal not only with how the law came into being but also the changes that have taken place over the past 41 years. The discussion will deal with some of the following areas:

1) A quick historical snapshot of each individualís personal involvement with Title IX.
2) The impact of Title IX on the entire female population at a University or High School receiving federal funds.
3) The status of compliance with Title IX today at our institutions locally and through the US.