Ellen Eardley, a law partner at Mehri & Skalet in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct faculty member at American University Washington College of Law, has been appointed assistant vice provost and Title IX administrator, Provost Garnett Stokes announced Wednesday. She will start her position April 20.
This position is responsible for assuring compliance with all Title IX laws, overseeing monitoring of university policy in relation to Title IX, implementing grievance and resolution procedures, and providing educational materials and training for the campus community
“I look forward to working with students, faculty and staff to continue to implement Mizzou’s gender equity policies and to prevent discrimination, harassment and assault from occurring in the first place,” Eardley said in a news release. “I invite open and honest discussion on these issues of utmost importance.”
Eardley received a bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in women’s studies and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Previously, she worked at the National Women’s Law Center, where she worked on a case before the U.S. Supreme Court related to Title IX and conducted investigations of educational institutions’ compliance with civil rights laws. She has trained community organizers and advocates on Title IX and published reports analyzing federal and state laws relating to sex discrimination in education.
“Our very top priority is providing a safe and healthy learning and working environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors,” Stokes said. “This means an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity or sexual orientation, and includes sexual harassment or misconduct of any kind.”