TITLE IX: The Time is Now! U.S. Office for Civil Rights Coming to Hear From You

If Hawai`i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), the most ethnically diverse medical school in the U.S., had existed at the time, would Patsy Takemoto have become a physician?The late Congresswoman and Maui native applied to 20 medical schools in her youth, but was accepted at none. In 1948, she had two strikes against her: she was female, and her last name gave away her ethnicity. But determined to succeed, Patsy Takemoto did what many women did at the time–and something most women of her generation couldn’t even dream of. She married, taking the name Patsy Takemoto Mink, and she earned a law degree and became the first Asian-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress. There, she co-sponsored Title IX, passed in 1972, to build a legal foundation against sex discrimination in education.

In October 2002, the law was renamed the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, in honor of Rep. Mink, who died in office that year.
The law states, in part:
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.”
We encourage you to take part in events connected to a visit by the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education both at the John A. Burns School of Medicine Gold Bond Building and at UH Mānoa from April 28-April 30. Click HERE for details.

At JABSOM, when a student complains of sexual discrimination or harassment, it MUST be reported to the Title IX Coordinators for UH Mānoa: either Mie Watanabe mie@hawaii.edu 956-6423 or Lori deta 956-3290.
“In the spirit of Title IX, and to honor the legacy of Patsy Mink, do not give discrimination or harassment a home at JABSOM,” said Dean Jerris Hedges. “Report it immediately.”

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