UP’s Title IX team welcomes SASA’s request for dialogue, and we would like to start by sharing data about our work. We start with the data because we believe dialogue and action are most effective when based on facts. Please note, much of the data presented below was previously shared with SASA during Title IX Advisory Committee meetings and with the UP community via Title IX emails, articles in The Beacon, and informational resources posted at UP's Title IX page.
Some may ask, “Why are you writing this as a Korean American?” Well, I am a human being, and I believe that racism and xenophobia are wrong. In my and my family’s experiences, racists and xenophobes are those people who are okay with harming groups of people who can be delineated and treated as “others” or “associated with others.” Some racists and xenophobes actively cause harm to individuals from “other-ized” groups, these groups often being people of color in the United States. Others actively or passively approve the harm. All of this is wrong.
Dear Members of the University of Portland Community, As the end of the 2018-2019 academic year nears, we want to share some reflections about the work the Title IX team has done this year and the continued work we are engaged in towards a UP community and a world that is more just and safe.
Last week a current UP student authored an anonymous piece in The Beacon sharing a very personal story of sexual assault that occurred during high school. The student shared her perspective on ways the University can better its practices and policies around sexual and gender-based harassment, misconduct and violence. To that student – thank you for demonstrating true courage in sharing your story.