Over 150 girls and boys from 12 schools in the area and twice as many adults learned about Title IX from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, a panel of experts and a group of skilled facilitators on Monday, May 1st at Purchase College, State University of New York, at the Title IX Symposium 2006.
The Symposium was designed to encourage students’ interest in and excitement about math, science, technology and athletics; explore stereotypes about girls’ and boys’ interests and abilities in those areas; promote fairness and equal opportunities in education; and inform students and adults about the scope and breadth of Title IX while discussing its local and national impact.
While many people think Title IX is just about athletics, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 requires gender equity for boys and girls in every aspect of educational programs that receive federal funding. This symposium focused on math, science, technology and athletics.
Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz welcomed participants at the opening session. He was joined by Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who also welcomed the guests.
Senator Clinton spoke on Keeping Title IX Strong for Future Generations in a morning panel and provide closing remarks before breakout sessions. Other expert panelists included: Michelle Fisher, Electrical Engineer at Con Edison; Florence D. Hudson, IBM Vice President of Strategic Planning to the Society of Women Engineers; Dr. Joseph Skrivanek, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Purchase College, SUNY; Teresa Weatherspoon, Olympic gold medalist and WNBA all-star; and Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Olympic gold medalist and President and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications.
Julie Foudy, Olympic gold medalist and Public Policy Officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Aimee Mullins, Paralympian and President-elect of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley and Teresa Weatherspoon spoke at lunch on Breaking Barriers on the Playing Field and in the Science Lab.
The Title IX Symposium sponsors included Con Edison, IBM Corporation, PepsiCo, Inc., the Westchester Community Foundation, the Westchester County Office for Women, and the Women’s Research and Education Fund.