University of Pittsburgh
March 7, 2004

Pitt to Host Free Conference on Gender Equity in Education and Athletics

Panel discussions to explore effectiveness of Title IX

Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh will host a two-day conference, Title IX and Gender Equity in Education: The Unfinished Agenda, March 18

and 19 on Pitt's Oakland campus. National experts will gather at the Frick Fine Arts Building and Posvar Hall to discuss the issues surrounding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in any federally funded education program or activity. The conference will consider whether Title IX has fallen short in protecting young women and girls from sex discrimination and what strategies are available to achieve equality in education. The event is free and open to the public. The schedule follows.

Thursday, March 18

Frick Fine Arts Building, Schenley Drive

7-8:30 p.m.

Donna Lopiano, executive director of the Women's Sports Foundation, will deliver the keynote address. An athlete, scholar, coach, and author, Lopiano has participated in 26 national championships in four sports and has coached men's and women's volleyball and women's basketball and softball. She is a member of the National Sports Hall of Fame and serves on the U. S. Olympic Committee Executive Board.

Friday, March 19

The following will be held in Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St., Room 2K56.

9 a.m.-noon

Classrooms and Courtrooms: Facing Sexual Harassment in Education

Panel discussion

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Single-Sex Education: Reform or Retrenchment?

Verna L. Williams, assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law

1:30-3 p.m.

Athletics: Report Card and Recommendations

Panel Discussion

The event is cosponsored by Pitt's Women's Studies Program, School of Law, School of Education, Office of the Vice Provost, Department of Communications, and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, as well as The Women's Law Project, the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Education Law Center. For more information or to preregister, call 412-227-0301 or e-mail

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