Cal Poly Pomona has selected its administrative team for Title IX, which will bolster ongoing efforts to eliminate sexual violence on campus.
Linda Hoos is the new coordinator and Deborah Kahn is the deputy director of Title IX. With offices in Building 98-B1-102, they will be responsible for implementing provisions aimed at preventing sexual violence and investigating accusations.
For decades, colleges and universities have treated the 1972 law that prohibits gender discrimination at federally funded schools as governing equality in sports. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidelines for how colleges and universities should apply Title IX to combat sexual violence and investigate incidents.
Even before those guidelines were announced, Cal Poly Pomona had already implemented forward-thinking steps. The naming of a Title IX administrative team will further strengthen the university’s initiatives.
“We are proud to have Linda Hoos and Deborah Kahn as our Title IX team. They have extensive experience in the law of the land and have dealt with cases that involve inequity and crime,” says university President Soraya M. Coley. “We cannot have a conducive environment for learning unless every student on this campus feels safe. Linda and Deborah will help ensure that this happens.”
Since 2012, Hoos was the manager overseeing compliance of equal employment opportunity and civil rights programs at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Previously, she was a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice and a staff attorney and litigation associate at several other law practices and organizations.
Hoos received her Juris Doctor degree from the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in American civilizations from Brown University.
Before arriving at Cal Poly Pomona, Kahn practiced family law and civil litigation in Los Angeles, Orange County, and the San Gabriel Valley. While practicing family law, she worked with domestic violence victims and assisted them in obtaining restraining orders. Kahn also worked at the Children’s Law Center, representing children in dependency hearings and in cases involving allegations of sexual abuse and neglect.
Kahn earned her dual Juris Doctor/MBA degree from Southwestern Law School and Claremont Graduate University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior at UC Irvine.
Violence Prevention Efforts at Cal Poly Pomona
In 2001, Cal Poly Pomona established Violence Prevention & Women’s Resource Center (then known as the Stop Violence Office) for people seeking help with domestic violence, assault, stalking and other situations. The center has received numerous grants from the U.S. Department of Justice grant to strengthen prevention, education and response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Last May, the assistant secretary for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Education lauded Cal Poly Pomona students for raising awareness about sexual violence and advocating for campus safety. Catherine Lhmaon’s visit was part of a nationwide tour of universities by top officials in the Obama administration to highlight campuses that successfully provide a comprehensive community response to sexual assault.