Linda Hoos, Cal Poly Pomona’s chief diversity officer and assistant vice president in the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance, has been selected by Leadership California to its California Issues & Trends Class of 2017.
Hoos has served as the university’s Title IX coordinator since 2015 and is responsible for implementing provisions aimed at preventing sexual violence and investigating accusations, and reviews discrimination and harassment claims.
She joins 59 other female leaders from a wide spectrum of fields and industries across the state to receive the distinction. Class members were selected because of their impact on business, social issues and public policy.
For decades, colleges and universities have treated 1972’s Title IX prohibitions against gender discrimination at federally funded schools as mainly governing equality in sports. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidelines that allowed Title IX to be used to combat sexual violence and investigate allegations.
Before those federal guidelines were issued, Cal Poly Pomona already had forward-thinking steps in place. The naming of Hoos as Title IX coordinator further strengthened the university’s initiatives.
Before arriving at Cal Poly Pomona, Hoos was the manager overseeing compliance of equal employment opportunity and civil rights programs at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She also 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.
Leadership California, a nonprofit foundation that consists of more than 1,500 female leaders, was established in 1988 to increase the representation and influence of females in leadership positions across the state.