In an attempt to expand its sexual harassment and violence prevention programs, the University of Hawaii at Manoa has hired a dedicated Title IX coordinator.
Dee Uwono will oversee the university's response to all Title IX complaints, including resolving disputes and providing training to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex.
Uwono, who will report directly to Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman, has most recently served as interim dean of students at Honolulu Community College where she was the Title IX deputy coordinator. She also established and was director of UHM's judicial affairs office from 2007 to 2014. As director, she served as lead investigator for all Title IX and other discrimination cases filed by students. She also trained and coordinated the training of Title IX coordinators across the 10 campuses of the UH system, served on the UHM Title IX steering committee and is a member of the president's Title IX steering committee.
"I look forward to implementing a system that ensures reports and complaints are handled consistently, fairly and efficiently, and to coordinate effectively with advocacy groups, service providers, public safety and local law enforcement representatives,” Uwono said in a statement.
Uwono earned her doctor of education degree in educational leadership at the University of Southern California, a master's in educational administration from UH and a bachelor's in zoology from UH.