Request a Meeting with Secretary Betsy DeVos

Request a Meeting with Secretary Betsy DeVos

On July 13th, Secretary Betsy DeVos and Assistant Secretary Candice Jackson met with survivors and advocates for a single 90-minute session. But they also held a meeting with extremist “men’s rights” advocates, like the National Coalition for Men, Families Advocating for Campus Equality (FACE), and Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE). These groups are best known for lobbying against protections for survivors of gender-based violence and arguing that violence against women is actually the victims’ fault.

A single 90-minute session is not sufficient to understand the full scope and impact of this issue necessary to write thoughtful, evidence-based policy. We encourage organizations (particularly student groups) to submit their own requests for meetings with Secretary DeVos. We can assist you in drafting requests and securing media coverage.

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In response to coverage of university mistreatment of sexual assault survivors, many observers have wondered why schools handle these crimes at all: why not just leave it to the police?
Under Title IX, schools are legally required to respond and remedy hostile educational environments and failure to do so is a violation that means a school could risk losing its federal funding.
  • BIG NEWS: We’re launching a State Policy Playbook that students, advocates, and state policymakers can use to support survivors, hold schools accountable, and ensure that states step up to address sexual violence on campus. Check out the playbook and see how you can help end gender-based violence in education. *Link in bio*
  • These days, it's easy to feel frustrated, hopeless, and angry. Today, however, we're going to celebrate. We're celebrating that 45 years ago, we received the right to equal educational opportunities regardless of gender. 
No matter what Trump and DeVos say, that's not going away. In fact, we're about to make that right even stronger. Stay tuned, and take a minute to celebrate Title IX today.
  • ICYMI: Millions of students depend on Title IX. Join us for a #DearBetsy twitter storm tomorrow, June 22, from 2-3 pm ET as we lift up their stories and let Betsy DeVos know how important Title IX and the guidance are for all students.
  • Tired of Betsy DeVos yet? Help us fight back by joining the KYIX team! *Details in bio*
  • 3 things you can do to help prevent gun violence: 1. Learn about how guns make campuses less safe 2. Educate your communities on campus carry bills 3. Share with us why you #WearOrange to raise awareness of gun violence
  • It's LGBTQ Pride month so Know Your IX is celebrating our queer and gender-nonconfirming friends, allies, and advocates! Happy Pride!
  • @breakthecycle identified KYIX co-founder, Dana Bolger, as a TRAILBLAZER in the anti-sexual violence movement! Check out their article: *link in bio*
  • Thank you to everyone who supported us in our #NOMORE campaign! Together, we raised over $8,000, which will enable us to continue our fight to protect Title IX enforcement and ensure students' right to learn free from violence.
  • Not in D.C. for the action today? Make yourself heard by calling the Dept. of Ed at 1 (800) 872 - 5327 with the following script:
----------------------------------------------------My name is ________, and I’m from ________. I'm calling to oppose the appointment of Carlos Muñiz and Candice Jackson as general counsel and acting assistant secretary for civil rights because they are a threat to student survivors of sexual assault. I demand they be replaced with appointees who have demonstrated their commitment to civil rights. I also urge the Department of Education to enforce Title IX. [Feel free to insert your own comments].
  • DC folks: Come tell the Dept. of Education to do their job and enforce Title IX. Meet us at the Dept. of Ed building at 1 pm to make your voice heard. #INeedIX

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If your school (like so many others) is falling short in its policies and procedures in response to gender violence on campus, student activism can be crucial to effecting change. Whether your campus needs policy and judicial process reform, has a lack of crisis response and counseling services, or needs greater prevention education, the Campus Organizing Toolkit will walk you through legal requirements and organizing strategies needed to plan an effective campaign.

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