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Melissa Doreus

What You Need to Know about Title IX: A Discussion on Sexual Misconduct on College Campuses

Melissa DoreusMelissa Doreus is a proud South Florida native. After earning her B.S in Humanities with a double minor in Biology and Gender Studies, from Stetson University, she enrolled in the College Student Affairs Master’s degree program in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) at Nova Southeastern University. She has had the opportunity to assist in the dissemination of various models of preventative and bystander education models on various college campuses.

Functioning as the current Graduate Assistant for Special Initiatives under Dr. Gay Holliday, her work focuses on sexual misconduct education and prevention. She has had the pleasure of assisting in the development of the NSU’s Sexual Misconduct and Title IX webpage, and providing bystander education workshops to NSU students. Additionally, she has been involved in bringing the It’s On Us campaign to NSU, and fostering relationships with neighboring institutions who are also a part of this campaign. When outside of work or the classroom, she remains actively engaged with the campus by serving the CAHSS SGA as treasurer, a member of the Inclusion and Diversity Council.

With 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men being sexually assaulted in college, campus sexual misconduct has become a focus of public discussion. Colleges and universities are under pressure to improve prevention efforts and responses to sexual misconduct on their campus. However, the current state of college students reflect that many still do not recognize what is considered sexual misconduct, or how to report it. This leaves campuses to wonder, how do we support and educate students on Title IX and sexual misconduct? In this presentation Melissa will review Title IX and its implications for institutions of higher education. She will then explore common education, and prevention efforts currently utilized on college campuses. Melissa will also talk about the various approaches employed by these institutions and how they can best impact students.

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