Holy Names University celebrates 40th anniversary of Title IX with series of events
Courtesy HNU Sports Information
Oakland, CA - For the first time in the institution’s history, Holy Names University participated in the National Girls & Women in Sports Day.
On Feb. 1, 2012. Holy Names invited Title IX advocate Amy Wilson to address the campus community in recognition of the landmark amendement's 40th anniversary. Wilson presented on the history and future of Title IX to the HNU and Oakland communities.
Title IX, a 1972 amendment that provides women and girls with more opportunities in education and athletics, states No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
A day after Wilson's visit, HNU hosted Pacific Union College in both women's and men's basketball games that celebrated Title IX at 40 years of age.
Wilson has given presentations on various aspects of Title IX and sports at NCAA Gender Equity Forums, the annual Snell- Shillingford Coaching Symposium, and at the NCAA/NACWAA Institutes for Administrative Advancement.
She is near completion of a Ph.D. in health and sport studies (with a concentration in athletic administration) at the University of Iowa, and is finishing a sport history dissertation on women's leadership in intercollegiate athletics during the 1970s and early 1980s that focuses on the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).
Since 2008, Wilson has been a member of the faculty at Illinois College where she serves as chair of the faculty athletics committee.
At both MacMurray College and the University of Iowa, she was honored for excellence in teaching, and in 2010, she won the Ambassador Award at Illinois College in recognition for positive influences on the campus and community.
In 2009, NACWAA honored Wilson with the Football Bowl Subdivision Administration of Tomorrow Award. Currently, she is working on a project for the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics that will document women's status in intercollegiate athletics as Title IX reaches its 40th anniversary this month.
“It was an honor to have Amy Wilson on campus and to be able to spend time with her during her visit to the Bay Area," Dennis Jones, HNU’s director of athletics, stated. "She is both knowledgeable and passionate.”
In March, Holy Names also hosted a softball game against Whittier College that celebrated Title IX. The HNU softball team presented wrist bands to Whittier as a symbol of celebration and remembrance.
Holy Names University celebrates Title IX and remembers the women and men who continue to ensure gender equity.
Throughout the fall of 2013, HNU will celebrate Title IX on the volleyball court and the soccer field.
Holy Names University, an academic community committed to the full development of each student, offers a liberal education rooted in the Catholic tradition, empowering a diverse student body for leadership and service in a diverse world.
Holy Names University Athletics is committed to the full development of all student athletes through their engagement in the total educational experience.