Last week, UNC graduate student Katie Akin met with Vice President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., to discuss policy actions to protect students from sexual assault.
The meeting was one of nine listening sessions to be hosted by the freshly formed White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, which Biden heads.
According to a White House pool report, Biden said the Obama administration could do a great deal more than it has already been doing to fight student sexual assault, and he was there to listen.
Akin was selected to attend the session by Christi Hurt, the director of the Carolina Women’s Center. Hurt and Akin are both part of the University task force that convened in May 2013 responsible for examining the campus’s sexual assault policy.
“She is very thoughtful, she is wise and she is strategic about how she wants to bring the voice of students into the process,” Hurt said of Akin. “I have appreciated her contributions on the task force, and I think she is a very wise and thoughtful contributor.”