Christi Hurt said she wants to see the day when people who work in sexual violence prevention are out of a job.
“I’d love to put all of us who work in that field out of business and to create a culture where we don’t have sexual violence,” she said.
“But until we get to that point, sexual violence is everybody’s problem,” she said. “And we need all hands on deck.”
It is with that mindset that Hurt, current director of the Carolina Women’s Center, will approach her new job at UNC: interim Title IX coordinator.
The position, which Hurt said she will fill for three to four months while the University conducts a national search for a permanent Title IX coordinator, will allow Hurt to lay the groundwork for addressing issues surrounding sexual assault at UNC.
Chancellor Holden Thorp announced the creation of a full-time Title IX coordinator Tuesday night in a campus-wide email — marking the third position created this semester to address sexual violence on campus.
The establishment of the position — which was mandated by the Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague” letter in April 2011 — comes on the heels of months of controversy surrounding the way UNC handles sexual assault. Allegations that the University has” treated sexual assault survivors inappropriately”: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2012/11/50b8358b311c9 and insensitively have swirled — culminating in two federal investigations, which launched in March.
Thorp said in his statement that the new position will lead the University’s efforts toward complying with Title IX, the 40-year-old federal law that prohibits sexual violence, among other protections.
More specifically, Thorp cited that the new position would focus its efforts on three main areas: improving the campus climate, establishing effective resources for those affected by sexual harassment and violence and implementing policies that are in compliance with federal mandates.