Chantelle Cleary wants to know the community she serves.
Since becoming Cornell’s Title IX coordinator in June, Cleary has added staff and reorganized her office. Now, at the start of her first academic semester at Cornell, she wants to engage directly with students, staff and faculty about their needs and to glean a deeper understanding of the campus culture and community.
Beginning Sept. 26, Cleary will hold “Title IX Talks,” which are essentially floating office hours at locations across campus. All members of the Cornell community – especially students – are invited to drop by.
“My focus right now is on listening. I’m interested in hearing about what we are doing well, what we can do better, and how we might best support campuswide sexual violence prevention and awareness initiatives. I figured, what better way to do that than to meet folks where they are? Over the next several weeks, I will go to different locations on campus,” Cleary said. “Members of the Cornell community will have the opportunity to ask questions, offer feedback and share their thoughts and ideas on how we can work together to promote a culture of respect and safety.”
The Office of the Title IX Coordinator oversees the university’s response to discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and sexual harassment. That response also includes coordinating sexual violence prevention and education efforts, and responding to individual incidents involving sexual or related violence.
“My hope is that these conversations will inform the work of the office moving forward,” Cleary said.