Jennifer Ananda has been hired as Emporia State’s first Title IX Coordinator, according to an email announcement sent to ESU students, faculty and staff. Ananda will start on Nov. 5.

“She brings to ESU more than a decade of experience with gender discrimination and violence including Title IX,” Kevin Johnson, general counsel, said in the email. “Our search committee is pleased with the high caliber of Ms. Ananda’s experience and knowledge.”

Ananda was one of the four candidates interviewed by the Title IX Coordinator search committee in September.

Before being hired by ESU, she was the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Policy Specialist at the University of Kansas for two years, according to her Linkedin profile.

She has also worked in private law practice, specializing in criminal, immigration and civil cases. Ananda also worked as a project attorney at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, according to her Linkedin. Additionally, Ananda has a juris doctor degree and a masters in social work from KU, according to the email.

Previously, Ray Lauber, director of human resources, served as the director of Title IX at ESU. The proposal to create a full time position was approved over the summer and a search committee, made up of Johnson, Lauber, two administrators and a student were tasked with looking for candidates.

“As you recall, we evaluated our Title IX Coordinator position and chose to make it a full-time focus on Title IX, including policies, investigations and campus education,” Johnson said in the email.

Ananda’s duties will include overseeing the university’s Title IX policies, training faculty, staff and students about Title IX, mandatory reporting and discrimination, as well as investigate Title IX issues, according to the press release. The position will be housed in the Office of the General Counsel, the release said.

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