WSU Common Reading panel explores Title IX’s impact on women and U.S. higher education Feb. 7


PULLMAN, Wash.— Title IX and its impact on women and higher education in the United States will be discussed on Tues., Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203 by a panel hosted by Washington State University’s Common Reading Program.

Panelists include Holly Ashkannejhad, Pamela Bradetich, Melynda Huskey, and Anne McCoy. The event is free and open to the public.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 deals with eliminating discrimination of the basis of sex in education programs and activities that receive/benefit from federal financial assistance. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault along with the more publicized aspects of Title IX, like equality in school sports.  Presenters will address the history of Title IX and its impact on WSU and other universities.

Like many other colleges, WSU has a Title IX Committee that advises the university president on matters relating to the compliance with Title IX.  Both Huskey, interim vice president for student affairs and the dean of students, and McCoy, the deputy director for athletics, are deputy Title IX coordinators. Ashkanneijah, assistant director of WSU’s Office for Equal Opportunity and Bradetich, is senior associate director of athletics.

The Common Reading Program began in Pullman in 2007 to help students, their teachers, and the community better engage in academically centered critical thinking, communication, research, and learning around a body of shared information presented in a single, specially selected book.

For more information about the Common Reading and upcoming events visit:

MEDIA: Karen Weathermon, Common Reading Program co-director, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5488,

Emma Epperly, Communications and Marketing Assistant, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-9458,