Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Vice President Linda Hoos has been appointed to Systemwide Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation and Title IX Compliance Officer.
Her new position in Long Beach will begin Oct. 22.
For just over three years, Hoos has acted as Title IX Coordinator at Cal Poly Pomona.
Hoos was essential in bringing about a centralized department specifically for executing Title IX policies.
“What I was allowed to do, and a lot of that, I do have to give credit to the president. She provided me with the resources and the flexibility to grow the office,” she said.
Hoos was able to assemble a team and focus the services into one department.
“When she started, there were a lot of things that had to be structured, and she did that,” said Cynthia Guzman, administrative assistant at the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance.
Trainings on campus went from almost non-existent to being conducted in full force under the oversight of Hoos.
A large accomplishment during Hoos’ time at CPP was awareness about the different resources available to students.
But her proudest achievement has been the successful perception of the office as being fair and neutral.
“We don’t take sides, and we’re really not invested in an outcome,” Hoos said. “We’re invested in making sure the process is fair.”
Her new position will be to oversee all 23 California State Universities with regards to Title IX policies.
She will ensure that all campuses have the necessary resources to successfully implement Title IX and Discrimination Harassment and Retaliation processes.
She won’t be doing the day-to-day work of investigations and trainings, but will be providing assistance for all campus Title IX coordinators.
Another aspect of Hoos’ new position will be making sure policies are followed through.
She said she has several ideas for what she would like to do, implement, and analyze within her new job, but her first order of business will be to assess the needs of all the different campuses and make sure they are met.
Essentially, she wants to assess the data across the system to analyze the areas that need improvement, yet also acknowledge the things done well to encourage their continuation.
Hoos said she is excited about the opportunities to introduce concepts of restorative justice in the processes.
While she is looking forward to this new opportunity, she said she will miss this campus, its people and students.
She appreciates the collaborative nature of the office, with everyone having the same goal: to serve the students in a care-based community.
Hoos said President Soraya Coley has been a major influence on her professional goals and mission.
“She leads with integrity and such a clear sense of mission in terms that ‘we serve the students of this university,’” Hoos said. “Everything she does is really driven by that. It has helped me clarify what I want to do professionally.”
“I adore this campus,” Hoos continued. “I have every intention of visiting and coming by. It’s been a treat working here, and a real honor. And I don’t think I would have moved on to the next level had I not had this experience here …. This is such a lovely campus. There’s no such thing as perfect in any job but it’s the closest I’ve come.”
There will be an announcement soon about who will be replacing Hoos as Title IX Coordinator at CPP.
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