With the departure of Linda Hoos, Cal Poly Pomona’s current Title IX Coordinator, Susan Hua, Director of Equity and Diversity at California State University, Northridge took her place Oct. 22, 2018.
Hua said the positions are nearly identical in regards to duties, so she was happy that the transition should be fairly smooth.
Born in a refugee camp, Susan Hua emigrated from Vietnam in the late ‘70s with her family and settled in Ohio before moving to Southern California, where she has lived ever since.
Not being able to speak English, Hua’s parents had to work hard to be a part of a community.
When Hua was only 2 years old, the family chose to move to the San Gabriel because they had heard it was ethnically diverse.
Hua said her passion for social justice and civil rights originated from those experiences and fostered a deep academic desire to learn.
“It was pretty much born out of that experience being born in a refugee camp,” Hua said. “So when these positions sort of came up I definitely knew that from my skills and my passion I went into law …. Those sort of things kind of shaped me.”
She obtained a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Research Policies from Cal State Northridge, a law degree from UCLA and a sociology degree from USC.
Hua comes to Cal Poly with immense qualifications and experience in the social justice field.
She served as the Title IX Coordinator, Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (DHR) Administrator and the Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity for nearly eight years at Cal State Northridge.
Prior to her position at Cal State Northridge, she was a litigator and associate attorney representing hospitals within California.
Hua also worked in an attorney’s office for a time, where she helped with the prosecution process in cases of criminal consumer fraud.
Hua also spent time working in the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
There, she engaged in policy research regarding the support of children with disabilities and early intervention.
All this experience has given her firm foundations for the position at CPP.
Hua said an accomplishment she is particularly proud of happened when she was working at Cal State Northridge, where she received an award for leadership in helping the international student community.
Hua was also integral in the development of a robust response program of sexual violence and sexual misconduct prevention, which was designed for practicing just and fair investigations, as well as a supportive environment for survivors who have come forward to get help.
“I just want people to feel like we’re a resource versus we’re just a repository for complaints,” she said.
“That’s not the type of vision I see. I see people really reaching out … to get more information in a way that we would help and be fair and balanced and comprehensive with our investigations and everything that we provide. I think if there hasn’t been a more student-centered voice I really would like to see that.”
While she said it is hard to leave Cal State Northridge, she is excited to work with the team at CPP and the opportunities this new position will provide.
Hoos is relieved and excited about Hua taking over her recent position.
“This office started out with just me, and it’s turned into something I feel pretty proud of,” Hoos said. “I feel like I’m handing it off to someone who will continue to nurture it and grow the office. I’m really pleased and we’re very fortunate. I feel my anxiety level decrease enormously.”
Hua hopes to continue to build and grow what Hoos began with the office.
“I always wrangle with the word compliance. That sounds like ‘Oh, that’s just checkboxes.’ But that’s never been my sense of integrity or my sense of work ethic,” Hua said.
“Knowing Linda all these years and the team, I feel like that is never going to be just mere compliance. We are always going to try and go above and beyond the minimum. So that’s what I’m excited about.”
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