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Title IX Team

The Title IX Team, led by the Title IX Coordinators, coordinates the review, investigation and resolution of all Title IX reports submitted to the University.

How to contact the Title IX Team

You may make a report to the Title IX Team online, by email, by phone or in person.

Phone: (503) 943-8982

Email: titleix@up.edu

Our online reporting tool can be accessed here.

If there is imminent risk of harm please call Public Safety at (503) 943-7161 or 911.


 

Meg Farra

Meg Farra
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students

Meg joins the University of Portland Title IX team as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, after working at the University in two other capacities since late 2013. Meg’s background includes a Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Meg’s undergraduate concentration in social justice guided Meg to Portland as a volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Throughout her professional career, Meg’s work included working with marginalized and vulnerable populations, including individuals impacted by domestic and relationship violence. Meg’s role with the Title IX team is to provide information about Title IX policies and processes and on-campus and off-campus resources. Meg also will help facilitate informal resolution processes and coordinate accommodations related to Title IX matters.

 

Sandy Chung

Sandy Chung
Title IX Coordinator for Compliance & Vice President for Human Resources

Sandy joined the University of Portland community in 2015. Before UP, she was the Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator at Santa Monica College and the Director of Employee Relations at Stanford University. A native of Portland and a graduate of Sunset High School, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School, Sandy practiced law (intellectual property, employment litigation, and pro bono litigation) before joining higher education. Sandy’s pro bono cases involved a wide range of important social issues, including human trafficking, unrepresented minors in immigration proceedings, domestic violence, and elder abuse. Sandy’s role with the Title IX team is to provide leadership to ensure that Title IX policies and processes are effective, compliant with the law, and consistent with the University’s values. Sandy also will oversee Title IX investigations and will at times conduct investigations.

 

Matt Rygg

Dr. Matthew Rygg
Title IX Coordinator for Education & Associate Vice President for Student Development

Matt’s role on the Title IX team is to coordinate the education and outreach efforts for students, staff, faculty, and administration on campus. As the Associate Vice President for Student Development, Matt supervises the Office of Residence Life and the Health and Counseling Center which are two key areas in educating and supporting students about interpersonal violence.  As a leader working with the departments in student affairs, Matt  will encourage collaboration and innovation with other departments and student organizations as it relates to gender-based harassment, misconduct, and violence.

Dr. Rygg has served in various capacities in Title IX at two institutions. He served as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students and Interim Title IX Coordinator at Clark College, and he served as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students at the University of Portland.

He said, “we spend a lot of time talking about what gender-based violence is and what to do if you or someone you know is impacted. That is vitally important and we need to continue raising awareness about these important issues. In order to change the narrative and address the causes we must dig deeper and examine why these issues exist in the first place. I’m interested in looking at issues of power, privilege, and oppression as it relates to gender equity and issues of sexual and gender-based harassment, misconduct, and violence. These conversations are not easy, but we must go there together.”

 

Bill Jenkins

Bill Jenkins
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Staff and Director of Employee Relations and Staff Diversity

Bill has been with the University since 2015 and is the Director of Employee Relations and Staff Diversity. Bill also is the chairperson for the President’s Advisory Committee on Inclusion. Bill is an experienced trainer and is certified to teach Crucial Conversations. He is a native San Franciscan, grew up on the San Francisco Peninsula, and graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in journalism and public relations. Bill has over 30 years of human resources management experience, including time as human resources director for nationally-recognized consulting companies and as the director of human resources for Self Enhancement, Inc., a well-respected and recognized non-profit organization in Portland that supports culturally specific, underserved youth. As a member of the Title IX team, Bill will generally take the lead with matters involving employees. He also may participate as a note taker during meetings and investigations and may conduct investigations.

 

Patrick Plaza

Patrick Plaza
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Administrative Process

Patrick joined the University as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Administrative Processes in 2018.  Patrick grew up in eastern Oregon, attended Southern Oregon State College, and moved to Portland after graduation. Before UP, Patrick worked for the State of Oregon conducting investigative, administrative, and educational processes in the areas of civil rights and other employment laws. Patrick’s role on the Title IX team is to help with administrative processes related to recordkeeping, reports, and compliance. Patrick also may participate in meetings and investigations as a note taker and may conduct investigations.

 


 

Megan Cohara

Megan Cohara 
Wellness Educator & Prevention Program Coordinator

Megan works in collaboration with the Title IX team and the Health and Counseling Center to provide wellness programs and prevention education initiatives related to interpersonal violence, bystander intervention, mental health and alcohol & substances. Megan’s goal to help promote overall well-being and success in our community by working to create a healthy and safe environment for our students and staff here on the Bluff. 

To get involved or request more information, please contact Megan Cohara at (503) 943-7134 or coharam@up.edu