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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.

Contact the Title IX Team

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

Phone: 800.745.3261 (Toll free) or 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 503.943.4444 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 marginalizes 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

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
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.

 

Terry Favero

Terry Favero
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty
Professor of Biology

Terry joined the University of Portland as an lecturer in the Biology Department in 1993. Terry earned his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon (1990) and prior to that earned his bachelors at Illinois State University. He served as associate dean in the Colleage of Arts and Sciences from 2003-20015 and was responsible for the Core Curriculum, assessment, and faculty development. He is currently a professor in Department of Biology, serves on the Institutional Review Board, and is one of the deputy Title IX coordinators for faculty. In this role he will support Title IX issues that relate to faculty.

Alexandra Hill

Alexandra Hill
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Education
Associate Professor of International Languages and Cultures

Allie was hired at UP in 2009 as assistant professor of German, and she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. In addition to directing the German program, she also co-founded and now co-directs the Gender & Women’s Studies Minor. Allie is an active and dedicated member of the Coalition of Women in German, a professional organization that advances feminist scholarship and issues of gender in academia, and she is co-editor of the journal Feminist German Studies. A graduate of Vassar College, Dr. Hill received her MA and PhD in German studies from UMass Amherst and taught at Williams College before moving to the West Coast. In her role as deputy Title IX coordinator for faculty and education, she is working with folks across campus to develop educational sessions for UP students, faculty, and staff about identity, power, and privilege—some of the root issues of gender-based violence.

Shannon Meyer

Shannon Mayer
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty
Professor of Physics

Shannon joined the University of Portland as an associate professor of physics in 2002. Before UP, she served on the faculty of Pacific Lutheran University and as an adjunct faculty member at Bucknell University. Shannon is a native of Seattle and a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (BS) and Oregon State University (PhD). She currently serves as professor and chair of the Department of Physics and is one of the deputy Title IX coordinators for faculty. In this role she will support Title IX as related to faculty.

Megan Cohara

Megan Cohara  (Confidential Resource)
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