Live Blog: Campus SaVE Rulemaking, Day 2
Analysis: The second day of the negotiated rulemaking for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act concluded today after about seven hours of mostly in-depth and issues-focused conversation. The group discussed the following key aspects of the new law: counting and reporting formats, disciplinary proceedings, training officials on campus, the simultaneous and in-writing notification of involved parties, appeals requirements, nondisclosure agreements, outcomes of proceedings, a definition around applicable jurisdiction, and technical changes from the law. You’ll have to read the liveblog below for details on each topic, but there was some agreement on ways forward in creating rules. Excellent news early in the negotiated rulemaking process. Overall, there were good suggestions from negotiators to balance the needs of survivors with schools’ concerns.
While conversations were going on today, the Department of Education updated their website to include the resources negotiators were using. Great news for all of us following along. Be sure to check out the issue papers in particular and see how the conversation below matched up with points raised there.
We’ll be back on February 24 when negotiators will have draft regulatory language in front of them for consideration. In the meantime, if you’re following along and have questions or concerns about what’s being discussed, email us firstname.lastname@example.org or shoot us a tweet @AAUWPolicy.
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Live Blog: Campus SaVE Rulemaking, Day 1
What You Need to Know
Analysis: Today we were in the audience for the first day of the negotiated rulemaking around the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act. Ultimately, these provisions will help schools reduce campus sexual assault and violence. Negotiated rulemakings are an interesting process (learn more here: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/hea08/neg-reg-faq.html) and the day started with a bit of housekeeping – three new alternate members were added to the panel (one additional nominee was not), the group agreed to consensus procedures, and an agenda was worked out.
The rest of the day was devoted to figuring out the new terms that need definitions, and discussing concerns around statistical reporting. You can check out a picture of the big whiteboard of terms (ever expanding) in the liveblog for a sense of what was on negotiators’ minds. When it comes to data collection, there was a bit of disagreement and we’ll be watching this closely. Some negotiators don’t support reporting incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking separately from the current Clery crime categories, which include crimes like aggravated assault and burglary. Students and administrators might then lose the ability to assess the scope of these problems on campus, making it harder to put an end to them. We will be back Tuesday at 9 a.m. for day two.
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If you have preconceived notions about models being dumb and coders being nerdy white dudes, prepare to abandon them. Lyndsey Scott has modeled for brands like DKNY, Victoria’s Secret, Gucci and Prada. But she also knows Python, Objective C, and iOS, and builds apps in her spare time.
In a profile by Carmel Diamicis on Pando Daily, Scott explains that she graduated from Amherst College in 2006 with a dual-degree in computer science — and 3 years later, found herself modeling for Calvin Klein, as “the first ever African American to get an exclusive contract with the company for New York Fashion Week.”
But up until recently, while modeling, her tech background was kept secret. She tells Diamicis:
The industry makes an effort to reduce the model and, in a way, simplify things. The way they marketed me a lot of times was as younger than I am. They wouldn’t talk about my education, they wouldn’t talk about me… In a way I understand. Youth is valued more than a college education.
One of Scott’s apps — available in the Apple store — is called iPort, and it’s basically a digital portfolio for models. (She tells Business Insider she started coding in middle school!)As seen in this tongue-in-cheek video, Scott is not just smart and beautiful — she’s also got a sense of humor. She also wrote a moving Quora post about going from physically unattractive to physically attractive:
Yes! Women who code are awesome.
Normally on occasions like this I like to complain, loudly and at length, about the dearth of roles for women, but actually this year they seem to have behaved like buses in London, where you wait for hours for the right one, and then suddenly seventeen come along at once.
Minimal Posters - Six Women Who Changed Science. And The World.
We want all of these.
A new report on the gender wage gap among young people said the 7 percent difference in men and women’s wages was “near parity.” Last time we checked, 7 percent of a pay check was quite a bit of money. It adds up to thousands and thousands of dollars lost over a lifetime, and that loss has major consequences, especially in retirement. Shouldn’t pay for men and women be equal, not “near parity”?
If you’re like us, you LOVED watching Scandal’s recent takedown of sexist media. We were even more thrilled because it perfectly illustrates one of the topics we discuss in our Elect Her—Campus Women Win trainings. Jhazi, a woman who recently participated in an Elect Her training at Howard University, explains:
Why exactly are there so many articles about Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits? Why are women seen as mean or rigid when a man who would have made the same judgment call is just doing his job?
This topic suddenly became super important to me because it had just come up the day before I attended the workshop. Thursday night I missed the newest episode of my favorite TV show Scandal, and I caught up the night before the workshop. What better timing for this discussion about sexism when the episode featured a woman running for President of the United States who faces extreme sexist framing from the media?
Lisa Kudrow’s character gives this amazing, jaw-dropping speech about the sexism she has faced as a woman in politics. (That speech was probably top 5 in Scandal moments, but I digress.) She hits the nail on the head down to that fact that her interview introduction said something to the effect of her running for President being akin to a “Cinderella Story.” (It was subtle sexism but come on!)
Real-life women should take an approach similar to her verbal attack on sexism (whether in politics or the workplace). We need to make a bold statement and call out the misogynist or sexist coverage in the media for female candidates. The workbook for ElectHer included information about an organization called Name It. Change It. that does just that!
It’s time our public policies caught up with the needs of the modern family. That’s why Representative Rosa DeLauro and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act) earlier today. Tell your representatives in Congress to support this much-needed bill.