Keynote Speaker: Rhasheda S. Douglas, Esq.

Rhasheda S. DouglasWe are pleased to announce Ms. Rhasheda S. Douglas, Esq. as the keynote speaker for NJIT’s first Title IX Student Summit. Ms. Douglas is an expert on Title IX as well as Title VI, and Title II of the ADA. She is a former Supervisory Attorney/Team Leader for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Ms. Douglas provided leadership, guidance and assistance to a case team, which processed approximately 600 complaints annually, to ensure that complaint processing activities were completed in accordance with agency regulations, policies and relevant case law. In addition, Ms. Douglas conducted subject matter training for staff on topics such as investigating harassment complaints under Title IX and Title VI and direct threat assessment under Title II.

Rhasheda Douglas has also served as the Title IX Manager at Rowan University, in the Office of Equity and Diversity. At Rowan University, she provided key guidance in ensuring the University’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of the Campus Save Act. She also developed and delivered in-depth training regarding Title IX, VAWA, Rowan’s Student Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy and other related issues; and conducted investigations of complaints alleging sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and gender-related violence, including sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence, involving undergraduate and graduate students.

Recently, Ms. Douglas was appointed as Director of the Minority Student Program at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey. As Director, it is her responsibility to establish the program which provides academic support, mentoring, and internships to students who, regardless of race or ethnic origin, can demonstrate through a history of socio-economic or educational experiences, that they have been disadvantaged.