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Texas Tech recognized for empowering women

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Texas Tech University recently was recognized by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) as one of seven schools that empower women.

The list, which was released on AAUW's website March 25, comprises colleges and universities that have done work to "make the world a more equitable place for women."

"Texas Tech is proud to make our campus a safe and equal place for women through programming, initiatives, administrative support and education," said President M. Duane Nellis.

Texas Tech was specifically recognized for the work the Women's Studies Program has done to address harassment, sexual assault and rape culture at Texas Tech and on college campuses. The Women's Studies Program held a panel this spring based on President Obama's task force on sexual assault.

"It is an honor to be part of a campus that recognizes that empowering women contributes to the excellence for which we strive," said Charlotte Dunham, director for the Women's Studies Program. "The Rape Culture Panel is an important step toward creating a safe and secure environment where women can be free to grow personally and intellectually."

The Rape Culture Panel featured Provost Lawrence Schovanec, Dean of Students Amy Murphy and representatives from University Housing and the Student Counseling Center.

"With the implementation of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, we knew it was time to increase the visibility of past, current and future co-curricular programming we have offered," said Tricia Earl, unit coordinator and academic advisor for the Women's Studies Program. "We will continue to support our campus advocates to host more forums to discuss how well Texas Tech measures up to disseminate and engage in preventative programming on our campus to counteract rape culture."

Currently, Texas Tech offers programs, events and support on campus to provide information and promote women's safety and equality on campus and in the community including film screenings, campaigns such as Denim Day, "Take Back the Night," and fundraising events for the Women's Protective Services of Lubbock.

"Women's Studies is one example of the many campus partners working to improve the climate for students at Texas Tech University as it relates to gender-based violence," said Cathy Duran, associate vice provost for student affairs. "This is part of a comprehensive campus commitment to address gender discrimination through the prevention of and response to sexual violence."

The full list can be found at AAUW.org.

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