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Elizabeth Tang

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Elizabeth Tang

Elizabeth Tang

Name of Host Organization: National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)
City, State: Washington, District of Columbia
Issue area: Education/Special Education
Sponsors: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The Project

Reduce all forms of sexual harassment/violence that create a hostile environment in K-12 schools, including by piloting a replicable model of education, advocacy, and representation in DC-area schools

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Children in K-12 schools face an epidemic of sexual harassment and violence. Besides the obvious physical and emotional harm, sexual harassment and violence also hurts academic performance, especially among low-income students. Although Title IX requires schools to ensure a harassment-free learning environment, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is currently investigating 90 cases of Title IX violations at 82 school districts.
The Right Person For This Project
Elizabeth is the right person for the project because:
• She has advocated for survivors of sexual violence, low-income communities, and communities of color at Harvard University, Apne Aap Women’s Collective in India, and the American Civil Liberties Union
• She has collaborated with administrators in both law school and business school to improve school climate and to conduct anti-discrimination trainings
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship
In the first six months, Elizabeth will:
• In D.C., educate students and families about their rights through workshops, social media campaigns, and know-your-rights toolkits
• In D.C., collaborate with school administrators to adopt and implement grievance procedures that comply with Title IX, including conducting trainings for school officials to ensure fair investigations and adjudications
• Outside of D.C, conduct client intake interviews and provide representation in school grievance, administrative, and/or judicial proceedings