Title IX leadership


The University of Washington carries out the objectives of Title IX through a coordinated system of initiatives, programs, and services that collectively protect educational access, advance gender equity, and prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender discrimination. Title IX applies to and protects students, staff, faculty, other academic personnel and visitors at the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses as well as other sites and programs affiliated with the University.


The University will be a leader and model within higher education for achieving gender equity, and providing and maintaining a respectful learning and working environment free from sexual harassment, sexual violence and gender discrimination.


The Title IX Steering Committee provides strategic guidance for Title IX-related work at all UW campuses and locations.

Strategic priorities

The Title IX Steering Committee has identified three strategic priorities for the university. Work groups have been appointed to develop and provide recommendations to the steering committee.

Title IX Coordinator

Valery Richardson
Roosevelt Commons East, Box 354996, 4311 11th Avenue NE, Suite 505, Seattle, WA 98105

The Title IX Coordinator can assist any member of the University of Washington community with concerns or inquiries regarding Title IX. Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership to advance the University’s Title IX mission, vision and strategic priorities
  • Provide information and assistance to individuals who wish to raise a complaint or have concerns or questions regarding Title IX
  • Consult and collaborate with a broad network of University partners, offices, and programs who in turn provide support, resources and outreach on Title IX matters and initiatives
  • Assist the University entities responsible for investigating and responding to Title IX complaints, including coordination of response to each complaint
  • Facilitate University-wide Title IX-related education and outreach
  • Monitor and coordinate compliance with federal, state, and local laws, resolution agreements, and regulatory guidance related to Title IX
  • Identify and coordinate response to patterns or systemic issues relating to sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, or other Title IX concerns