Emory welcomes new Title IX coordinator
Emory Report | Oct. 3, 2017
Supria Kuppuswamy returns to Emory as the university's new Title IX coordinator and special assistant to the vice provost for equity and inclusion, after previously serving in Emory Law's Office of Career Services from 2006 to 2009.
Supria Kuppuswamy joined Emory Oct. 2 as the university's new Title IX coordinator and special assistant to the vice provost for equity and inclusion, bringing years of experience in diversity management to the role.
Kuppuswamy will oversee the university’s response, obligations and responsibilities to Title IX and ensure the Title IX policy, procedures, protocols and practices are in alignment with federal regulations.
She will also develop and deliver university-wide training programs for faculty, staff and students for the newly created Office of Title IX, a unit of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and will represent the Office of Equity and Inclusion in all matters related to Title IX and other compliance initiatives.
"Ms. Kuppuswamy brings many strengths to her new role, including federal compliance experience," says Lynell Cadray, vice provost for equity and inclusion. "She has a passion and commitment to advancing the work of equity and inclusion and the objectivity to promote prompt, effective and equitable practices to the Emory community."
Kuppuswamy earned her BA in English from Vanderbilt University and her JD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
She returns to Emory after working in Emory Law's Office of Career Services from 2006 to 2009. Her career then took her to New York City, where she served as manager of diversity initiatives and then manager of career development and diversity for Chadbourne & Parke LLP, followed by serving as senior legal personnel manager for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
"I'm very excited to come back to Emory," Kuppuswamy says. "I really enjoyed working with students, staff and faculty at the law school, and am thrilled about being able to engage with the entire Emory community this time around."
Her new role fits well with her "longstanding personal and professional interests in working on civil rights issues in higher education," she notes.
"I think members of the Emory community want to have the best experience we can possibly have here. In order to achieve this goal, we must have an inclusive environment where community members feel safe," Kuppuswamy says. "The Title IX coordinator advances these ends by ensuring that Emory's programs and processes are free from sex-based discrimination, and by educating community members on what constitutes this type of discrimination and how it can be avoided."