University EEO, Inc. welcomes Tonya Gentry, Esq. to its Title IX Training Unit. Tonya is a trained mediator and former attorney with the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and currently provides consulting services as the founder of Equality Experience, LLC. In over 13 years of service with OCR, Tonya brings a wealth of knowledge in civil rights enforcement, having resolved a number of complex higher ed. cases, conducted site visits, trained senior level staffers on OCR compliance, and investigated Title IX allegations. Tonya is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill School of Law, and will lead University EEO’s Title IX Training nationally.
Prior to his tenure as CEO and Founder of University EEO, Inc. Lance served as the Assistant Vice-President for Legal Affairs & Human Resources with Delaware State University. In this role, Lance served as DSU’s Chief Legal Affairs, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Officer with responsibility to strategically manage all claims of discrimination and equal access (i.e., race, disability, gender, age, national origin, reasonable accommodations, etc.), including labor arbitrations, mediations, ULP defense, in congruence with all applicable laws, i.e., FMLA, ADA, ADEA, FERPA, Title VI, VII and IX, Clery Act, OSHA, USERRA, etc. Lance also developed comprehensive training programs to address EEO, diversity, ADA, Title VII, discrimination complaint procedures, sexual harassment, reasonable accommodations, etc. Prior to Delaware State, Lance served as a state investigator with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) where he investigated and mediated claims of discrimination pursuant to State and Federal (EEO) laws, i.e., sexual harassment/Discrimination, ADA, FMLA, ADEA, Title VII, etc.
Lance Houston is a graduate of Harvard University (Extension School), holds a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, an LL.M. in Labor and Employment Law from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School graduating with academic honors and will earn a Juridicae Scientiae Doctoral degree (JSD) in May 2020 from Thomas Jefferson School of Law with extensive doctoral research and full dissertation on the intersection of collective bargaining rights and Title IX policy and the upcoming 2018 U.S. Department of Education Title IX policy changes and its impact on public employees in American Higher Education. Lance Houston is a published law review article author with Hofstra University School of Law and on the roster of higher education expert witnesses in EEO/Title IX/Labor Law with Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.