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CATCHING UP WITH... Q A uestion: Tell us about your new job at SMU: nswer: I was hired on at SMU at the end of October as the Title IX/Equal Opportunity Inves- tigator and Deputy Title IX Coor- dinator in the Office of Institutional Access and Equity. All colleges and universities that receive federal aid are required to have policies that pro- tect the rights of the people in their communities. Title IX dictates that colleges and universities prohibit dis- crimination based on sex. SMU has policies that provide protection to those in the SMU community from such discrimination and discrimina- tion based on protected class. As the Title IX/Equal Opportunity Investi- gator, my job is to investigate cases of alleged misconduct which could violate these policies. Q uestion: How did your job at Navarro open doors to your current position? A nswer: I worked at Navarro College for eight years. I began working as one of two investigators, addressing stu- dent conduct. After a few years, I became the sole student conduct investigator and was given the re- sponsibility of investigating Title IX cases as well. I developed skills in conducting interviews, case management, organization, etc. One of the most important skills that I learned is how to address young people that are transition- ing from juveniles to adults. I can confidently say that I would not have been prepared for the job I have now without first working at Navarro College. I worked with competent, hardworking individ- uals that gave me the opportunity to grow and motivated me to de- velop my skills as an investigator. 42 Q uestion: What advice do you give to students when you see them taking the wrong path? A nswer: I have spent a lot of time working with students that have made life-altering nega- tive decisions. I’ve been with them when they’ve been told that they can no longer be in college and I’ve been with them when they were arrested and about to go to jail. It is important for young peo- ple to stop taking their decisions for granted and learn to recognize the consequences that can come from those decisions. It’s easy to give in to peer pressure and reck- lessness. Everyone goes through that. The key to being a successful, mature adult is to recognize what one needs versus what one wants and making the right decision. It honestly took a long time for me to embrace that concept. Q uestion: What advice would you give to yourself five or ten years ago? A nswer: Five years ago, I’d tell myself to get a master’s de- gree. I work in a field that requires graduate degrees for upward mobility. Looking back, there was a lot of wasted time hanging out or watching Youtube that I would love to have back. Now, I’m planning on working toward that goal. Ten years ago, I’d tell myself to hit the books a little harder and to spend less time going out with friends. J A N - M A R C H 2 0 1 9 |   C O R S I C A N A DA I LY S U N | E X P LO R E C O R S I C A N A