Office of Gender Equity

***NOTICE: While still able to provide advocacy services, the Gender Equity Specialist is currently only available by phone and email at the contact information listed on this page. If you prefer to speak with someone in person, there are various other resources that may be available to you, depending on your circumstances. Please see the “Resources” page on this website for other offices, both on and off campus, that may be able to assist you. Again, you may contact the Gender Equity Specialist by phone or email for advocacy services, general inquiries, or for a referral to someone on campus.***

The Gender Equity Specialist is able to provide a confidential assessment for UH Manoa Students who may be  experiencing
• Sexual Harassment/Stalking
• Gender Discrimination
• Sexual Discrimination
• Sexual/Domestic Abuse or Violence

In addition, while we cannot promise confidentiality for UH Manoa Employees, we can provide assessments and consults for Staff and Faculty and can maintain your privacy. 

Call us if you want to discuss your options (i.e. reporting, seeking legal intervention, mediation) both within and without the UH System. We can offer referrals, counseling, advocacy, and/or dispute resolution as appropriate to fit your personal circumstance.  We are not mandated reporters to the UH Administration.

To arrange for a phone consultation, or to gather further information, please contact:

Jenna Friedman, J.D.
Gender Equity Specialist
Office of Gender Equity

We can help!

The Gender Equity Office is a LGBTI Safe Zone

  • April 24, 2015: Dear Colleague Letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon to school districts, colleges, and universities reminding them of their obligation to designate a Title IX coordinator. The Dear Colleague Letter is accompanied by a letter to Title IX coordinators that provides them with more information about their role and a Title IX resource guide that includes an overview of Title IX’s requirements with respect to several key issues.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create an educational and work environment on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s campus which is free from sexual harassment and discrimination by assisting students, faculty and staff with information, counseling and advocacy on matters relating to sexual harassment and discrimination.

Direct Services

The Office of Gender Equity offers direct services to victims and survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assaults. We encourage you to contact our office if you have questions about our direct services.

Brief descriptions of a few of our offered services are available here.

General Inquiries

The Office of Gender Equity also responds to general inquiries from students, staff, and faculty regarding situations potentially involving university community members.