Office of Gender Equity


The Office of Gender Equity staff have transitioned to new positions within the University System. The Office of Gender Equity will be closed until further staffing arrangements can be made. Please see our campus resources for further support.

As of January 4, 2016, communications with Rachel Quinajon are no longer confidential. This will not impact the confidential communications already shared with the UHM Office of Gender Equity prior to January 4th.


  • 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.

Our online contact form is available here.

Trainings, Workshops, and Seminars

The Office of Gender Equity offers training to the campus population on interpersonal, inter-gender and cross-cultural communication, student, faculty and staff rights and responsibilities, and other issues relating to sexual harassment in academia, and interpretation of state and federal guidelines and procedures. In addition, the Gender Equity Specialist offers general sexual harassment awareness workshops to the UH Mānoa campus.

Materials Development

The Office of Gender Equity develops a variety of materials to help provide rights access to the UHM community, and to assist with the institutional response when there are issues related to sexual harassment and discrimination.

General Inquiries

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