Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Joel Aure as Skidmore's new Title IX
Coordinator, effective January 9, 2017. Joel currently serves as the Chief Diversity
and Affirmative Action Officer and Title IX Coordinator at Purchase College, State
University of New York (SUNY).
Joel has been with SUNY Purchase since 2005, holding positions of increasing responsibility
in a variety of areas, including academic advising, student success, teaching and
mentoring, orientation, first-year experience, affirmative action, strategic planning,
and governance. In his most recent role, as Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator,
Joel researched and implemented various components of Title IX practice and policies,
including best practices in investigations, compliance, bystander intervention, LGBTQ
awareness, and the numerous aspects of sexual and interpersonal violence prevention
A native of Monroeville, PA, Joel holds a B.A. and M.F.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins
University and Sarah Lawrence College, respectively.
At Skidmore, Joel will work as a partner with all campus community members to bolster
the College's prevention and educational efforts around prohibiting discrimination
on the basis of sex. He will be responsible for fulfilling our commitment to a fair
and equitable process to address serious matters of sexual and gender-based misconduct.
As previously announced, this is a newly-created position that will report directly
to me. Joel will oversee the College's Title IX efforts, as well as compliance with
related laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act. He will chair the College's
Advisory Council on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct and provide oversight of compliance
with all Title IX policies. He will manage reporting, keep the community informed
of policy changes and updates, supervise annual training, administer investigations,
and provide direction to our Deputy Title IX coordinators in Student Affairs, Academic
Affairs, and Human Resources. Finally, he will work closely with Campus Safety and
our off-campus partners, including law enforcement and counseling resources.
I want to express my deep gratitude for the terrific work of the screening group that
included Max Fleischman '19, Chris Kopec, Alena Llorens-Myers, Mariel Martin, Tim
Munro, DyAnna Washington '18, and Joshua C. Woodfork (chair). Thanks to the many students,
staff, and faculty members who interacted with our candidates and provided valuable
feedback. This process was ably assisted by Tom Molloy as our search consultant.
I also want to thank Sarah Delaney Vero who has served as our Interim Title IX Coordinator.
I am grateful for her excellent work and willingness to step in and assist us during
Please join me in welcoming our new colleague Joel when we return to campus after
our extended winter break.