Dr. Murray is off this week and requested that I sub as a guest lecturer, so this week you get an exciting HR addition of the Friday letter!! As you all know, there is nothing more exciting than Human Resources…
It’s hard to believe that it has been 6 months since I joined the Cascadia team; it has been a blur. Thanks to all of you for being so welcoming and friendly. It didn’t take long for me to feel at home here. I have done my best to meet all of you and I apologize if we have not had time to chat, please feel free to stop by the HR offices anytime and say hello.
In this special HR addition, I wanted to accomplish two things: tell you a bit about myself and provide a brief update on one area that has been at the top of my list since coming aboard, Title IX.
About me: Who is Martin “Marty” Philip Logan? (Side note: I had many people in high school who did not know my last name, it was always just “Marty”).
- A native of the Pacific Northwest – I have lived here almost my entire life within about 5-15 miles of the College. No reason to leave because, so far, I have not found a better place in the country.
- A huge Seattle Sport fan – any team, you name it. Big win last Sunday for the Hawks, hopefully you are sporting your blue Friday gear today. Looking forward to watching the Sounders rematch of last year’s MLS cup tomorrow.
- A career HR professional – some past roles include: many years in customers service management, HR Consulting with Waldron (Seattle based firm), recruiting with the Seattle College District, and HR Director at North Seattle College.
- A lifelong learner – I am always looking to expand my skills and knowledge. As far as my formal credentials go, I have an AA from Edmonds CC (also spent some time at Shoreline), a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from U-Dub, and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Seattle U. I also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) a Career Transition Consultant.
- Family focused – both my wife and I have most of our family in the area and we enjoy spending time with all of them whenever we can. We also have a rescue dog that has quite the personality. She is about 6.5 lbs and can run like the wind. Gold star for whoever can guess the breed. Hint: She is an unusual combination, with one breed associated with a bus line and the other with a Mexican fast food company.
About Title IX: What is it? Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in educational 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.
Title IX has been a hot topic with the current administration. In September, Betsy DeVos, US Secretary of Education, announced she would be rescinding Obama’s Title IX sexual assault guidelines. The Department of Education will need to engage in a formal process to make any changes. This has not been done yet. For the time being, the College will maintain the Discrimination Complaint Procedure recently adopted by our Board of Trustees. This procedure outlines how Cascadia handles Title IX complaints. It is based on a model policy created by the Attorney General’s Office and has been vetted by our legal counsel. You can view all the information here:
Cascadia just sent seven employees to a Title IX training at Bates Technical College. We hope to use this additional expertise to further define our processes moving forward.
Thanks for your time and have a great weekend. GO HAWKS and Scarves UP!