RISE Director Becomes Texas Tech's New Title IX Administrator

Kimberly Simón will be in charge of the university’s efforts to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all students.

Kimberly Simón

Kimberly Simón

Kimberly Simón, director of the Texas Tech University Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE) office, has been named as the university’s Title IX administrator.

Title IX guarantees that a person’s sex cannot be used to exclude them, deny them benefits or subject them to discrimination under any federally funded education program or activity. In her new role, Simón will be responsible for coordinating the university’s Title IX efforts with deputy coordinators, Title IX investigators, the Office of Student Conduct and support coordinators to ensure Texas Tech is providing education, prevention efforts and response to Title IX complaints in compliance with federal and state requirements.

It’s a role her experience in RISE has prepared her for. Through RISE, Simón has gained a better understanding of the university’s Title IX efforts and successes.

“The unfortunate reality is that sexual assault and domestic violence are issues that can impact anyone, including our students,” she said. “What I like most about working at Texas Tech, is that the university has always prioritized Title IX and ensured our students feel safe talking about any issues they’ve experienced. This position will formalize and operationalize all the great work our investigators, deputy coordinators and support coordinators have been doing. I’m looking forward to working with our fantastic team to continue progress toward our goal of ending gender based harassment on our campus.”

Simón holds a master’s degree and doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech. With experience in addiction and recovery, collegiate substance use, relational and sexual violence, and campus programming, Simón has taught courses in the Community, Family and Addiction Sciences department since its creation. She has worked in outpatient treatment programs, inpatient treatment centers and juvenile justice facilities, providing individual, group and family therapy for clients. She also is a trained crisis specialist who worked in a domestic violence shelter. She became the director of RISE in 2015.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Simòn’s background and expertise on campus to appoint to this important role,” said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech president. “She has been a wonderful resource for our students, faculty and staff in the RISE office and I look forward to her future contributions as Title IX Administrator.”

Simón will begin her new position on May 15. RISE assistant director Anneliese Bustillo and Dean of Students Matt Gregory will oversee the RISE office during the search for its new director.


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