Office of Gender Equity

The Office of Gender Equity 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 an appointment, or to gather further information, please contact:

Jenna Friedman, J.D.
Gender Equity Specialist
Office of Gender Equity
or drop by our office:
QLC for Student Services Building
Room 210
UH Manoa Campus

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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.

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.