WOOSTER, Ohio – Lori Makin-Byrd has been named Title IX coordinator and director of sexual violence prevention and response at The College of Wooster, effective March 27.
Reporting directly to the president, Makin-Byrd will oversee education for all students on consent and sexual violence prevention, and will work closely with the college’s investigators and adjudicators for Title IX cases to ensure that all processes meet best practices. She also will lead the college’s collaborative efforts with student organizations to develop a culture of sexual respect campus-wide.
Makin-Byrd comes to Wooster from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she currently serves as assistant dean for community standards and Title IX coordinator, overseeing Title IX compliance, education, support, and investigation. Prior to assuming that position, she was director of outreach services and health promotion at Eckerd, and taught there for three years as a visiting assistant professor of psychology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oberlin College and a master’s in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas.
“Lori brings to us a deep and varied set of skills,” said Sarah Bolton, Wooster’s president. “She is precisely the right person to help us continue this important work. Sexual violence causes great harm to those who experience it and we, as a community, are determined to do everything possible to eliminate it from our campus.”
“I’m excited to return to Ohio and start working with the College of Wooster community,” Makin-Byrd said. “I look forward to partnering with students, administration, and whole campus community to build on the important work already being done to create an environment that is safe, equitable, and supportive.”
The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. By working one-on-one with a faculty adviser to conceive, organize, and complete an original research project, written work, performance or art exhibit, every Wooster student develops independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.