"Title IX Transforms" - A Bwog Interview with Title IX Coordinator Marjory Fisher

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Title IX Transforms: An Interview With New Title IX Coordinator Marjory Fisher

By Nikki Shaner-Bradford
Bwog's Nikki Shaner-Bradford interviews Columbia’s newest Title IX Coordinator Marjory Fisher on the various aspects of her exciting and important position. 

Title IX has a persistent presence on campus. From SVR training to conversations both in and outside of the classroom on campus sexual assault, harassment, and the gender politics of the intellectually vibrant community that comprises our student body, reference to the 1972 amendment is common. However, when a new Title IX coordinator was appointed at the beginning of the semester, the university was surprisingly quiet. Therefore, on behalf of Bwog, I set out to learn more about our new Prosecuter-turned-Title IX Administrator, Marjory Fisher.


Marjory Fisher is not your typical administrator. This fact is evident not only in a brief glance at her bio on the Sexual Respect Initiative page — which boasts, among other accolades, a laundry list of detective and legal work that seems stolen straight from the resume of SVU’s own Olivia Benson — but also upon first meeting her.


As I enter Fisher’s office underneath Philosophy Hall, all the biographical tidbits and legal jargon I’ve been compiling over the past week align. Fisher greets me immediately upon arrival, and we sit down at her table to begin our interview. While I organize my questions, she asks about my classes and listens intently to my answers. Fisher is calm, collected, and interested – the perfect detective.


When asked about how she’s liking Columbia thus far, her answer is immediate and definitive: “I love it.”


Bwog: How would you explain your role at Columbia University? Why is the role of the Title IX coordinator important on both the university and the student side?


Marjory Fisher: My role is really to do the best than I can to ensure a harassment-free environment. I’m very involved with consulting with the Gender-Based Misconduct Office on their cases and their reports […] I think my job is important in ensuring that fair investigations are done and that they’re done as expeditiously as we can do them, and coming to a just result. Also, doing as much work in prevention as we possibly can.


Read the full article here.