JENNIFER ROSE

Office of Institutional Equity, UH System

Jenn is the Director of the University of Hawaii Office of Institutional Equity, which coordinates and oversees the University’s system-wide policies and initiatives related to Title IX and VAWA.  For over 25 years, Jenn has worked as an attorney and advocate to address the intersections of gender-based violence, cultural and linguistic access and immigrant rights. She is a trainer and frequently called upon as an authority on the utilization of legal and advocacy strategies to combat sexual harassment and gender based violence. 


Prior to her appointment as Director of OIE, Jenn served as the Gender Equity Specialist at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa for over eight years, providing advocacy and case management services and strengthening institutional responses to Title IX and sex discrimination. Since 2005, she has taught the Family Law Clinic at the William S. Richardson School of Law, a course on domestic violence and civil remedies and was twice recognized as the “Adjunct Professor of the Year Award” for her teaching. Prior to becoming faculty at UHM, Jenn worked for ten years at the Domestic Violence Action Center in Hawaii as a managing attorney and their first director of community engagement, developing programs toward increasing access to services for immigrant survivors and other underserved populations.


Throughout her career, Jenn has been recognized for advocacy work on gender equity, civil rights and gender violence advocacy on behalf of marginalized populations.  In 2018, she was presented the “Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year Award” by Hawaii Women Lawyers for her work on Title IX and gender equity in higher education. In 2012, she was recognized by the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation, the Hawai‘i State Senate and Hawaii State House of Representatives for her work on Title IX issues. In 2011, the Hawaii Bar Association’s “Champion for Social Justice Award”, a distinction given to an attorney who advocates for social justice in the face of controversy. In 2006, Ms. Rose received the Hawai‘i Women Legal Foundation’s “Rhoda Lewis Award” for outstanding public interest work. 


Jenn is active in the legal community, and has served on the board of Hawaii Women Lawyers for ten years and on numerous committees of the Hawaii Supreme Court and the Hawaii Commission on Access to Justice, with a focus on increasing gender equity and language access within court systems. For many years, she has served on advisory of the National Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Gender Based Violence and, more recently, on the Hawaii Advisory of the Joyful Heart Foundation.