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Risa Isard

Risa Isard graduates from Duke University in May 2012 with a self-designed degree in ‘Social Change at the Intersection of Culture, Gender, and Sports.’ At Duke, she spent three years as a manager for the women’s basketball team and one year on the varsity rowing team. She is also the past-editor of the Blue Devils United Blog, which is sponsored by undergraduate LGBTQ and allies organization of the same name. This essay includes excerpts and research from her honors thesis, ‘Towards a Level Playing Field: The Forces and Faces Behind Title IX and Women’s Educational Equality, 1969-1975.’