Women’s Athletics

Location:  9th row  

Installed: 2020 

          On June 23, 1972, the President signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., into law. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices. 

         For DePaul and every school like it, the legislation opened the door for equal programming in many avenues of education, which includes women in athletics.  In that endeavor, two lifelong DePaul staffers, Jeanne Lenti-Ponsetto, and Doug Bruno stand out as vanguards.  Both are leaders of their particular fields in athletics.  Both are respected on the national stage of athletics in general, and Women’s Athletics in particular.  

        This pillar has the intent of showcasing the many accomplishments of DePaul’s program for female student athletes, as well the main people behind these accomplishments.  But it also is intended to give due respect to the efforts of Jeanne and Doug.  Who, for over forty years here at DePaul, were the true models of excellence both in the classroom as well as the field of play.