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Equal Opportunity Director

Phone: (352) ***-****  
Local Address:  Gainsville , Florida , United States
Equal Opportunity

Employment History

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- Florida, 1 Dec 2010 [cached]
Ida Rawls Equal Opportunity Director Alachua County Office of Equal Opportunity 105 SE One Avenue, Suite 1 P.O. Box 1467 Gainsville, Florida 32602 Phone: 352-374-5275 Fax: 352-338-3205
MLK Youth workshop targets girls, 20 Jan 2002 [cached]
"That's a lot of women in jail," Rawls said."There's a war against us and we've got to decide what we need to do to fight it."
Avoiding the path leading to prison and finding a way to achieve personal goals was the topic of discussion in separate workshops for boys and girls at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center in Gainesville.
"There are some beautiful black women in this room, and all of you have what it takes to make a difference in this world," said Ida Rawls, director of the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Division, at the workshop for young women."Don't allow your life to be destroyed before you get started," she said.
Meshon Rawls tried to coax the reticent group into sharing their personal experiences and concerns about the challenges they face.
"We've got to start looking at ourselves and asking, 'What can I do?What am I doing right now that's not so positive that I can change?'" she said.
Not getting pregnant is a good start, she said.
Ida Rawls pounded the point in harder."Not all of us have grandmas who feel like taking care of babies," she said."You'll be sitting there with a baby, and where's the guy?He's got another girlfriend."
Girls who have been physically or sexually abused face even more obstacles to success than most children, and so it's important for them to tell someone of their abuse, Meshon Rawls said."You don't have to keep quiet," she said."The longer you stay in a situation, the worse it is for you."
Ida Rawls told the girls about a 10th-grader who showed her the fist-sized bruise on her thigh, courtesy of her boyfriend."If a guy is going to hit you, talk down to you, make you feel bad about yourself - you don't need that young man.They don't hit you because they love you," she said.
The workshop participants slowly offered ideas about what they needed to do to graduate from high school, including saying no to drugs, attending class and making good grades, choosing friends carefully, being a role model for younger siblings, respecting others and maintaining a positive attitude.
Inquiry exonerates EO office, director, 15 Nov 2001 [cached]
Gainesville-based Jordan & Associates recently released results of a three-month investigation of the office and Ida Rawls, director of the county's equal opportunity department.
EEOC to review county practices, 27 July 2001 [cached]
There's only so much we can do from this office , said county equal opportunity Director Ida Rawls.We can't directly initiate a charge ourselves , and we can't impose fines..
But the EEOC can file charges against employers and impose fines if the charges are found to be justified.
But Rawls said the investigation was the EEOC's idea.
A couple of weeks ago I got a call from them , saying , 'We'd like to come to town , why don't you invite us?' Rawls said.
Around the Region, 27 Feb 2002 [cached]
Appearing before the Alachua County Commission, Gabe Kaimowitz said County Commissioner Rodney Long, County Equal Opportunity Director Ida Rawls and former Gainesville Equal Opportunity Director Darrell Elmore, among several others, have misused their positions to gain money and further exclusively black causes.
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