How To Navigate The 2020 Virtual Annual Conference Lobby Page

The 2020 Annual Virtual Conference will be a mix of live zoom links and recordings of presentations with live Q&A session links following. Although you do not need to follow-along at the schedule below, it would be best, to ensure full use of the Q&A sessions and live sessions. Click here to view a PDF of the schedule of events, showing which ones are recorded, live, and the times for all of the 2020 Annual Virtual Conference.

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Post-Event Presentation Recordings

By October 16, 2020 all of the presentation recordings will be uploaded here on your Lobby. The Lobby will be available until January 8, 2021, please take advantage of this time and view/download all items prior to this date.

October 7, 2020 Direct Link

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Opening Keynote: The ‘me too.’ Movement

10:00am – 11:30am ET – Attend Live Presentation and Q&A

Tarana Burke
Founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement and Advocate for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Tarana will speak about the origins of the ‘me too.’ Movement and the premise – that the power of empathy is key to survivors’ healing – that it is built on. She talks candidly about why sexual violence is so rampant in our culture and talks about concrete ways that every day citizens can interrupt it. Her talk is a call to action that is meant to inspire and motivate all who are affected by sexual violence- which is everyone.

Tarana is fueled by a commitment to the interruption of sexual violence and other systemic issues disproportionately impacting marginalized people — particularly Black women and girls. Tarana has created and led campaigns which have shone a spotlight on the harm perpetrated against communities of color. Specifically, Tarana’s work to end sexual violence has exposed the ugly truths of sexism, has spoken truth to power, has increased access to resources and support for survivors, and has paved the way forward for an expanding and inclusive movement.

A proud native of the Bronx, NY, Tarana’s passion for community organizing began in the late 1980s. As a young girl, she joined a youth development organization called 21st Century. She launched initiatives around issues including racial discrimination, housing inequality and economic justice. That work, coupled with a desire to deepen her academic education and community organizing skills, eventually led her to Alabama State University, a historically black institution.

Tarana’s organizing and advocacy work continued throughout college. Upon moving to Selma, Alabama, her career took an intentional turn toward supporting survivors of sexual violence. She encountered a Black girl who shared her story of sexual violence and abuse. Soon she found herself meeting dozens more. As a survivor herself, these were the stories with which she identified personally. Tarana faced the realization that too many girls were suffering and surviving abuse without access to resources, safe spaces and support.

Tarana’s theory of “empowerment through empathy” is changing the way the world thinks and talks about sexual violence, consent and body autonomy. Tarana has used her platform to share her long standing belief that healing is not a destination, but a journey. This philosophy has inspired millions of survivors who previously had to live in isolation to deal with the pain, shame and trauma of their experience. Tarana’s steadfast commitment to the cause has led to numerous accolades including 2017 TIME Person of the Year, and the 2019 Sydney Peace Prize, among many other honors.

Your Zoom Link will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Opening Keynote and will no longer be visible after the presentation until the recording is posted on this site by October 16, 2020.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Roundtable Session One

11:45am-12:30pm ET – Attend Live Roundtable

Your Zoom Links will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Roundtables. Please choose one option below to attend the small-group roundtables. These same roundtable topics will repeat in Roundtable Session Two, today from 2:30pm-3:15pm ET.

11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Informal Resolutions

Rick Olshak, M.S., Civil Rights, Conflict Resolution, and Student Conduct Professional and Founder, Olshak Consulting Services and ATIXA Advisory Board

Joni Baker, Ph.D., Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the Texas A&M University System and ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Intersection of BIT & Title IX

Makenzie Schiemann, M.S., Vice President of Case Management Initiatives at TNG & Director of NaBITA

Kim Pacelli, M. Ed., J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Diversity & Equity

Georgina Dodge, Ph.D., Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, University of Maryland & ATIXA Advisory Board

Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Equity, Access & Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator, Tiffin University & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Title IX in the K-12 Setting

Kim Kennedy, Paralegal and Title IX Coordinator, Indianapolis Public Schools & ATIXA Advisory Board

Jan Perry Evenstad, Ph.D., Executive Director, Western Educational Equity Assistance Center, Professor of Secondary Education, Metropolitan State University of Denver & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Athletics and Title IX

Peg Pennypacker, C.A.A., Founder, High School Title IX Consulting Services & ATIXA Advisory Board

Erin Buzuvis, J.D., Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Western New England University School of Law & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Advocacy and Prevention

Michelle Issadore, M. Ed., Executive Vice President, Association and Training Operations, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Title IX & Race

Tanyka M. Barber, J.D., Senior Associate with TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board

Sheilah Vance, J.D., Private Practice & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Title IX in the Community College Setting

Natti Marlaire, Ed.S., Director of Advising and Services, Chippewa Valley Technical College & ATIXA Advisory Board

Samantha Folb, J.D., Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer, Cabrillo College & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Free Speech and Sexual Harassment

Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Investigation Best Practices

Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., Chair, TNG & President, ATIXA

Joseph Vincent, M.L.S., Senior Associate Consultant with TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Featured Sessions A (choose 1 of 3)

12:40pm-1:25pm ET – Watch Recorded Session
1:30pm-2:00pm ET – Attend Live Q&A Session

The Presentation Recordings and Zoom Links will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Featured Session A. Please choose one option below to watch the Recorded Presentation at 12:40pm ET. At 1:30pm ET click on the Live Q&A Link directly under the embedded video to attend the Q&A Session. (We recommend attending the live Q&A session associated with the session you watched)

Is your K-12 District Ready? A Review and Facilitated Discussion of the Implications of the 2020 Title IX Regulations on K-12


John Shields, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Senior Research Scientist, ETR

Does it seem like the new regulations were developed without full understanding of the K-12 context? This session will identify and discuss the most significant implications of the pending Title IX regulations on K-12 Districts and Schools. Participants will emerge with an understanding of how the new regulations will specifically affect their District’s Title IX infrastructure, practices, and compliance – and have the opportunity to craft and discuss solutions with their K-12 colleagues. Participants will be provided a written primer on the regulations they can use to inform stakeholders at their District.

Dr. John Shields is a Senior Research Scientist at ETR. He served as a special education teacher in psychoeducational settings, a juvenile probation officer, and a crisis intervention worker in psychiatric settings before turning to research, evaluation, and software development. For the past 20 years, John has been working with K-12 Districts to evaluate their health and wellness programs, including: ATOD prevention; HIV/AIDS prevention; mentoring; nutrition and physical activity; trauma-informed practices; restorative justice; violence prevention; comprehensive sex education, and school-based mental health programs. For the past five years, John has also served as the Director of ETR’s K12T9 Initiative, which supports K-12 Districts in their efforts to strengthen their sexual and gender-based harassment prevention and intervention programs in compliance with Title IX.


The Presentation Recordings and Zoom Links will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Featured Session A. Please choose one option below to watch the Recorded Presentation at 12:40pm ET. At 1:30pm ET click on the Live Q&A Link directly under the embedded video to attend the Q&A Session. (We recommend attending the live Q&A session associated with the session you watched)

Leaving Nothing to Chance: Intentional Applications of Informal Conflict Resolution Methods in the Title IX Environment

Rick Olshak, M.S.
Director of Title IX Compliance, Texas A&M University System & ATIXA Advisory Board Member & TNG Affiliated Consultant

Higher education has a long history of seeking to use informal methods of conflict resolution to address allegations of misconduct. Unfortunately, many of the efforts of colleges and universities have been ill-conceived and short-lived. In this session, Rick will identify specific areas of conflict resolution methods that hold promise to remedy civil rights allegations, and identify the conditions required for these efforts to thrive. Rick will specifically examine mediation, restorative practices, and conflict coaching, and offer a historical perspective on the need for institutional leadership, establishing the right programs and services for the individual community and its members, identifying and allocating appropriate resources, developing a culture and assessment, and establishing a sustainable program.

Rick Olshak has served as the Director of Title IX Compliance for The Texas A&M University System since 2016. Previously, Rick spent twenty-six years as a student affairs professional at three different universities (Georgetown University, SUNY-Cortland, and Illinois State University), specializing in student conduct and conflict resolution, crisis management, and program evaluation and assessment. Rick is a past president of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), a current member of the ATIXA Advisory Board, and is the author of Mastering Mediation: A Guide for Training Mediators in a College and University Setting.


The Presentation Recordings and Zoom Links will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Featured Session A. Please choose one option below to watch the Recorded Presentation at 12:40pm ET. At 1:30pm ET click on the Live Q&A Link directly under the embedded video to attend the Q&A Session. (We recommend attending the live Q&A session associated with the session you watched)

The New Title IX Regulations: How Not to Get Sued — Best Practices and Lessons to Apply from Title IX Respondent Litigation

 

Lorie K. Dakessian, Esquire,
Partner & Chair of the Title IX, Due Process and Campus Discipline, Conrad O’Brien

Patricia Hamill, Esquire,
Partner & Chair of the Title IX, Due Process and Campus Discipline, Conrad O’Brien

The new Title IX regulations have laid out a robust grievance process before any finding of responsibility or discipline can be imposed on a responding student.  This presentation will focus on possible pitfalls for Title IX coordinators, investigators, and decision makers as colleges and universities begin to navigate new policies and procedures mandated by the new regulations.  In addition to a focus on the new regulations, this presentation will discuss key Title IX decisions that will likely inform how courts interpret key concepts in the new regulations, including fairness, notice, access to evidence, proper training, bias, stereotypes, and hearing processes.  The presenters will use this current and existing legal precedent to discuss best practices in Title IX student disciplinary proceedings.  The program presenters are nationally renowned for their work in this area and have been involved with some of the highest profile cases on behalf of respondent students in the country.

Lorie Dakessian’s Biography

Lorie Dakessian is the Vice Chair of the Title IX, Due Process and Campus Discipline practice at Conrad O’Brien, PC. She represents college students and professors nationwide who are under investigation or who have been disciplined by their colleges or universities for alleged violations of sexual harassment and misconduct policies following campus disciplinary proceedings, or complainants who raise and pursue sexual assault or harassment claims within universities. She works closely with students and their families to help them navigate and fully prepare for investigations and hearings. Where resolution cannot be achieved, she has filed lawsuits for breach of contract, violation of Title IX (or other civil rights statutes) and tort liability. The firm’s Title IX practice has represented over 200 students nationwide in disciplinary matters or related litigation involving more than 70 colleges and universities. Given her experience, Lorie has spoken extensively on defending students and professors in Title IX and disciplinary actions. In addition to her representation of college students, Lorie represents clients in white-collar criminal matters, internal investigations and professional malpractice litigation.

Patricia Hamill’s Biography

Patricia M. Hamill is the Chair of the Title IX, Due Process and Campus Discipline practice at Conrad O’Brien, PC.  She represents college students and professors nationwide who are subjected to campus disciplinary proceedings or who have been disciplined by their colleges for alleged sexual misconduct following such proceedings.  Patricia often attempts to resolve cases behind the scenes.  Where resolution cannot be achieved, she has filed lawsuits for breach of contract, violation of Title IX (or other civil rights statutes) and tort liability on the basis that colleges’ investigation and adjudication procedures failed to ensure the students’ fundamental due process rights, discriminated against them on the basis of sex and breached the schools’ contractual obligations.

Patricia was the lead attorney in Doe v. Brandeis in the District of Massachusetts, one of the most often cited cases in this area.  Patricia has also used her experience as a platform for advocacy.  Recently, Patricia was invited to testify before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) at the full committee hearing on “Reauthorizing HEA: Addressing Campus Sexual Assault and Ensuring Student Safety and Rights” (her opening statement can be viewed on YouTube here; her opening statement is available to read here; and her written testimony is available to read here). Outside of the Title IX arena, Patricia is a commercial litigator who also represents clients regarding government investigations.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Roundtable Session Two

2:30pm-3:15pm ET – Attend Live Roundtable

Your Zoom Links will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Roundtables. Please choose one option below to attend the small-group roundtables. These same roundtable topics are repeated from Roundtable Session One, held this morning.

2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Informal Resolutions

Rick Olshak, M.S., Civil Rights, Conflict Resolution, and Student Conduct Professional and Founder, Olshak Consulting Services and ATIXA Advisory Board

Joni Baker, Ph.D., Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the Texas A&M University System and ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Intersection of BIT & Title IX

Makenzie Schiemann, M.S., Vice President of Case Management Initiatives at TNG & Director of NaBITA

Kim Pacelli, M. Ed., J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Diversity & Equity

Georgina Dodge, Ph.D., Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, University of Maryland & ATIXA Advisory Board

Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Equity, Access & Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator, Tiffin University & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Title IX in the K-12 Setting

Kim Kennedy, Paralegal and Title IX Coordinator, Indianapolis Public Schools & ATIXA Advisory Board

Jan Perry Evenstad, Ph.D., Executive Director, Western Educational Equity Assistance Center, Professor of Secondary Education, Metropolitan State University of Denver & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Athletics and Title IX

Peg Pennypacker, C.A.A., Founder, High School Title IX Consulting Services & ATIXA Advisory Board

Erin Buzuvis, J.D., Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Western New England University School of Law & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Advocacy and Prevention

Michelle Issadore, M. Ed., Executive Vice President, Association and Training Operations, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Title IX & Race

Tanyka M. Barber, J.D., Senior Associate with TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board

Sheilah Vance, J.D., Private Practice & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Title IX in the Community College Setting

Natti Marlaire, Ed.S., Director of Advising and Services, Chippewa Valley Technical College & ATIXA Advisory Board

Samantha Folb, J.D., Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer, Cabrillo College & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Free Speech and Sexual Harassment

Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Investigation Best Practices

Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., Chair, TNG & President, ATIXA

Joseph Vincent, M.L.S., Senior Associate Consultant with TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Featured Sessions B (choose 1 of 3)

3:25pm-4:20pm ET – Watch Recorded Session
4:30pm-5:00pm ET – Attend Live Q&A Session

The Presentation Recordings and Zoom Links will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Featured Session B. Please choose one option below to watch the Recorded Presentation at 3:25pm ET. At 4:30pm ET click on the Live Q&A Link directly under the embedded video to attend the Q&A Session. (We recommend attending the live Q&A session associated with the session you watched)

Thriving Under Pressure: Coaching Strategies for Title IX Practitioners

Amy Zavadil, Ph.D.
Founder, Amy Zavadil Consulting and ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Georgina Dodge, Ph.D.
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Maryland and ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Jennifer Cunningham, M.A., M.S.
Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Resolution, Soka University of America

 

There are numerous pressure points in the work of Title IX practitioners. As the field continues to evolve, the profession needs us to stay well and continue striving for equity in education, particularly in times when social inequities have been so exposed. This session will identify a variety of coaching strategies and models to support growth and resilience for Title IX Practitioners. Coaching is a resource for expanding thought processes to facilitate effective practices for self care and team building. We’ll discuss self coaching strategies, informal coaching and team approaches to add to your toolbox.

Amy Zavadil’s Biography

Dr. Zavadil is a change agent with more than a decade of experience in higher education, assisting with organizational change and attention to inclusion efforts. Dr. Zavadil provides content development and strategic planning for equity, inclusion & violence education, leadership consultation, professional coaching, and serves as a trainer and facilitator. Dr. Zavadil has experience speaking with local, regional, and national organizations, at conferences and invited speaking engagements regarding Harassment and Violence Education; Campus Climate Assessment; Bystander Intervention Prevention education; Inclusive Communication and Practice; Equity Compliance practices; Nondiscrimination Policy; and Trauma- Informed Response. She has facilitated and co-facilitated participant education, staff training, and professional development workshops at multiple institutions and organizations during more than a twenty years of professional experience. She served as a Title IX Coordinator from 2011 into 2019. As a Title IX Coordinator, she has gathered and reviewed quantitative and qualitative data to assess climate and inform practices as an ongoing part of her work.

Georgina Dodge’s Biography

Georgina Dodge, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland. Dr. Dodge works closely with senior leaders, faculty, staff, students and external constituencies to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and respect as core institutional values. She is also a member of the President’s Cabinet and works with the Senior Vice President and Provost to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. She was previously at Bucknell University as the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She oversaw four campus organizations, including the Office of Accessibility Resources, the Office of Civic Engagement, the Griot Institute for Africana Studies, and the Teaching & Learning Center.

Jennifer Cunningham’s Biography

Jennifer’s professional background includes working in higher education, local government and non-profit. She recently transitioned into handling Title IX investigations and Student Conduct at a small liberal arts college in Southern California, after spending many years in Career Services. In 2019 she became certified as a coach from Coach Training Alliance, which holds accreditation from the International Coaching Federation. She earned two Master’s Degrees in Counseling and Negotiation and Conflict Management. Coaching and therapy are very different, and her background in Counseling is important to mention because it reflects a commitment to the helping profession. She has a strong foundation of ethics and has worked with persons of all ages around relationships, career and personal issues. After coaching hundreds of individuals on career, relationships and more recently, recovery after crisis, she knows what to ask to get you to facilitate your own growth. She uses empathy, balanced with insight and powerful inquiry to understand your story, help you decipher its deeper meaning and propel you to action-oriented results.


The Presentation Recordings and Zoom Links will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Featured Session B. Please choose one option below to watch the Recorded Presentation at 3:25pm.

Former Title IX Coordinators and Administrators Panel:
The Convergence of Compliance and Moral Courage
Please note: This session does not include a live Q&A Session and is a 1.5 hour recording.

Robin Kelley, M. Ed., Ph.D.
Founder and President, Kelley Consulting Firm


Melinda Manning, J.D., M.S.W.
Director, Beacon Program, University of North Carolina’s Hospital System, Faculty, University of North Carolina, & Chair of the Board of Directors, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault


Bob Wood, M.A.
Title IX Coordinator, Gwynedd Mercy University

Despite the enormous responsibilities bestowed upon Title IX Coordinators, they often lack the authority, support, training, or resources required to oversee the institution’s or school’s compliance with Title IX efforts. Title IX Coordinators enter institutions and schools without having any input into the existing infrastructure for handling reports and complaints of sex discrimination in terms of policies, procedures, and investigations. Not having processes, procedures, and policies that treated cases consistently and irrespective of whether there is one investigation or 30 investigations at the same time, that the process would be the same time for each case and each complainant.This panel discussion will explore the various experiences of the panel members who are current and former Title IX Coordinators and administrators. Additionally, the panel members will highlight the challenges and comprehensive supports needed for Title IX Coordinators and administrators.

Robin Kelley’s Biography

Robin M. Kelley, Ph.D., president and CEO of Kelley Consulting Firm in Morrisville, North Carolina, who has approximately 20 years of progressively responsible administrative experience in higher education at large public institutions, has been named associate chief diversity officer at Gonzaga University, effective July 20. She is a masterful leader and team-builder with exceptional subject matter expertise in the area of diversity, along with tremendous experiential and scholarly knowledge regarding the application of theory into action. Kelley, who has extensive experience working in complex higher education institutions with between 25,000 and 36,000 students, said Gonzaga’s institutional mission aligns with her own values as a leader.

Melinda Manning’s Biography

Melinda Manning, JD, MSW is a former assistant dean of students at UNC-Chapel Hill. In this role, she created new options for survivors of intimate partner violence and created a program to teach faculty and staff how to become “informed allies” for survivors. She joined with students and alumni to file Title IX and Clery Act complaints against UNC in 2013. She is featured in a recent documentary on college sexual assault, “The Hunting Ground.” Melinda currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and teaches Public Policy at UNC-CH.

Bob Wood’s Biography

This is Bob’s tenth year working as a Title IX Coordinator. Currently he is in his third year at Gwynedd Mercy University. Bob is the first full time Title IX Coordinator at Gwynedd Mercy University. He holds a Master of Arts in Leadership in Education from Notre Dame of MD University, and a Master of Legal Studies from Washington University St. Louis School of Law. Bob has been a member of ATIXA, and certified Title IX Coordinator since 2010. He has also received training from NACUA and is currently attending Tulane University School of Law Title IX Coordinator certification program. Recently he was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education article, Life Inside the Title IX Pressure Cooker, by Ms. Sarah Brown. Prior to beginning his career in education Bob had a career in law enforcement. He served in the Baltimore City Police Department in the Patrol Division and the Special Operations Unit. Bob also served in the USNR as a Master-at- Arms. The Master-at-Arms rating is responsible for law enforcement, Investigations, K-9, expeditionary, and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) operations. Bob’s investigative background was his springboard into his career as a Title IX Coordinator. Bob has been married to his wife Linda for 40 years. They have two married sons, five grandchildren, and a recently adopted rescue dog named Callan.


The Presentation Recordings and Zoom Links will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Featured Session B. Please choose one option below to watch the Recorded Presentation at 3:25pm ET. At 4:30pm ET click on the Live Q&A Link directly under the embedded video to attend the Q&A Session. (We recommend attending the live Q&A session associated with the session you watched)

The Impact of Institutional Response on Student Survivors and Campus Culture

Brenda Adams, J.D.
Senior Counsel, Education Equity and Litigation, Equal Rights Advocates


Kel O’Hara
Equal Justice Works Fellow, Equal Rights Advocates

 

How can a survivor-centered approach to Title IX adjudications actually benefit both parties? This interactive presentation explains how trauma-informed responses to complaints of sexual violence can create more equitable processes and protect the education of both complainants and respondents alike. By addressing common misconceptions about student survivors and highlighting the complex challenges faced by marginalized students – including survivors of color, disabled survivors, and LGBTQ survivors – during Title IX adjudications, as well as reviewing some of the recent recommendations issued by the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, we will explore how survivor justice is a necessary part of protecting all students’ civil rights, achieving campus cultural change, and dismantling societal support for gender-based violence.

Brenda Adams’s Biography

As a member of ERA’s legal team, Kel’s self-designed fellowship is the first project in the country to focus on supporting LGBTQ student survivors of sexual violence in school under Title IX. Kel joins ERA with six years of experience advocating for trauma-informed, survivor-centric, and culturally competent institutional response to sexual violence. Kel’s approach to legal advocacy is influenced by their background in American Studies, campus organizing, and trauma counseling. They are committed to work that encourages healing and reimagines systems of accountability to best support marginalized students. During their time at Berkeley Kel founded the Survivor Advocacy Project, a legal services group dedicated to helping student survivors involved in on-campus sexual misconduct investigations. At Berkeley Kel also served on the Student Advisory Board of PATH to Care (Berkeley’s sexual violence support center), the board of Berkeley Law Queer Caucus (Trans and Gender Non-Conforming subcommittee chair), and the editorial board of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice (Marketing Editor). Kel’s legal work experience includes clerkships at Victim Rights Law Center, Family Violence Law Center, GLBTQ Advocates and Defenders, and Family Violence Appellate Project. As an undergraduate at Tufts University Kel built on their campus activism work to create an award-winning senior capstone project about sexual violence in higher education. Kel is a certified rape crisis counselor and volunteered in the emergency room of Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan before attending law school.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Networking Reception (optional)

5:15pm-6:15pm ET – Attend Live

The Zoom Link will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Reception. 

5:15p.m.-6:15p.m. ET – Super Member Only Networking Reception

October 6, 2020 Direct Link

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Featured Sessions C (choose 1 of 3)

10:00am-10:45am ET – Watch Recorded Session
11:00am-11:30am ET – Attend Live Q&A Session

The Presentation Recordings and Zoom Links will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Featured Session C. Please choose one option below to watch the Recorded Presentation at 10:00am ET. At 11:00am ET click on the Live Q&A Link directly under the embedded video to attend the Q&A Session. (We recommend attending the live Q&A session associated with the session you watched) Please note that the Session titled, “Intersection of Title IX & BIT” is a Live Presentation and is not recorded.

When Do We Believe Survivors?

Emily Martin, J.D.
Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice, National Women’s Law Center

In the wake of #MeToo going viral, a broad-based movement has rallied under that banner that it is time to believe survivors. And a loud backlash has asserted that any claims that survivors are entitled to be believed amounts to a violation of the rights of named harassers. The call to “Believe Survivors” grows out of a long legal and cultural history of mistrust of women’s truthfulness when they speak out about sexual violence. And this fight remains a very current one. Department of Education officials justified their revisions to the Title sexual harassment regulations by raising the specter of false allegations of sexual assault and suggesting that women and girls often claim that they were assaulted when they just regret having had sex in the first place. The keynote will provide context about the ways in which our cultural beliefs about gender and credibility inform the current debate about who is entitled to belief and how to create a fair institutional process for resolving allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

Emily Martin’s Biography

Emily Martin, Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center, oversees the Center’s advocacy, policy, and education efforts to ensure fair treatment and equal opportunity for women and girls at work and at school and to forward policy frameworks that allow them to achieve and succeed. This includes a particular focus on the obstacles that confront women and girls of color and women in low-wage jobs. She also oversees and manages the operations of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which is housed at the National Women’s Law Center Fund. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Martin served as Deputy Director of the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she spearheaded litigation, policy, and public education initiatives to advance the rights of women and girls, with a particular emphasis on the needs of low-income women and women of color. She previously served as a law clerk for Senior Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge T.S. Ellis, III, of the Eastern District of Virginia; as Vice President and President of the Fair Housing Justice Center in New York City; and for the National Women’s Law Center as a recipient of the Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship. Ms. Martin is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School.


The Presentation Zoom Link will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of this Featured Session. Please choose this option to watch this Live Presentation inclusive of Q&A at 10:00am ET. 

The Intersection of Title IX and BIT
Please Note: This session during this time is live. If you choose to attend this session, you will remain in the same Zoom for the Q&A from 11:00am-11:30am ET.


Kim Pacelli, M.Ed., J.D.
Partner, TNG & Advisory Board, ATIXA

 


Makenzie Schiemann, M.S.
Executive Director, NaBITA & Vice President of Case Management Initiatives, TNG

Although Title IX administrators and the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) have distinct roles and expertise, the two areas must work collaboratively and communicate effectively when cases overlap and when other intersections arise. This presentation will explore the different models of overlap between the work of the BIT and the Title IX team and share strategies for ensuring effective communication, collaboration, and partnership. Additionally, we will explore specific intersections that are likely to arise under the 2020 Title IX regulations, including working collaboratively regarding supportive measures, emergency removals, and other types of case management support. Lastly, the presentation will explore whether to include Title IX as a member on the BIT and will use brief case studies to provide participants with some hands-on experience.

Kim Pacelli’s Biography

Kim Pacelli is a Partner with TNG who is quite familiar with the day-to-day challenges facing colleges, universities, and schools. She provides practical advice that empowers institutions to confidently manage high-risk issues on their campuses. Her practice includes: -policy and procedure development and consultation; -program review, assessment, and compliance consultations; and -tailored on-site training programs, among others. She regularly trains and advises on Title IX policy and procedures, Clery Act reporting and compliance, student mental health interventions and policies, FERPA and student privacy issues, free speech issues for both public and private institutions, and student conduct issues, among others. She has also served as an invited speaker at regional and national conferences.

Makenzie Schiemann’s Biography

Makenzie Schiemann is the Vice President of Case Management Initiatives at TNG and the Executive Director for the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA). Makenzie started her professional career as a teacher working in middle grades education, but has spent the last nine years in higher education overseeing the behavioral intervention team, case management program, and victim advocacy department at both a small private college and a large public university. She earned her B.S in Education from Ashland University, her M.S in Educational Psychology, Community Counseling from Southern Illinois University, and is currently enrolled in the University of South Florida Ph.D. program for Higher Education Administration. Makenzie spent three years as the Director for Student Outreach and Support, the Director for the Center for Victim Advocacy, and the Chair of the Students of Concern Assistance Team at the University of South Florida. In these roles, Makenzie developed comprehensive protocol manuals for both the case management program and the victim advocacy department which aligned with best practice standards and served as a model for other institutions in the development of their policies. Prior to working at the University of South Florida, Makenzie served for six years as the Director of Outreach Services and Health Promotion at Eckerd College where she oversaw the case management program and chaired the Intervention Team. She also developed and implement all health promotion initiatives including a comprehensive violence prevention campaign.

10:00am-11:30am ET – Live Session and Q&A for the Intersection of Title IX and BIT


The Presentation Recordings and Zoom Links will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Featured Sessions C. Please choose one option below to watch the Recorded Presentation at 10:00am, then click on the Live Q&A Zoom Link at 11:00am directly under the embedded video directly following to attend the Live Q&A. 

Playing Fair, Title IX & Gender Equity in K-12 Athletics

 

Kim Turner, Esquire
Senior Staff Attorney & Project Director at Legal Aid at Work

This session will cover the basics of Title IX with respect to gender equity in athletics, including participation opportunities, treatment and benefits, anti-retaliation mandates, and more. The presentation will further review how Title IX operates within the K-12 athletics program context, wherever interscholastic sports are played at elementary, middle, and high schools, including charters. A brief review of the law and regulations will be included with examples of Title IX cases and settlements regarding athletics issues. Attendees will not only gain key general information about Title IX athletic equity requirements in K-12 education but will also come away with universal, easy-to-use tools for examining athletic programs to establish lasting equity for all students.

Kim Turner’s Biography

Kim Turner, Legal Aid at Work Kim is a senior staff attorney with the Gender Equity & LGBTQ Rights Program of Legal Aid at Work, as well as project director of the organization’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports Project. Kim advocates for equality, with a specific focus on athletic opportunities for female youth—particularly in low-income communities, under-served areas, and communities of color. Kim has practiced a mixture of Title IX, employment and housing law throughout her career, with an emphasis on impact litigation, including as a staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid. She graduated from Cardozo Law School in New York City in 2008 and received a B.A. from Brown University in 2002. Kim won an Ivy League Championship in volleyball at Brown and continues to play as well as coach youth soccer and basketball.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Roundtable Session Three

11:45am-12:30pm ET – Attend Live Roundtable

Your Zoom Links will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Roundtables. Please choose one option below to attend the small-group roundtables. These same roundtable topics will repeat in Roundtable Session Four, today from 2:30pm-3:15pm ET.

11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Transgender Student Inclusivity

Erin Buzuvis, J.D., Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Western New England University School of Law & ATIXA Advisory Board

Amy Zavadil, Ph.D.,Founder, Amy Zavadil Consulting and ATIXA Advisory Board Member


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Equity Requirements Beyond Harassment

Tanyka M. Barber, J.D., Senior Associate with TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Title IX Jurisdictional Issues

Kim Pacelli, M. Ed., J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Initial Actions & Report Generation Processes

Joseph Vincent, M.L.S., Senior Associate Consultant with TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Deliberate Indifference

Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., Chair, TNG & President, ATIXA


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Investigation Strategy & Planning Ahead

Leslee Morris, J.D., Investigator with the Center for SafeSport & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Title IX & Minors

Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., President, TNG & Vice President/Advisory Board, ATIXA

Leah Gutknecht, M.B.A., Assistant to the President for Compliance & Equity Management, University of Northern Iowa & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Working Effectively with Hearing Panel Advisors

W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Bias & Cultural Competencies

Jen Ball, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Social Documentation / Chief Inclusion Officer Title VI, IX, ADA / 504 Coordinator, Clarkson University & ATIXA Advisory Board

Warren Anderson, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire & ATIXA Advisory Board


11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. ET – Title IX Burnout

Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Plenary Session: Early Lessons-
What We Have Learned Implementing the 2020 Title IX Regulations

12:40pm-2:00pm ET – Attend Live Presentation and Q&A

W. Scott Lewis, J.D.
Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


Kim Pacelli, M.Ed., J.D.
Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


Saundra K. Schuster, J.D.
Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


Catherine Spear, J.D.
Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity & Title IX, University of Southern California & ATIXA Advisory Board


Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed. D.
President, TNG & Vice President/Advisory Board, ATIXA


Brett A. Sokolow, J.D.
Chair, TNG & President/Advisory Board, ATIXA

In this live and lively panel discussion, TNG’s Partners will be joined by Catherine Spear, ATIXA Advisory Board member, to debrief and discuss what we’ve learned in the earliest days of implementing the 2020 Title IX regulations. We’ll share observations and lessons on policy revisions, practical considerations for live hearings and cross-examination, and emerging investigation practices, among others. We will also share early lessons from litigation over the Title IX regulations. This session will provide ample opportunity for Q&A.

Scott Lewis’s Biography

W. Scott Lewis, J.D. is a Partner with TNG, LLC. He is a co-founder and advisory board member of ATIXA, the Association for Title IX Administrators and NaBITA, the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, and was a board member and president of ASCA. He has worked with the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women and the Department of Education’s Offices of Civil Rights as a trainer and consultant, training staff and investigators. He was a consultant to the Office of the Vice President and the White House Task Force on issues of Sexual Misconduct, as well as a core member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Task Force that proposed and created the United States Center for SafeSport, both of which he consults with and trains. He also consults with and trains numerous sports organizations and governing bodies at all levels from High Schools to Olympic Level athletes, trainers, coaches, and staff, including working with the NCAA and NJCAA. He works regularly with clients in the areas of harassment, discrimination, disability, and retaliation, as well as prevention and response to dangerous and disruptive behaviors. He has trained thousands of administrators and law enforcement officers to properly investigate matters of sexual harassment and other types of civil rights harassment and discrimination, as well as presented prevention education workshops in these areas and in threat assessment and harm prevention. He consults regularly on these issues as well, including assisting with oversight of these investigations. He gave a TED Talk® related to this subject for lay people – including employees and supervisors – on how to properly respond to victims of trauma.

Kim Pacelli’s Biography

Kim Pacelli is a Partner with TNG who is quite familiar with the day-to-day challenges facing colleges, universities, and schools. She provides practical advice that empowers institutions to confidently manage high-risk issues on their campuses. Her practice includes: -policy and procedure development and consultation; -program review, assessment, and compliance consultations; and -tailored on-site training programs, among others. She regularly trains and advises on Title IX policy and procedures, Clery Act reporting and compliance, student mental health interventions and policies, FERPA and student privacy issues, free speech issues for both public and private institutions, and student conduct issues, among others. She has also served as an invited speaker at regional and national conferences.

Saundra K. Schuster’s Biography

Saunie Schuster is a Partner with TNG, a national risk management legal consulting firm. Ms. Schuster is a recognized expert in preventive and civil rights law for education, notably in the fields of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct and violence, ADA and disability issues. Ms. Schuster has extensive experience and expertise in, and routinely advises clients on, the First Amendment and campus access issues; risk management and liability; behavior intervention and threat assessment; student discipline and campus conduct; intellectual property and employment issues. Ms. Schuster provides assistance nationally to both public and private educational entities in policy development, faculty handbooks and employee manuals, and training for state and federal compliance. She has provided extensive consultation to and training for the U.S. Justice Department, Office of Violence Against Women, the White House Task Force on Sexual Assault and the Futures Without Violence organization. She also provides litigation consultation, expert witness support, and conducts civil rights-based investigation for educational institutions. She provided contraceptive support and rape crisis counseling and served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Butler County. Prior to joining TNG in 2009, Ms. Schuster’s higher education legal experience included serving as the General Counsel for Sinclair Community College; as Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio, representing public colleges and universities; and as the Associate General Counsel for the University of Toledo. In addition to her legal work in higher education, Ms. Schuster has over twenty-five years experience in college administration and teaching, including serving as the Associate Dean of Students at The Ohio State University, Director of the Office of Learning Assistance at Miami University and as Assistant Dean at Western College. She also served as a faculty member at The Ohio State University, Miami University, and Columbus State Community College.

Catherine Spear’s Biography

As of August 2020, Catherine Spear serves as the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX at the University of Southern California (USC). In that role, Catherine is responsible for managing the University’s response to all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as leading related proactive education and outreach programs that promote a safe and inclusive environment for all University community members. Prior to her new position at USC, Catherine served in a similar role as Associate Vice President for the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights at the University of Virginia (UVA) for five years. Prior to UVA, she served as Stanford University’s first full-time Title IX Coordinator. Before Stanford, Catherine worked for 19 years at the Cleveland office for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the last five years as the OCR Cleveland Director. Catherine is a member of the ATIXA Advisory Board and the National Association of ADA Coordinators. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Dayton and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.

Daniel C. Swinton’s Biography

Daniel Swinton is the President of TNG, LLC. Daniel consults frequently with colleges, universities and K-12 on issues of Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act and sexual violence, alcohol and other drugs, behavioral intervention, bystander intervention, student conduct policies and procedures, hearing board training, mediation and legal issues in education. Daniel often serves institutions as an external investigation support provider for issues of sexual misconduct and other complex student conduct matters as well as employment concerns, retaliation and harassment. He also serves as an expert witness in cases of sexual assault, Title IX, negligence, academic integrity and civil rights. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on topics ranging from student conduct to civil rights investigations. Daniel is also a frequent presenter and invited speaker at national and regional conferences. Prior to his work with TNG, he served as Assistant Dean and Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at Vanderbilt University. Daniel serves as Vice President of ATIXA (The Association for Title IX Administrators) and on the Advisory Board of NaBITA (National Behavioral Intervention Team Association). He has also served on the Board for the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), having served as its President in 2011-2012.

Brett A Sokolow’s Biography

Brett Sokolow is the Chair of TNG (TNG, LLC), a national multidisciplinary risk management consulting and law firm with more than 3,000 education-sector clients, 35 executive and support employees, and a roster of 25 attorneys and consultants who are at the forefront of the field in their areas of expertise. Sokolow founded TNG, then known as The National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, in 2000. Sokolow is recognized for his national leadership on systems-level solutions for safer schools and campuses, and is widely considered to be one of the foremost Title IX experts in the nation. He has served as an expert witness in more than 50 significant lawsuits affecting college, university, and school liability. In addition to his role with TNG, Sokolow served as Executive Director of ATIXA from 2012-2017 and now serves as President of ATIXA, the Association of Title IX Administrators (www.atixa.org), the leading industry association for Title IX compliance, with over 3,600 active school and college members.

And Introducing…Michael Henry, J.D., Partner, TNG

12:40pm-2:00pm ET – Live Session and Q&A for the Plenary Session

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Roundtable Session Four

2:30pm-3:15pm ET – Attend Live Roundtable

Your Zoom Links will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Roundtables. Please choose one option below to attend the small-group roundtables. These same roundtable topics were repeated in Roundtable Session Three, this morning.

2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Transgender Student Inclusivity

Erin Buzuvis, J.D., Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Western New England University School of Law & ATIXA Advisory Board

Amy Zavadil, Ph.D.,Founder, Amy Zavadil Consulting and ATIXA Advisory Board Member


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Equity Requirements Beyond Harassment

Tanyka M. Barber, J.D., Senior Associate with TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Title IX Jurisdictional Issues

Kim Pacelli, M. Ed., J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Initial Actions & Report Generation Processes

Joseph Vincent, M.L.S., Senior Associate Consultant with TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Deliberate Indifference

Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., Chair, TNG & President, ATIXA


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Investigation Strategy & Planning Ahead

Leslee Morris, J.D., Investigator with the Center for SafeSport & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Title IX & Minors

Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., President, TNG & Vice President/Advisory Board, ATIXA

Leah Gutknecht, M.B.A., Assistant to the President for Compliance & Equity Management, University of Northern Iowa & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Working Effectively with Hearing Panel Advisors

W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Bias & Cultural Competencies

Jen Ball, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Social Documentation / Chief Inclusion Officer Title VI, IX, ADA / 504 Coordinator, Clarkson University & ATIXA Advisory Board

Warren Anderson, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire & ATIXA Advisory Board


2:30p.m.-3:15p.m. ET – Title IX Burnout

Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Closing Keynote: Science-Based Investigative
Interviewing, the Neurobiology of Trauma, and Sexual Assault Investigations

3:45pm-5:30pm ET – Attend Live Presentation and Q&A
5:15pm-5:30pm ET – Closing Conference Remarks – Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., President, ATIXA


Susan Brandon, Ph.D.
Consultant


Jim Hopper, Ph.D.
Consultant & Teaching Associate of Psychology, Harvard Medical School


Christian Meissner, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University


Christopher F. Wilson, Psyd, LLC.
License Psychologist

This session will consist of four brief presentations addressing the research and application of science-based investigative interviewing (Brandon & Meissner), the potential brain-based impacts of acute stress and trauma on human experience, cognition, behavior, and memory that must inform any effective methods for interviewing victims of sexual assault (Hopper), and the implications of interviewing methods and potential impacts of stress and trauma for adjudication processes (Wilson).

Susan Brandon’s Biography

Susan Brandon, Ph.D., served as Research Program Manager for the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) from early 2010 until December of 2017. The mandate for the HIG Research Program was to improve interview and interrogation methods across the U.S. government. The Program, involving world-renown researchers, has resulted in more than 160 publications in scientific journals. This research was transitioned into the HIG one-week training program beginning in 2012. Dr. Brandon previously was a Program Officer at the National Institutes of Health, Assistant Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Visiting Scientist at the American Psychological Association. Before those posts, prior to 2001, she spent 15 years as a faculty member in the Behavioral Neuroscience Division of the Department of Psychology at Yale University.

Jim Hoper’s Biography

Dr. Jim Hopper is an independent consultant and Teaching Associate in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. For over 25 years Dr. Hopper’s research, clinical and consulting work has focused on the psychological and biological effects of child abuse, sexual assault, and other traumatic experiences. As a clinician, Dr. Hopper works with adults who have experienced abuse as children and assault as adults. In his forensic work, both criminal and civil, he testifies on short- and long-term impacts of child abuse and sexual assault. Dr. Hopper consults and teaches nationally and internationally to military and civilian investigators, prosecutors, victim advocates, commanders, and higher education administrators.

Christian Meissner’s Biography

Dr. Meissner is Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University, where he Directs the Applied Cognition Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive & Behavioral Science from Florida State University (2001). His research uses experimental methodologies to examine cognitive psychological processes in forensic, military, and human intelligence settings, including strategies and tactics that facilitate the disclosure of information and the assessment of credibility in interviews and interrogations, factors that influence eyewitness memory and lineup identification, the influence of extra-legal biases on juror decision-making, and aspects of human perception and judgment bias in comparative forensic science decisions.

Christopher Wilson’s Biography

Dr. Chris Wilson is a licensed psychologist from Portland, Oregon. For the past 20 years, he’s worked with victims, survivors, and perpetrators of trauma. He currently runs Being Trauma Informed (BTI), an organization dedicated to making the science of trauma accessible and practical. Prior to starting BTI, Dr. Wilson had a private practice conducting evaluations and psychotherapy, while also providing training with a focus on domestic violence and sexual assault.

Your Zoom Link will be visible 10 minutes prior to the start of the Opening Keynote and will no longer be visible after the presentation until the recording is posted on this site by October 16, 2020.

Bonus Presentation

One of our Concurrent Presentation Speakers from the cancelled 2020 West Coast Conference has graciously provided a recorded presentation for you.

The Justice CORPS: Protecting Title IX Advances in Private Schools

Vanessa Osage
President, The Amends Project

The cultural reckoning in the wake of concealed abuse in churches and schools calls for a significant response. How can we implement systemic changes to protect the wellbeing of students and advance justice? Vanessa Osage is a Certified Sexuality Educator and two-time Nonprofit Founder & Leader with a vision for institutional reform for our times. The Justice CORPS – the Committee to Oversee Rights and Protections of Students – Initiative is an oversight model designed for private middle and high schools (grades 5-12), which are currently exempt from Title IX federal protections. Learn about a revolutionary approach to decision-making and a higher response to unfortunate incidents. The model incorporates confidential reporting to non-affiliated adults, Know Your Rights assemblies, Restorative Justice, additional safety ratings for voluntary compliance with Title IX, and enforcement of the Recommendations laid out by the Independent Schools Task Force of 2018: Prevention & Response.

Vanessa Osage’s Biography

Vanessa Osage has been advocating for the safety and wellbeing of children at Lawrence Academy since 1994. Her actions have included: confronting a grown man/employee when she was just 16, approaching school administration to insist on right action from ages 16-23, giving a speech to the full school in 2001 which ultimately brought about the removal of a predator from campus; her efforts resumed in 2016 when current head of school asked people with information to come forward. In that time, she has chosen an alternate resolution approach, knowing that positive change must come in the wake of her efforts.

When the Restorative Justice process was incomplete, Vanessa Osage decided to raise awareness on a large scale. The feature story of her journey was published in the Lowell Sun on May 27, 2018. In that time, many people have found a way to contact her privately to confirm that, sadly, cover-ups were still happening on campus. In June of 2018, she began work on The Justice CORPS model, which addresses the cover-up issue by creating a system of oversight and accountability – while giving schools the opportunity to demonstrate their excellent care by a high-quality response to incidents. The Justice CORPS is now a 9-page document which incorporates Guidelines laid out by the Independent School Task Force of 2018.

In her life on the west coast, Vanessa Osage has founded and directed a nonprofit for puberty rites of passage called Rooted Emerging, a project of Washington State University Extension, 4-H. She is a trained and certified sexuality educator (Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts), with ten years of experience in comprehensive sexuality education to ages 4 & up. She has been consulting for sexual and emotional health for nearly a decade. Vanessa is also a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Relationship Coaching Institute. All of her various endeavors operate through the social enterprise, Love & Truth Rising, with a mission to positively transform love, sexuality & human connections.

EMBED RECORDED PRESENTATION HERE