About ATIXA and Title IX
ATIXA provides a professional association for school and college Title IX Coordinators, investigators, and administrators who are interested in serving their districts and campuses more effectively. Since 1972, Title IX has proved to be an increasingly powerful leveling tool, helping to advance gender equity in schools and colleges. Title IX’s benefits can be found in promoting equity in academic and athletics programs, preventing hostile environments on the basis of sex, prohibiting sexual harassment and sexual violence, protecting from retaliation and remedying the effects of other gender-based forms of discrimination. Every school district and college in the United States is required to have a Title IX Coordinator who oversees implementation, training, and compliance with Title IX. ATIXA brings campus and district Title IX coordinators, investigators, and administrators into professional collaboration to explore best practices, establish industry standards, share resources, empower the profession, and advance the worthy goal of gender equity in education.
More than 30 years after the Department of Education mandated that school districts and colleges designate Title IX Coordinators, we have established a profession of Title IX administrators who are helping to further sex and gender equity in education. While there is much work to be done in preK-12, charter school, and hospital environments, colleges and universities have made significant progress since the April 4th, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on campus sexual violence gave us greater insight into the role and responsibilities of the Coordinator.
Now, the field faces another period of change and challenge. Litigation is at an all-time high, Congress is considering new legislation impacting on Title IX, and OCR has proposed new Title IX regulations for the first time in 40 years. Once again, schools are scrambling to update policies, implement training, and understand the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) expectations, all while some have yet to achieve full compliance with the new mandates set out by VAWA Section 304 in 2015. Against this backdrop of near-constant change since 2011, ATIXA maintains a steady adherence to first principles. Administrations and regulations may change, but the core of sex and gender equity first laid out by Congress in 1972 is unwavering. Title IX compliance is important, but for ATIXA’s members, it’s about commitment, not just compliance.
ATIXA was formed in 2011 to promote professional development and foster collaboration in what is actually a field of more than 25,000 people who all do the same job – assuring Title IX compliance in our schools, colleges and universities.
ATIXA creates a venue for professional exchange between coordinators and other administrators with Title IX responsibilities, to finally and meaningfully wrap our heads around the Coordinator role, other Title IX-based administrative responsibilities, and best practices for institutional Title IX compliance.
- PreK-12 School District Title IX Coordinators and Deputies
- College and University Title IX Coordinators and Deputies
- Human Resources Personnel
- School and College Equity Officers
- School and College Diversity Officers
- School and College Affirmative Action Administrators
- Ombuds Officers
- School and Campus Civil Rights Grievance Investigators
- Athletics Administrators
- Academic Administrators
- School District Officials and Administrators with Title IX Responsibilities
- Campus and District Training Coordinators
- Building Supervisors, Principals, Vice Principals, Department Chairs
- School and College Attorneys, Solicitors, and Legal Counsel
- Women’s Rights and Equality Advocates and Activists
- Hospital Administrators
- Due Process Advocates
- Outside Legal Counsel
- External Investigators
- Prevention Educators
- Victim/Survivor Advocates
- Hearing Process Panelists, Officers, Chairs, Decision-makers and Advisors
- Section 504, ADA, Disability and Access Coordinators
The consulting firm The NCHERM Group (TNG)– nationally known for its leading expertise in Title IX compliance, litigation, and expert witness services – endowed a grant that created ATIXA. In 2010, the firm, then known as NCHERM, created the only and first-of-its-kind Title IX Coordinator Training and Certification Course that is now an ATIXA signature professional development opportunity.
TNG believes in the power of advancing change strategies by the creation of organizations that foster collaboration and harness the energy of good minds and good people to bring good ideas into fruition.
ATIXA is an independent, not-for-profit organization served by an Advisory Board. TNG now serves as the management company for the association, including the ongoing provision of office space, conference management services, and administrative support.
Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., President
Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., Vice President
W. Scott Lewis, J.D.
Saundra K. Schuster, Esq.
Anna Oppenheim, J.D.
Joe Vincent, M.L.S.
Warren Anderson, Ed.D.
Jen Ball, Ph.D.
Joni Baker, Ph.D.
Erin E. Buzuvis, J.D.
John Clune, Esq.
Georgina Dodge, Ph.D.
Belinda Guthrie, M.A.
Leah Gutknecht, M.B.A.
Elizabeth Harper, Ph.D.
Eric Kidwell, M.L.S.
Natalyn Marlaire, Ed.S.
Patrick O’Rourke, J.D.
Richard Olshak, M.S.
Peg Pennepacker, C.A.A.
Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D.
Jan Perry-Evenstad, Ph.D.
Catherine Spear, J.D.
Sheilah Vance, J.D.
Amy Zavadil, Ph.D.