About ATIXA and Title IX
ATIXA provides a professional association for school and college Title IX Coordinators 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 and administrators into professional collaboration to explore best practices, share resources, and advance the worthy goal of gender equity in education.
Title IX compliance is all over the map. Nearly 30 years after the Department of Education mandated that school districts and colleges designate Title IX Coordinators, we’re still not entirely sure what the appropriate role, functions and expectations of Coordinators are.
The April 4th, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on campus sexual violence gave us some insight that the role and responsibilities of the Coordinator are a lot broader and deeper than we thought. Now, schools are scrambling to update policies, implement training, and understand the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) expectations for prevention. Some schools and colleges have failed to designate a Coordinator. Some have multiple people fulfilling the role informally. Some have a Coordinator, but aren’t sure who it is. Some Coordinators don’t even know they are their institution’s Coordinator. Some Coordinators are sure they have the title, but not sure what to do with it. The Coordinator role is complex, sophisticated, and comprehensive.
For some large campuses and districts, it will be someone’s full-time job. For most campuses and schools, Title IX training, prevention and oversight will be a large part of the responsibilities of those appointed as coordinators and deputy coordinators, whatever else their professional responsibilities may entail. OCR may not have realized that with its April 4th, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, it has created a new profession and a new field.
In honor of the remarkable impact this has already caused in higher education, and will cause in the future to both schools and colleges, ATIXA has chosen to use the term Title IX Administrators to describe its membership, rather than coordinators, to reflect the broad compliance responsibilities that fall on administrators widely in school districts and on college campuses.
ATIXA has been formed to promote professional development and foster collaboration in what is actually a field of 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.
- K-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
- Hearing Officers, Conduct Administrators & Grievance Board Members
- 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
The law and consulting firm The NCHERM Group — nationally known for its leading expertise in Title IX compliance, litigation and expert witness services – endowed a grant that created ATIXA. In 2010, 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.
The NCHERM Group 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. The NCHERM Group’s grant funding includes the ongoing provision of office space, conference management services, and administrative support.
- Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., President
- W. Scott Lewis, J.D.
- Bernice Sandler, Ed.D., Honorary/Emeritus
- Saundra K. Schuster, Esq.
- John Clune, Esq.
- Richard Olshak, M.S.
- Belinda Guthrie
- Joni Baker, Ph.D.
- Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., Vice President
- Erin E. Buzuvis, J.D.
- Georgina Dodge, Ph.D.
- Patrick O’Rourke, J.D.
- William A. Howe, Ed.D.
- Amy Zavadil, Ph.D.
- Sheilah Vance, J.D.
- Peg Pennepacker, C.A.A.
- Jen Ball
- Elizabeth Harper, Ph.D.
- Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D.
- Zachary Ahmad-Kahloon
- Natalyn Marlaire
- Jan Perry-Evenstad
- Anna Oppenheim, J.D.
- Eric Kidwell
- Catherine Spear, J.D.
- Leah Gutknecht