Catherine Spear, J.D.

Catherine Spear is a civil rights attorney who has dedicated her career to government and higher education service. She currently serves as the Associate Vice President for the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) at the University of Virginia, where she has worked since September 2015. In that role, she oversees the University’s prevention, education, and response efforts in multiple areas involving students, faculty, and staff, including Title IX, Title VI, and Section 504 and the ADA. From May 2015-2016, she also served as the University of Virginia’s Acting Title IX Coordinator. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Catherine was the Title IX Coordinator at Stanford University. Before Stanford, Catherine worked in the Cleveland office of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for 19 years, the last four as Director of that office. While at OCR, Catherine co-chaired OCR’s internal, national sexual and gender-based violence network, and she regularly provided training to schools and colleges on Title IX requirements. She also conducted and/or oversaw the investigation and resolution of civil rights complaints in education involving sex/gender, disability, race, national origin, and age.

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