The 2018 ATIXA Annual Conference


OCTOBER 9th – 12th, 2018
(formerly known as Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel)

Registration for this event is currently open!

Please contact ATIXA at for questions. 

Please Note: ATIXA does not work with any Hotel Travel Agencies. Reservations for hotel accommodations should be made with the hotel directly. 

Call for ProgramsConference Sponsors & Exhibitors | Conference ScheduleConference Speakers 

Conference Registration | Pre- and Post-Conference Opportunities | Scholarships

 Student Poster Session Hotel & Conference Location | Mentoring Program 

Contact the Conference Committee

The Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) announces the 2018 ATIXA Annual Conference, October 9th-12th at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel (formerly known as the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ATIXA hosts an annual conference to underscore the essential fusion of compliance and prevention in any conversation about campus sexual violence. Read the official press release.

Call for Programs

The 2018 ATIXA Conference Committee welcomed concurrent session program proposals for the Conference, to be held October 9th – 12th, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • The Call for Programs deadline has been closed.

Student Poster Session

The ATIXA Annual Conference Committee solicited poster session proposals for its 7th Annual Conference, to be held October 9th – 12th, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We welcomed submissions for the inaugural student poster session program scheduled to be held the afternoon and early evening of Wednesday, October 10th, 2018.

The session was reserved for undergraduate and graduate, degree-seeking students submitting posters on research, programs, offices, or policies that reflect an important contribution to a campus/school and/or community.

Due to a lack of responses, the Student Poster Session has been canceled. 

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors

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Become a Sponsor and Exhibitor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a conference sponsor and/or exhibitor. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get your brand and/or services in front of more than 450 Title IX administrators and prevention educators as they come together to “bridge the gap” between prevention, action, and response.

The Exhibitor/Sponsorship application deadline was Friday, August 10th, 2018! Please review our Sponsor & Exhibitor Brochure for information on sponsoring levels and exhibit schedule.

Email our team at for interest and inquiry next steps and we will evaluate each additional opportunity request on a case-by-case basis post application closure.

Conference Schedule

The conference will begin the evening of Tuesday, October 9th with an opening keynote and welcome reception. Wednesday, October 10th and Thursday, October 11th will include a variety of concurrent and featured sessions, as well as roundtables and optional events, such as networking dinners. The conference will conclude with a midday keynote on Friday, October 12th.

Pre-conference opportunities will be available Monday, October 8th & Tuesday, October 9th; additional fees apply. Post-conference opportunities will be available Friday, October 12th-Sunday, October 14th; additional fees apply.

Tentative Conference Schedule

  • Monday, October 8th & Tuesday, October 9th, 9am-5pm: Pre-conference Opportunities
  • Tuesday, October 9th, 7:00pm: Opening Keynote & Welcome Reception
  • Wednesday, October 10th & Thursday, October 11th: General Conference Sessions
  • Wednesday, October 10th: Student Poster Session
  • Friday, October 12th, Mid-morning: Closing Keynote
  • Friday, October 12th-Sunday, October 14th: Post-conference Opportunities

Now Available: Full Conference Program

Conference Attire

Attire for all ATIXA events is business casual. Rooms are air-conditioned and evening temperatures can be chilly, so we recommend carrying a jacket or light sweater for your comfort. Average temperatures for Philadelphia in October range from 50°F to 70°F.

Conference Speakers

Please note that speakers do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of ATIXA leadership and may present controversial material.

Opening Keynote | Closing Keynote | Featured Speakers

Opening Keynote

Opening Keynote Speaker: Tyler Kingkade, Journalist

The Truth About Reporting on Title IX

Tyler Kingkade will dispel myths, reveal insight and motivations, and explain methods for how journalists approach reporting on Title IX cases. He will also answer questions, offer predictions for what to expect over the  next couple years in terms of media attention, and share a few things that have been bugging him about the coverage of Title IX over the past couple of years.

Tyler Kingkade is a national reporter at BuzzFeed News, based in New York, where he predominately reports on sexual assault and harassment. Prior to that, he was a senior editor and reporter at The Huffington Post, where he covered higher ed and politics, and has previously reported for the National Journal, the Iowa Independent, and KCCI TV-8 in Iowa. He got a degree from Iowa State University, attended Des Moines Area Community College, and took classes at Georgetown University through the Fund for American Studies. He was also once in a pop punk band that toured.

Closing Keynote

Closing Keynote Speaker: Gavin Grimm 

Experiences as a Transgender Young Person: In the Classroom and in the Courtroom

Growing up as a transgender young person in a conservative household and community can be toxic and dangerous. When that toxicity extends to other places, like schools, the effects can be devastating. However, sometimes strength and empowerment can be found within hardship.

In this speech, Gavin Grimm will discuss how he overcame a conservative upbringing to eventually stand on a public stage in the conversation for transgender rights. He will discuss experiences in childhood, in transitioning, and how his family transitioned with him. Gavin will also discuss the discrimination and trauma he faced in his school and community, the legal process of having to defend himself from his own school board, and how spending four years in and out of the courtroom while also a high school student has impacted him. Additionally, he will highlight the differences in the current and former administrations’ interpretation of Title IX and the effect that has had on his legal journey. Finally, he will discuss his hopes for the future and how he envisions moving forward, both in his personal life and with the fight for equality.

Featured Speakers

Featured Session A

  • When Title IX Comes Knocking at the K-12 School Door: Who are You Going to Call?
    • David Hinojosa, Director of the Intercultural Development Research Association’s (IDRA) Equity Assistance Center-South
    • Jan Perry Evenstad, Ph.D., Director of the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center located at Metropolitan State University of Denver
    • Susan Shaffer, President, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc.; Executive Director, Center for Education Equity
    • Seena Skelton, Ph.D., Director of Operations of the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center
      • This session will provide an overview of Equity Assistance Center (EAC) services. The directors of the four EACs will also address hot-button Title IX issues in their regions such as: the role of Title IX Coordinators, bullying and sexual harassment, #MeToo movement, gender identity/orientation issues, Title IX implementation, gender bias in classroom interaction, instructional practices, and assessments, boys and achievement, underrepresentation of women and girls in mathematics, science, and technology, or intersection of gender with other educational equity areas (such as race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation). There will be time for Q and A.
  • LGBTQ Equity: Threats and Opportunities
    • Jocelyn Samuels, Executive Director, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
      • This talk will address the challenges faced by LGBTQ students in schools and on campuses and the ways in which the law can be used to address those challenges.  The presentation will discuss the developing case law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination as forms of sex discrimination under Title IX and related civil rights laws, as well as the ways in which the federal government has recently attempted to roll back some of those protections.  

Featured Session B

  • Monitoring Athletics Title IX Compliance
    • Donna Lopiano, Ph.D., President, Sports Management Resources
      • This will be a presentation of a suggested system for any high school or college to gather fact­-based data and the methodology for analyzing that data that will enable a person responsible for Title IX compliance in athletics to identify gender inequities and propose remedies to correct such inequities. A workbook will be provided to enable such data collection. Instructions and examples of analysis or assessment will be presented.
  • Learning the Correct Lessons from Sex Abuse Scandals
    • Scott Schneider, Esq., Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
      • Why do good, smart, ethical people occasionally get it completely wrong? Thoughtfully answering this question is essential to ensure that institutions do not fall prey to the failings that have bedeviled campuses mired in sex abuse scandals.  In this discussion, Scott Schneider will provide his thoughts on the correct lessons to be learned from recent prominent institutional sex abuse scandals and provide practical and counterintuitive steps institutions should take to make sure employees handle these matters appropriately.

Featured Session C

  • Informed/ing (Sexual) Consent: Recent Research and Implications for Prevention
    • Jason Laker, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Counselor Education and Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership, San Jose State University
    • Erica M. Boas, Ph.D., Instructor, Child Studies Program, Santa Clara University; Instructor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, San Jose State University
      • Despite years of rigorous research and deployment of prevention programs, achieving the goal of eliminating—or even reducing—sexual assaults among college students has yet to be realized.  While recent events such as the #MeToo Movement have brought heightened attention and a sense of urgency to the issues, we are still grappling with identifying meaningful and sustainable directions for prevention and response efforts.  In this session, we will brief attendees about a research program, established in 2012, focused on revealing college students’ lived experiences of consent negotiation and communication within their intimate settings.  Lessons learned and implications for practice will be featured, along with discussion among attendees about establishing a Community of Practice to build students’ capacities for sexual agency.
  • Title IX in the Ivy Tower: A Rough Journey for Equality
    • Susan Daria Landino, Founder, Allies Reaching for Equality
      • For almost 50 years, civil rights laws –including Title IX – have prohibited sex/gender-based discrimination in education. Advocacy for Title IX can be a tough road. One former Yale University vice president’s office staffer stood up to advocate for students to receive federally mandated Title IX support services in the aftermath of sexual misconduct. Our presenter, Susan Landino, worked to change university culture internally according to Title IX and the Clery Act, and we’ll learn what occurred when leadership did not respond, and what retaliation looks like in a Higher Ed setting. The retaliation Landino endured for her efforts to support Title IX ranged from demotions, humiliation by email, isolation from colleagues, and workplace violence. To escape the retaliation from the vice president’s office, Landino was not able to secure a different campus position after applying to over 100 jobs. Ultimately, Landino was marched off campus like a criminal having done nothing wrong. One year later Yale students filed their Title IX complaint with the federal government alleging gender-based discrimination in connection with sexual assault response practices. The programs Yale students identified as missing from campus were the very programs Landino tried to put into place for over ten years. With the help of victim’s rights lawyer, Wendy Murphy, Landino filed the first non-sports-related Jackson v Birmingham Title IX retaliation complaint, Burhans v Yale. Her case settled favorably in 2017. Yale was also fined for falsifying crime stats by the Department of Education. Landino will inform us on what it is like to be a plaintiff up against one of the most prestigious universities – affecting her career, marriage, well-being, and financial security. While her legal battle stretched over ten years, she continued her advocacy work helping scholars navigate the maze of inequitable policies and practices.

Featured Session D

  • Limiting the Liability in Athletics
    • Valerie Bonnette, President, Good Sports, Inc.
      • This session will focus on ways that Title IX Coordinators can educate themselves with accurate information regarding the Title IX athletics requirements; review the major Title IX athletics issues for the three-part test, scholarships, coaching, facilities, and recruitment; and discuss how fundraising affects Title IX compliance.  The session will also address the basics for conducting a red-flag review and a full review of the institution’s athletics program; ways to limit the liability for the common litigation issues; and methods for educating staff that enable the best defense against litigation – compliance with Title IX.
  • Radical Accountability: Lessons from the Brock Turner Case
    • Michele Landis Dauber, Frederick I. Richman Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
      • In January 2015, Stanford student Brock Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster during a fraternity party on Stanford campus. The case generated international headlines when Judge Aaron Persky, who was himself a Stanford athlete during the 1980s, sentenced Turner to just a few months in county jail, saying that he did not believe Turner would be a danger to others and that prison would have a severe impact on him. Concerned about the message sent by Persky’s negligible sentence and the potential of that message to chill victim reporting of campus assaults, a group of women in Silicon Valley launched a recall campaign against Persky, an elected judge. The recall campaign’s stated goal was to counter the message sent by Persky’s trivial sentence for Turner and in so doing to hold Persky accountable for his failure to take campus assault seriously. This campaign hit a nerve, particularly with millennial voters, voters of color, and women voters. Months prior to the #metoo movement’s resurgence in 2017, that campaign raised $1.4M, collected 95,000 signatures to place Persky on the ballot, won the endorsements of elected officials, celebrities, newspapers, and organized labor. In June, 2018, the recall campaign won with a crushing 62% of the vote and replaced Persky with the campaign’s endorsed candidate, Cindy Hendrickson, a longtime domestic violence and sex crimes prosecutor. Has the message been received by the legal system and by campus administrators? Will the Persky recall lead to improvements in the way the legal system handles these complaints? How should the legal system, including college administrative processes, respond to this social and electoral movement?

Featured Session E

  • OCR’s Revised Guidance: Two Steps Backward, One Step Forward
    • Brett Sokolow, J.D., President & CEO, The NCHERM Group; President, ATIXA
    • Saundra Schuster, J.D., Partner, The NCHERM Group; Advisory Board Member, ATIXA
    • W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Partner, The NCHERM Group; Advisory Board Member, ATIXA
    • Daniel Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., Managing Partner, The NCHERM Group; Vice President, ATIXA
    • Catherine Spear, J.D., Associate Vice President for the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) at the University of Virginia; Affiliated Consultant, The NCHERM Group; Advisory Board Member, ATIXA
      • This session offers an update on OCR’s revised guidance. Where are we procedurally, when will compliance be expected, and what should we be doing to prepare? ATIXA’s resident experts will once again help members to understand the meaning of new provisions, and to interpret OCR’s expectations for compliance. Some of the mandates of the new guidance are positive changes, such as facilitating wider due process protections, but others are clearly a step backward, or even two. Does the guidance represent incremental change or a landmark shift? What will this mean as politics continues to buffet Title IX in future administrations? How long will this new guidance endure, and what should we do if it conflicts with court decisions in our jurisdiction? Please attend this session for the latest details and to have your questions addressed by the expert panel.

Conference Registration

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Conference Registration Rates
Registrants must register by Friday, September 21st, 2018.

  • ATIXA Member: $439
  • Non-ATIXA Member: $499
  • Student (degree-seeking and not a full-time employee of any institution): $109

ATIXA Super Members: Visit your resource library for information on how to apply your complimentary registrations.

Conference registration fee includes the attendee welcome reception, continental breakfast, morning beverage service and afternoon snack breaks each day. All other meals, lodging, and transportation costs are the responsibility of the participants.

Conference registration is not included in any pre- or post-conference training opportunities. Separate registration fee is required for general conference attendance.

Registration fees apply to all attendees, including retainer clients and all concurrent session presenters. 

Pre- and Post-Conference Opportunities

General conference attendance is not required to attend a pre- or post-conference event. Conference registration is not included in any pre- or post-conference training opportunities. Separate registration fee is required for general conference attendance.

Now Available: Pre-Conference Program

Monday, October 8th, 2018; 9am – 5pm

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018; 9am-5pm

Monday, October 8th & Tuesday, October 9th, 2018; 9am – 5pm daily

Now Available: Post-Conference Program

Friday, October 12th – Sunday, October 14th, 2018; Friday, October 12th: 2pm – 6pm, Saturday, October 13th: 9am – 5pm, Sunday, October 14th: 8:30am – 11:30am

Pre- and post-conference registration fee includes course registration and printed materials, certification, light continental breakfast, and morning and afternoon beverage services. All other meals, including lunch and dinner, lodging and transportation costs are the responsibility of the participants.

Conference registration is not included in any pre- or post-conference training opportunities. Separate registration fee is required for general conference attendance.

Apply for a Scholarship

In service to the field, ATIXA welcomed the submission of scholarship applications for the upcoming Annual Conference and ATIXA Training Courses as part of our pre-conference and post-conference opportunities. These scholarships aim to assist our colleagues in their professional development and commitment to their chosen profession.

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants based upon written responses to application questions. A limited amount of scholarships will be awarded, and submission of an application does not mean a scholarship will be awarded. The receipt of a scholarship award in previous years does not preclude applicants from submission for or receipt of a scholarship.

Scholarships were awarded on July 20, 2018, please check your spam/junk folder if you are awaiting a response or contact for any questions.

Conference & Training Event Hotel and Location

Philadelphia 201 Hotel (formerly known as the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown)
201 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please Note: ATIXA does not work with any Hotel Travel Agencies. Reservations for hotel accommodations should be made with the hotel directly. 

ATIXA’s discounted room block at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel (formerly known as the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown) has closed September 15.

Make your reservations online today. Reservations can also be made by contacting the hotel directly at 1-866-716-8134 and mentioning the ‘2018 ATIXA Annual Conference.’ All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit and guaranteed with a major credit card. Questions regarding included amenities or reservations must be directed to hotel.

ATIXA cannot make special arrangements or assist in capturing discounted room rates post room block closing date or if the block should sell out prior to the noted deadline. Any reservations made after the group block has sold out or closed will be accepted on a space and room-type availability and at prevailing room rates.

The August 1, 2018 hotel name change will not change the ability to make reservations, affect existing confirmation numbers, or rewards accounts.


Airport: The hotel is located 30-minutes away from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). There is a train from the airport to Suburban Station, a 6-minute walk to the hotel.

Train: 30th Street Station is a short cab ride or a 20-minute walk away from the hotel. Ride SEPTA from PHL into Philadelphia. There is also a train from Suburban Station to the airport.

Airport Shuttles


For your convenience, valet parking will be available at the hotel. Valet parking is available for $42 plus tax per day and includes full in and out privileges. Please allow additional time for check-in and check-out due to the delays from the hotel renovation.

The nearest public parking lot is Gateway Parking, 1540 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 (entrances on Spring and 16th Streets). Space is subject to availability and current rates as of June 2018 are $22/day.

What to Do in Philadelphia

Learn more about local Philadelphia attractions.

Philadelphia 201 Hotel (formerly known as the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown), a Philadelphia Pride hotel, celebrates the diversity of the Philly, including the city’s vibrant, year-round LGBT community. The City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus erected 72 rainbow signs demarcating the 9 square blocks of the Gayborhood — from Chestnut Street to Lombard, from 11th Street to Broad. Look for these signs and you’ll know you are in the heart of the city’s gay community! Download your Gayborhood guide to discover access to dazzling nightlife, hip restaurants, stylish boutiques and more.

Urban Adventures offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore Philadelphia with a resident guide. Forget the average history tours, their day tours are designed by those with local knowledge that can’t be found in a guidebook. You’ll visit all the top Philadelphia sights, as well as a couple of hidden gems, without any of the stress that comes with trying to navigate your way through a new city.

Philadelphia Downtown Restaurants

Dining Options

Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program has closed, as of Monday, August 27, 2018 at 7:00am EST. A member of the conference committee will contact those who signed up prior to the deadline to provide instructions before the conference.

ATIXA is pleased to continue its mentoring program at this year’s conference for attendees. Our goal is to help those conference attendees interested in or new to the field, or those attempting to move up in the field, meet with more experienced Title IX and advocate/prevention colleagues to ask questions, get advice, network, etc.

We look forward to creating some exciting opportunities together!

Contact the Conference Committee

For more information, please contact:
Michelle Issadore, ATIXA Senior Associate Executive Director & Conference Co-Coordinator
Ryan McDavis, ATIXA Executive Director & Conference Co-Coordinator or 610-644-7858