The 2019 ATIXA East Coast Annual Conference

September 30th – October 3rd, 2019

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

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Conference Registration | Pre- and Post-Conference Opportunities | Scholarships
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The Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) announces the 2019 ATIXA East Coast Annual Conference, September 30th-October 3rd at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ATIXA hosts an annual conference to underscore the essential fusion of compliance and prevention in any conversation about campus sexual violence. Please read the press release here.

Call for Proposals

The 2019 ATIXA Conference Committee welcomes concurrent session proposals for the Conference, to be held Tuesday, October 1st & Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Please note the deadline for proposals to be submitted is Monday, June 3rd, 2019. Submitters will be notified by Wednesday, June 26th, 2019.

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 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.

Please click here to be directed to the Sponsor & Exhibitor Application

The Exhibitor/Sponsorship application deadline is Friday, August 8th, 2019! 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

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The conference will begin the evening of Monday, September 30th with an opening keynote and welcome reception. Tuesday, October 1st and Wednesday, October 2nd will include a variety of concurrent and featured sessions, as well as roundtables and optional events, such as networking dinner, and receptions. The conference will conclude with another featured session and mid-morning keynote on Thursday, October 3rd.

Pre-conference opportunities will be available Sunday, September 29th & Monday, September 30th; additional fees apply. Post-conference opportunities will be available Thursday, October 3rd-Saturday, October 5th; additional fees apply.

Tentative Conference Schedule

  • Sunday, September 29th & Monday, September 30th, 9am-5pm: Pre-conference Opportunities
  • Monday, September 30th, 7:00pm: Opening Keynote & Welcome Reception
  • Tuesday, October 1st & Wednesday, October 2nd: General Conference Sessions
  • Thursday, October 3rd, 9:00am: Featured Sessions & Closing Keynote
  • Thursday, October 3rd-Saturday, October 5th: Post-conference Opportunities

Conference Attire

Attire for all ATIXA events is business casual. Rooms are air-conditioned and can be chilling in the mornings especially. Additionally, evening temperatures can be chilly, so we recommend carrying a jacket or 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

John C. Clune, Esq., Founder, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Representing Complainants in the Post-DCL World

In the current climate of respondent lawsuits against both schools and complainants as well as increased pressure to enhance respondents’ rights, trauma survivors have even more challenges and fears about the adjudicative process. The 2014 Clery amendments requiring that school’s permit any advisor of a student’s choice (lawyers) along with recent case law has made the process more trial-like than ever. The impact from these changes is that though reporting may be on the rise due to the #MeToo wave, many survivors’ fears have increased and are still leaving school instead of pursing Title IX resources.

This keynote will focus on the experience of one lawyer who has served as an advisor to complainants in schools, large and small, around the country. Using specific case anecdotes, the talk will take a close look at what key issues lead to complainants hiring counsel, what issues may lead to complainant lawsuits, and what practices can help prevent attorney advisors from rushing into an adversarial posture with a school. The participant should leave the session with a clearer understanding of the mindset and motivation of complainant’s counsel which will hopefully help guide future interactions.

Closing Keynote

Closing Keynote Speaker: Roberta (“Robbie”) A. Kaplan, Esq., Co-Founder, Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund

The Current State of Sexual Harassment

Check back soon for more details!


Featured Speakers

Featured Session A

An ATIXA’s Advisory Board Panel Discussion: Coordinators Engaging with Faculty Successfully

  • Warren Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity & Title IX Coordinator, HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College & ATIXA Advisory Board Member
  • Belinda Guthrie, M.A., Director of Equal Opportunity & Title IX Coordinator, Santa Clara University, ATIXA Advisory Board Member & TNG Affiliated Consultant
  • Leah Gutknecht, M.B.A., Assistant to the President for Compliance and Equity Management & Title IX Officer, University of Northern Iowa & ATIXA Advisory Board Member
  • Eric Kidwell, M.L.S., Professor, Director of the Library & Title IX Coordinator, Huntingdon College & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Juror Perceptions and Expectations in the Age of #MeToo

  • Dana Binder, Ph.D., Senior Trial Consultant, Dispute Dynamics, Inc.
  • Jill Huntley Taylor, Ph.D., Director, Dispute Dynamics, Inc.
    • Sexual harassment is not a new phenomenon, but #MeToo has put it squarely on the radars of corporations, schools, and the front page. What has the #MeToo movement done to jurors’ expectations of employers? How has it influenced juror expectations for the standard of proof? In this presentation, two national trial consultants with extensive experience working on behalf of colleges and universities will examine juror expectations and juror perceptions on issues related to sexual harassment and sexual assault on college campuses. The presentation will examine how the #MeToo movement has influenced these perceptions and expectations and offer suggestions for how to position cases for trial by jury. Their research has fascinating implications not just for the world of juries, but for the campus and school equivalents, our hearing boards, panels, and committees. As OCR moves to require live hearings, Title IX administrators will benefit from insights from outside the field, as we strive to set up and train our panels, minimize bias, and assure fair outcomes.

Featured Session B

Preaching Past the Choir: Building Bridges with Parents and Antagonists in PreK-12 Settings

  • Laura McGuire, Ph.D., Founder, the National Center for Equity and Agency
    • Most people naturally gravitate towards the crowds that agree with them. Preaching to the choir and communities that will nod along with and applaud our messages feels wonderful, but it isn’t necessarily where we are most needed. As Title IX professionals we exist in a space where many feel uncomfortable; discussing consent, sexual misconduct, and gender can make many feel uncomfortable. So how do we build the bridges between these vital messages and parents and community members who may be less than receptive? In the session, we will explore overcoming defensiveness, working through cognitive dissonance, and creating effective paradigm shifts through values education.

Title IX and the #MeToo Movement: The Continued Need to Address Sexual Assault, Violence, and Harassment in our Society

  • Tammy Hodo, Ph.D., Owner, All Things Diverse, LLC
    • Currently there is a lot of dialogue regarding how to apply Title IX in academia. With the changing of the guard (Secretary of Education) questions surrounding overreach, inequality of application (complainant versus respondent) and what many see as a desire to cease and desist the specific components of the law that address sexual assault, harassment and violence are abound. Implementing Title IX in the workplace is imperative as we have seen with the #MeToo movement, sexual harassment, assault, etc. is not limited to academia. Gender equity in every realm of society is imperative if we are to create an equable world for all. Did Title IX help generate the #MeToo movement? Did it develop a platform for people to feel comfortable enough to come out and share their stories of assault and harassment?

Featured Session C

When Everything Goes Wrong: Summary of Court Cases

  • Mark Hathaway, Esq., Attorney, Hathaway Parker
  • Andrew Miltenberg, Esq., Partner, Nesenoff & Miltenberg, LLP
    • This session will give an overview of current litigation, recent appellate decisions, and specific legal issues that have impacted Title IX investigations and adjudication on campuses nationwide. The presentation is by two attorneys, Andrew Miltenberg from New York and Mark Hathaway from California, who together are responsible for over 100 court cases out of the approximately 418 court cases filed in the United States since the April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague letter was issued by OCR. There will be a question and answer period.

It’s Not He Said, She Said, They Said: A Forensic Psychiatrist’s Approach to Assessing Sexual Misconduct Allegations

  • Barbara Ziv, M.D., Professor, Temple University Medical School
    • Allegations of sexual misconduct are treated differently than any other type of wrongdoing or workplace complaint. As a consequence, these investigations often result in conclusions that, at best, are perceived as unfair and, at worst, are wrong. By using evidenced based, best practices for assessing claims of sexual misconduct, more accurate, thorough, and even-handed resolutions will result. Topics will include interviewing techniques, patterns of behavior of victims of sexual harassment/assault, patterns of behavior of perpetrators of sexual harassment/assault, false allegations, psychological consequences of both sexual harassment/assault and the investigative process.

Featured Session D

Title IX and Race: Conscious Compliance

  • Georgina Dodge, Ph.D., Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, University of Maryland College Park & ATIXA Advisory Board Member
  • Sheilah Vance, Esq., Attorney, Private Practice, ATIXA Advisory Board Member & TNG Affiliated Consultant
    • Various disciplines and professions have their definitions and understandings of conscious compliance. The speakers will present a vision and program of Conscious Compliance as it relates to Title IX and race. A post-racial, color-blind society remains elusive, and “thorough” and “impartial” are hallmarks of compliant Title IX programs. Conscious compliance with Title IX’s sexual harassment and discrimination provisions requires educational institutions to be aware of racial dynamics, biases, and equity strategies. This session will examine Title IX litigation that addresses: race; the impact of race on constituent group attitudes and culture towards Title IX compliance; race and the student-athlete; how to detect and correct bias in your Title IX program; and how to develop education, training, prevention, reporting, investigative, and decision-making programs that address and respond to racial dynamics.

Title and Abstract Pending: Regarding Blackouts

  • Reagan Wetherill, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Check back soon for more details!

Roundtable Topics

Round 1

  • Title IX in the PreK-12 Setting
  • New Title IX Regulations
  • Athletics and Title IX
  • Transgender Student Inclusivity
  • Title IX Equity Requirements Beyond Harassment
  • Title IX and Race
  • Intersection of Title VII and Title IX
  • Free Speech and Sexual Harassment
  • Advocacy and Prevention
  • Litigation and Case Law

Round 2

  • Engaging Men and Title IX
  • Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Title IX in the Community College Setting
  • Investigation Best Practices
  • Title IX and Behavioral Intervention Teams
  • Title IX Administrator Burnout
  • Title IX Jurisdictional Issues
  • Preliminary Inquiries and Initial Actions
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • New Title IX Regulations

Conference Registration

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Conference Registration Rates

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Early Bird Rates (Register by Friday, July 26th, 2019)

  • ATIXA Member: $419
  • Non-ATIXA Member: $509
  • Student (degree-seeking and not a full-time employee of any institution): $109

Regular Registration Rates (Register by Wednesday, September 18th, 2019)

  • ATIXA Member: $439
  • Non-ATIXA Member: $549
  • Student (degree-seeking and not a full-time employee of any institution): $109

Late Registration Rates (Register after Wednesday, September 18th, 2019)

  • ATIXA Member: $549
  • Non-ATIXA Member: $689
  • Student (degree-seeking and not a full-time employee of any institution): $109

Conference registration fee includes the attendee welcome reception, continental breakfast, morning beverage service and afternoon snack breaks each day. Additionally, all exhibitor materials, conference session materials and ATIXA developed supplemental materials are also included. 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. A separate registration fee is required for general conference attendance.

Registration fees apply to all attendees, including retainer clients, super and premium membership categories 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. A separate registration and fee is required for the general conference attendance.


Sunday, September 29th, 2019; 9am – 5pm

Monday, September 30th, 2019: 9am-5pm

Sunday, September 29th & Monday, September 30th, 2019; 9am – 5pm daily
Registration fee for courses below include the ATIXA Investigation in a Box Kit, the New One Policy, One Process Model Policies, the Electronic ATIXA Playbook, all Supplemental Materials and a three-month Individual Trial Membership to ATIXA (if applicable)


Thursday, October 3rd – Saturday, October 5th, 2019
Thursday, October 3rd: 2pm – 6pm, Friday, October 4th: 9am – 5pm, Saturday, October 5th: 8:30am – 11:30am
Registration fee for courses below include the ATIXA Investigation in a Box Kit, the New One Policy, One Process Model Policies, the Electronic ATIXA Playbook, all Supplemental Materials and a three-month Individual Trial Membership to ATIXA (if applicable)

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Pre- and post-conference registration fee includes course registration, printed materials, all items listed above, 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.

Scholarship applications were closed on Monday, June 3rd, 2019. All submitters will be notified by Wednesday June 26th, 2019.

Conference & Training Event Hotel and Location

Philadelphia 201 Hotel
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 will close on September 7th, 2019 or when the room block is filled up. Please click here to be directed to the hotel room reservation discount portal.

Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at 1-866-716-8134 and mentioning the ‘2019 ATIXA East Coast 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.


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


There is both a 17th street entrance and a 16th street entrance to The Philadelphia 201 Hotel which both direct to the hotel front entrance and the valet parking attendant. 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 Spring Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (entrances on Spring and 16th Streets). Space is subject to availability and the rate is $22/day. There is also an early bird rate if you are in the lot by 9am and out by 6pm for $15/day. If utilizing the Gateway Parking structure, please go to the hotel to drop off your luggage to the concierge before heading over.

If driving in, and looking for an even more cost-effective option, you can find all-day street parking in a neighborhood close by and Uber/Lyft the shorter distance to the hotel.

What to Do in Philadelphia

Learn more about local Philadelphia attractions.

Philadelphia 201 Hotel, 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.

The best bang for your buck to explore the city is on the Philly PHLASH. The PHLASH is a quick, easy and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions. You can get on/off as many times as you would like throughout the day/night for a low rate of $5 per person/day or buy a $2 per person/ride pass. Children 4 and under and seniors are always FREE!

Philadelphia Downtown Restaurants
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Contact the Conference Committee

For more information, please contact the ATIXA Conference Committee at or 610-644-7858.