The 2019 ATIXA East Coast Annual Conference

September 30th – October 3rd, 2019
PHILADELPHIA 201 HOTEL
PHILADELPHIA, PA

Please contact ATIXA at conference@atixa.org 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 Proposals | Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors | Conference Schedule | Conference Keynote & Featured Speakers
Conference Concurrent Session Topics: Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session 4 | Roundtable Topics
Conference Registration | August Registration Promotion: Regs Prep Tookkit
Pre- and Post-Conference Opportunities | Scholarships
Hotel & Conference Location | Contact the Conference Committee


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

Call for Proposal applications are closed. All submitters were notified on Friday, July 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 has been extended to Wednesday, August 28th, 2019! Please review our Sponsor & Exhibitor Brochure for information on sponsoring levels and exhibit schedule.

Email our team at conference@atixa.org 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 chilly 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

ATIXA 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.

Alcohol-Induced Blackouts: What Happened? How Did We Get Here?

  • Reagan Wetherill, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
    • Drinking to the point of a blackout has gained notoriety in recent years. Unfortunately, and perhaps consequently, the term blackout is often used incorrectly and/or misinformation about blackouts exists. This session will provide accurate, scientific information about alcohol’s effects on the brain, behavior, and alcohol-induced blackouts. What is a blackout? Can you tell if someone is in a blackout? How is a blackout different from passing out? This session will answer these questions and equip Title IX Coordinators with facts and resources to use when handling alcohol-related cases.

Concurrent Session Topics

Concurrent Session 1

Title IX and Beyond in Academic Medicine: Creating a Paradigm for Gender Equity

  • Daniela Sorokko Harris, J.D., Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Medical University of South Carolina
    • Despite a substantial increase of women in medicine, certain gender disparities continue to exist, including in compensation and promotion rates of faculty members and in evaluations of students and trainees. Such disparities are connected to both tangible and intangible costs, including high rates of attrition, depression, and burnout among women in medicine. This presentation will (1) provide a history of Title IX and gender equity in academic medicine; (2) describe the current experiences of women students, trainees (residents and fellows), and faculty members in U.S. medical schools; and (3) discuss initiatives to improve the culture of academic medicine as it relates to gender equity. The content will draw from external research (e.g. peer-reviewed studies) as well as provide a case study that examines the state of gender equity at the Medical University of South Carolina

Strength in Numbers: Creating an Organizational Structure to Support Title IX Work

  • Catherine Spear, J.D., Associate Vice President, Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, University of Virginia
  • Emily Babb, Assistant Vice President for Title IX Compliance & Title IX Coordinator, University of Virginia
    • Many colleges and universities have a separate policy that applies only to harassment based on sex/gender and other forms of interpersonal violence consistent with Title IX and VAWA; in some instances, these policies apply only to students and there are separate policies that apply to employees. Regardless of what structure your institution currently has, this session will explore tested strategies for effective collaboration with partners with whom Title IX offices/Title IX Coordinators are frequently called upon to partner with to resolve matters, in particular Employee Relations/Human Resources or other equity partners who investigate under different policies and procedures that address harassment based on other protected characteristics, such as disability, race, and ethnicity. What do you do when a Title IX matter also involves allegations of racial and disability harassment? What do you do when a Title IX matter involves a student and an employee, or just employees? Using the University of Virginia’s structure as a backdrop, as well as case studies, participants will engage with the presenters in a discussion around promising protocols and practices, honed from the presenters’ collective decades of experience both at OCR and in higher education, including their views on what’s worked well, and the most important of all teachers – what not so well!

The Shocking Legal Loophole that Sets Sex Crime Offenders Free

  • Joyce Short, Founder, ConsentAwareness.net
    • Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, R. Kelly; why is locking up sex crime offenders so tough? What does this mean for students and Title IX Administrators and how can we change it? This presentation will focus on these cases, the types of agreements, and how those consent provisions are applicable in your state. All of this will show why being knowledgeable about the legal system is critical for conquering sexual assault.

Representational Language: From Buzzwords to Action

  • Olivia Harris, M.A., Executive Director, Speak About It
    • Sex education is relational: all students, particularly when asked to think about relationships and sex, want to see their experiences represented and hear language that is relevant to their lives. That can be a struggle for educators, though we all we recognize the need for language that is inclusive, nonjudgmental, and opens up the opportunity for learning and dialogue. This workshop will address common challenges of representation and erasure using Speak About It’s brand of humor, storytelling, and theatricality, cultivated from a decade of presenting a theatrical performance about consent, boundaries, and healthy relationships across the country. Participants will use case studies from SAI’s work to discuss common challenges and lessons that we have learned, and will craft action steps to include more perspectives, experiences, and identities in their work.

The Drunk Sex Problem

  • Gentry McCreary, Ph.D., Affiliated Consultant, TNG
    • We are failing when it comes to how we navigate the conversation with students about alcohol, capacity, and consent. This session will explore the challenges associated with “Drunk Sex is Rape” education and provide a framework for how we SHOULD be navigating conversations with students about the line between drunk sex and rape.

So, You Just Received Your First OCR Complaint. Now What?

  • Tanyka M. Barber, J.D., Associate, TNG
    • Imagine being just four months into a new job and receiving a complaint from OCR alleging that your institution failed to properly handle a sexual assault report. Yes, that happened to me – and I had no clue what to expect. But, having gone through the process (a few times), I am in a good position to share some insights on how to successfully navigate the process of working with OCR. Join this session to learn some practical steps you can take and what to expect once you have received an OCR complaint.

Concurrent Session 2

First, Do Not Harm: Title IX & Sexual Misconduct of Health Professionals

  • Kathleen Colgan Vodzak, J.D., Director, Equal Opportunity/Title IX Compliance, Deputy EO/Title IX Coordinator, Drexel University
  • Lindsay Kenney, J.D., Equal Opportunity/Title IX Investigator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Drexel University
    • Students and patients are two extremely vulnerable populations. When you consider the on-campus health care dynamic that involves students who are also patients, that creates another level of vulnerability. Is your college or university affiliated with a medical school, nursing school, or hospital? If not, most (if not all) higher education and PreK-12 institutions have campus health centers, so truly no school is immune from the possibility of having to one day address a situation where allegations of misconduct are raised against a health professional. In this workshop, we will take a look at the widely publicized examples of Michigan State, University of Southern California, and Ohio State, and what we can learn from those scenarios about improving institutional response when campus health professionals are alleged to have engaged in misconduct.

Climate Assessment Beyond the Survey: Identifying and Utilizing Campus Data to Drive Practices

  • Amy Zavadil, Ph.D., Equity Compliance Officer, the University of Dayton & Advisory Board Member, ATIXA
    • Climate assessment is often equated with climate survey, though there is not a single best practice for such tools. This session will describe some common recent climate assessment tools and explore a range of campus data that can be utilized to understand the population, assess climate, and identify opportunities to inform practices. Examples will be provided, and case scenarios discussed to explore use of data in practice and inform awareness and prevention efforts.

Walking the Prevention Tightwrope: Alcohol Education and Avoiding Victim-Blaming

  • Michael Dunn, J.D., Director of Title IX Compliance and Training/Title IX Coordinator, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • Joel Aure, Title IX Coordinator, Skidmore College
  • Kyle Bishop, Ed.D., Assistant Dean of Students/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
    • Research indicates that alcohol consumption is involved in about half of college sexual assaults. Yet broaching this topic, and engaging students in prevention efforts focused on alcohol use and overall risk reduction, can be perceived as victim-blaming. Join us for a conversation about approaches, resources, and recommendations to engage a campus community in this critically important topic.

What’s in a Name? Critical Examination of Cultural Stereotypes Regarding People who Perpetrate Rape and the Importance of Language in our Training Environment

  • Heather Imrie, M.Ed., Catharsis Productions
    • This presentation will examine cultural stereotypes about the people who commit rape, where they come from, and how we may be unintentionally affirming those stereotypes in our training environments. It then challenges participants to reconsider how we talk about sex, rape, and the people who perpetrate sexual violence. Finally, it asks participants to understand the unintended consequences some of the words we currently utilize to describe people who perpetrate harm; how does this negatively impact our learning environments and how the world understands this issue?

LGBTQ+ Survivors of Gender-Based Violence: Where are our Gaps?

  • Zachary Ahmad-Kahloon, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., Prevention Specialist, Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, University of New Hampshire & Advisory Board, ATIXA
    • Research indicates high rates of violence occur in communities that are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+). However, in many places across the country there are very few LGBTQ+ people actually coming in through the front doors of our crisis centers, Title IX offices, police stations, hospitals, etc. This presentation is going to use New Hampshire as a case study where relevant data sources were examined to compile a clearer picture of the incidence and prevalence of violence and then give recommendations so we can begin to more effectively engage the LGBTQ+ community in our work. This workshop will not be an LGBTQ+ 101 so basic knowledge of the community will be expected.

Title IX Updates for PreK-12 Schools: Lessons from Recent Cases

  • Kim Pacelli, J.D., M.Ed., Associate, TNG
    • We know that PreK-12 school leaders are working hard to track case law more than ever right now to learn what is required of schools to prevent, stop, and remedy gender and sex discrimination. In this session, we will focus on key recent cases and issues for PreK-12 administrators to have on their radar. We’ll briefly cover some of the foundational basics of Title IX and student conduct law. We will then review recent court cases that provide instructive guidance for school leaders. Topics will include sexual harassment, sexual assault, free speech, hazing, bullying and cyberbullying, working with transgender students, interim measures, no-contact orders, and the role of behavior intervention teams. Higher education colleagues will also benefit from these discussions, as well.

Concurrent Session 3

A Seat at the Table: The Complexity of Race, Gender, and Interlocking Oppressions in Sexual Misconduct Work

  • Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, Ph.D., Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Mount Holyoke College
  • Shannon DaSilva, M.S.W., Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator, Mount Holyoke College
    • This session will explore how to ameliorate issues of sexual misconduct using an intersectional analysis. Our work seeks to understand the various complexities interwoven in individual cases considering histories and legacies of racism, sexism, cissexism, and heteronormativity. We use case study analyses to explore the various -isms and how individual identities impact sexual misconduct cases.

Applying a Collaborative Approach to Sexual Violence: Using Case Examples of Challenging Cases

  • Nastia Gorodilova, Senior Coordinator of Systems and Training, NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
  • Mary Haviland, Esq. Executive Director, NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
  • Andrea Stagg, Esq. Deputy General Counsel, Barnard College
    • Through a panel presentation, this session will explore pathways of collaboration between institutions of higher education and the sexual assault community to further the common goal of providing safe educational environments to students. The conversation will focus on case studies including the ‘gray area’ cases that often occur on college campuses and challenge higher education staff. Balancing the priorities of institutional compliance, student safety, equity, advocates, local law enforcement, parents, press – the role of a Title IX Coordinator is complex and constantly changing. This panel will present the perspectives of higher education staff, rape crisis professionals, and student leaders, as well as engage the audience in a conversation of concrete ways of finding common purpose in addressing sexual violence on campus.

Reluctant Witnesses: Best Practices for Engaging Individuals in Challenging Title IX Investigations

  • Dan Schorr, Managing Director, J.D., Ankura, Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Investigations Practice
  • Alyssa-Rae McGinn, Senior Associate, Ankura, Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Investigations Practice
    • In this session, two experts in the field of investigations will present best practices in investigating reports of sexual misconduct and harassment involving reluctant or challenging parties or witnesses. As external investigators working with a number of educational institutions, the presenters will draw upon experience investigating reports of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and gender-based and racial harassment involving students, faculty, and staff to illustrate effective interviewing methods. This session will focus on techniques for building rapport, communicating compassion while remaining fair, and framing questions in order to draw out important information and evidence. These techniques can help an interviewee feel more comfortable both in the interview and with the process more generally, and lead to deeper, more effective investigations.

#MeToo Laws and Higher Ed: An Overview of the New and Pending Anti-Harassment Training Mandates and What It Means for Your Institution

  • Preston Clark, Get Inclusive
    • Check back soon for further details!

(Don’t) Lie to Me: Exploring Credibility in Investigations and Beyond

  • Anna Oppenheim, J.D., Supervising Lead Consultant, TNG and Advisory Board, ATIXA
  • Joseph Vincent, M.L.S., Associate Consultant, TNG
    • Assessing credibility has always been an essential element of a well-conducted investigation. Now more than ever, investigators and hearing panel members need to understand how to consider various elements of testimony and how to thoroughly render – and communicate – credibility analyses. Come discuss the science, faux-science, cases, and best practices related to the practice of deciphering whether information is credible.

A Successful PreK-12 Staff Training on Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment

  • Kimberly Shannon, Gender Equity Coordinator, M.S., J.D. Candidate, NYC Department of Education
    • In this session, we will look over a full-day training on student-to-student sexual harassment that was delivered to over 1,800 school staff during the 2018-19 school year. The training received 98% positive feedback, with many commenting that it was clear, informative, and in many cases even fun. The training went over the prevalence of sexual harassment, sexual development of children, definition of sexual harassment, intersectionality and oppression, trauma-informed care, school obligations, and how to talk to students about consent and respect. This session will discuss content as well as facilitator tips.

Concurrent Session 4

No Laughing Matter? Understanding How Humor Helps Prevention Education Break Through and Make Real Change

  • Heather Imrie, M.Ed., Catharsis Productions
    • Using humor to teach students about sexual violence is often a controversial topic but when used appropriately, humor is positively associated with students’ learning, retention, and recall of information. Studies have found that humor decreased negative feelings in the student and increased engagement which in turn increased recall. This presentation will examine how humor can be incorporated in both live and online programing, examples will be included.

Transgender Student Rights on Trial

  • Kirsten Doolittle, J.D., Board Certified Labor and Employment Lawyer, Aequitas Counsel: An Investigations Law Firm
    • This presentation provides an overview of the first trial in the U.S. concerning a transgender student’s right to use a restroom that aligns with their gender identity. The presentation will include a discussion of the posture of the case, an overview of the most recent transgender student rights cases, as well as practical solutions for PreK-12 schools facing this issue.

Well done, Well-done, or Well, done: Tips for Composing Clear and Concise Investigation Reports

  • Mandy Hambleton, M.S., Title IX Director, Florida State University
  • Regina Curran, J.D., Title IX Program Officer, American University
  • April Paul Baer, Ed.D., Director of Investigations and Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator, Appalachian State University
    • The ability to compose a well-written investigation report is imperative to providing a reliable, fair, and impartial investigation. While many presentations and trainings discuss what should be included in an investigation report, the “how” and “why” are often unaddressed. The presenters will address common pitfalls observed in written reports, such as organizational construction, flow, and syntax, and the unintended consequences they can cause in both internal and external processes. The presenters will share first-hand experiences from writing and reviewing reports to provide direct and applicable suggestions to improve the process of generating quality investigation reports. Topics addressed will include: voice, tone, word choice, incorporating quotations, incorporating sensitive information, footnotes, and more.

Community Colleges and Title IX: How Can We Meet our Title IX Obligations When our Schools are Often Left out of the Discussion?

  • Alex Baldino, J.D., Director of Compliance/Title IX Co-Coordinator, Portland Community College
    • Community colleges educate more than one-third of all students in the United States, and serve more diverse, marginalized, and vulnerable students than our four-year counterparts, yet our students are not necessarily the students policy-makers envision when promulgating rules, laws, or deciding lawsuits. The first part of this session will look at Portland Community College’s recent policy development process and how specific, community college issues were addressed. The remainder of the session will focus on practitioners and provide a space to share their experiences and learn from one another to think through issues impacting our campuses. Participants are encouraged to bring specific case studies to work through, discussion topics include: providing support when we do not have jurisdiction over respondents; issues specific to community and continuing education students; working with advocates and unions; and more.

The Intersection of Title IX and BIT

  • Makenzie Schiemann, M.S., Associate Consultant, TNG & Associate Executive Director, NaBITA
    • While the behavioral intervention team and Title IX administrators have individual roles and areas of expertise on campus, the two departments need to be prepared to collaborate and communicate as cases overlap and intersect. This presentation will discuss the overlap of BIT and Title IX and provide strategies for ensuring effective communication and collaboration. Additionally, the presentation will explore the role of Title IX on the BIT membership and will use case studies to provide participants hands-on experience with the intersection of the Title IX and BIT.

#yesallmen: A Conversation about Masculinity and Men’s Role in Violence Prevention

  • Zachary Ahmad-Kahloon, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., Prevention Specialist, Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, University of New Hampshire and Advisory Board, ATIXA
  • Malik Washington, Associate Director of the Office of Violence Prevention, University of Pennsylvania
  • Toby Fraser, Manager for Community Education, Lutheran Settlement House
  • Olivia Harris, M.A., Executive Director, Speak About It
    • What is men’s role in sexual assault prevention? This dynamic panel discussion will explore masculinity and gender construction in sexual violence, as well as the unique role men play in violence prevention. Expert panelists from the University of New Hampshire, University of Pennsylvania, Lutheran Settlement House, and Speak About It offer a diversity of perspectives, geographies, and experiences working with men on these issues. The speakers will use their insight to help audiences identify strategies, solutions, and challenges in engaging men in their communities in violence prevention initiatives.

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.

2019 August Annual Conference Promotion:
Regs Prep Toolkit

Register during the month of August and receive:

Here at ATIXA, we hear from our members each and every day regarding their uncertainty surrounding the proposed regulations. When are they going to be finalized? What will be included? How can we prepare now? In order to best serve our conference body to engage in meaningful dialogue this fall, we are offering a special promotion to those who will be joining us in Philadelphia for our East Coast Annual Conference. We have curated ATIXA’s most recent thought leadership and content to same-page you as we look to get the most out of our professional development experiences together.

The redline review was completed in November 2018 by the TNG Partners, and offers informal comments and feedback regarding the Proposed Regulations. The first slide presentation is from the January 2019 “Regulations Overview” webinar and is designed to provide an overview of regulations and substantive areas in which ATIXA will continue to lead the field. The second slide presentation is taken from the March 2019 “Steps to be Taking Now” webinar and it offers thoughts on current best practice, highlights the first principles that undergird Title IX, and prepares practitioners for the future direction of litigation and regulation.

Please note that no substitutions or exceptions will be made for prior registrants or for different inclusions. Promotion inclusions will be sent to registrants as payment is received. Direct any further questions to conference@atixa.org.

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.

Pre-Conferences

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)

Post-Conferences

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)

Please click here to register online
Please click here to register by cheque

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
215-448-2000

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.

Transportation

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.

Directions
Airport Shuttles

Parking

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
Dining Options

Contact the Conference Committee

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