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October 19 - October 20, 2021
2021 ATIXA Annual Conference

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  • Date
    October 19 - October 20, 2021
  • Location
    Virtual
  • Speakers
    13 Professional Speakers

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 10:00am – 6:15pm ET
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 10:00am – 2:30pm ET

ATIXA is pleased to announce our 2021 ATIXA Virtual Conference lineup. As always, the ATIXA Annual Conference is the leading conference in the field of Title IX. With the release of the Title IX regulations in 2020 and the potential for additional revisions to come, ATIXA recognizes that our members and the field are eager for opportunities to learn and connect with other Title IX professionals who are interested in serving their districts, institutions, and organizations more effectively.

The ATIXA Virtual Conference has been planned to offer you an exceptional professional development experience, and we’ve gone the extra mile to ensure it is highly engaging and very worth your while.

This year’s day and a half Virtual Conference will feature live presentations and interactive sessions including:

  • The Opening Keynote Speakers Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan, Authors of “Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus.”
  • Six featured speaker sessions and sixteen live concurrent sessions on a wide variety of Title IX topics relevant to both higher education and K-12 professionals, all inclusive of time for Q&A.
    • Apply to be a concurrent speaker HERE.
  • Two roundtable sessions, covering ten different Title IX related topics led by experts in the field
  • A networking reception that will give participants the opportunity to connect with your colleagues in the field
  • The Closing Keynote session on “The State of the Field,” featuring our Partner panel with Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., Chair of the Board, TNG & President, ATIXA, Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., Partner, TNG & Vice President, ATIXA, W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Managing Partner, TNG & Advisory Board, ATIXA, Kim Pacelli, M.Ed., J.D., Partner, TNG & Advisory Board, ATIXA, Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., Partner, TNG & Advisory Board, ATIXA, with ATIXA Advisory Board Member, Catherine Spear, J.D., Vice President, Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, University of Southern California.

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Member Rate:

$299

Non-Member Rate:

$399

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15%

A 15% discount on the conference registration fee if you bundle the purchase of the conference with any 2021 Training & Certification Course registration. Click below to explore the upcoming trainings. The conference bundle option will appear upon check out of a training registration.

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Recording Package Rate:

$299

The On Demand Recording Package is available for Pre-Purchase and will be in available by October 29, 2021. Please note, the recording package will not include Roundtables and Receptions.

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Conference Schedule

  • ADA/504 Issues
  • Advocacy/Prevention
  • Investigations
  • K-12 Arena
  • Coordination

Conference Welcome Video

10:00am ET

Welcome to the 2021 ATIXA Annual Virtual Conference! This video, emailed to registered attendees and available for viewing on the ATIXA Event Lobby, will welcome attendees to this year’s virtual ATIXA Conference with a message from ATIXA President, Brett A. Sokolow, J.D.

  • Tracks:

Opening Keynote: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

10:00am - 11:30am ET

In Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus, (an NPR best book of 2020) Columbia Professor Jennifer S. Hirsch and Princeton Professor Shamus Khan lay out an expansive, empirically-grounded vision for campus sexual assault prevention. Sexual Citizens puts forth powerful new concepts to help explain the forces in young people’s sexual lives: sexual projects (the various motives college students have for pursuing sex), sexual citizenship (the possession of one’s sexual agency, and the respect for another’s), and sexual geographies (the landscapes, both physical and social, that shape the power dynamics and contexts of sex). With empathy and compassion for the many struggles that young people face, they approach sexual assault as a public health problem and explain it by setting out a broader understanding of how sex is organized and what it means to young people in college.

  • Tracks:

Roundtable Session One

11:45am - 12:30pm ET

More Information Forthcoming!

  • Tracks:

Featured Session A: Virtual Investigation Best Practices

12:40pm - 2:00pm ET

More Information Forthcoming!

  • Tracks:

Featured Session A: Informal Resolution - When and How to Use it

12:40pm - 2:00pm ET

What are the various forms of informal resolution and what types of conflicts are amenable to which forms? How do you present options to the parties? How do you use informal resolution when there are multiple complainants and/or respondents? What should be codified if there is an agreement? How can agreements be enforced? These and other practical questions about using informal resolution in Title IX cases are answered in this Featured session.

  • Tracks:

Featured Session A: Presenter and Title Forthcoming

12:40pm - 2:00pm ET

More Information Forthcoming!

Roundtable Session Two

3:00pm - 3:45pm ET

More Information Forthcoming!

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Fun & Games Networking Night

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Join us for fun and games networking with Title IX professionals and ATIXA experts around the country!

Featured Session B: Assessing Credibility in Title IX Investigations: Spotting Lies and Getting To The Truth

10:00am - 11:20am ET

This session will discuss a process to uncover relevant information and assess the credibility of witnesses, complainants and accused. Areas to be presented include techniques to distinguish between truthful and deceptive behavioral symptoms and how the 3 C’s of Investigative Management, Competence, Corroboration, and Common Sense, have a crucial role in the assessment process.

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Featured Session B: When Protected Speech Causes Harm-Cultivating Caring Community Responses

10:00am - 11:20am ET

This session will address how to effectively and empathetically respond to reports of harassment that may involve protected speech, such as faculty, staff, and students espousing sexist, homophobic, and racist opinions, without infringing upon free speech and academic freedom:

  • Guiding legal principles
  • Context matters: from the classroom to social media
  • Strategies for going beyond simply “it doesn’t violate our non-discrimination policy” or “it’s protected speech” responses
  • Affirming institutional values
  • Promoting community resiliency
  • Supportive resources
  • Take-away tips
  • Tracks:

Featured Session B: Training & Prevention, What's the Difference?

10:00am - 11:20am ET

There is a distinction between training staff and providing prevention education, both are important.  This session will provide practical discussion and planning tools to:

  • Identify degrees of training (e.g. those who are part of the response process; those who are required reporters) and types of prevention education (e.g. awareness building, skill building)
  • Explore essential content of training
  • Define overlap and differences between training and prevention
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Closing Keynote Panel: An Update on the State of the Field

1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

More Information Forthcoming!

  • Tracks:

Event Speakers

Amy Zavadil, Ph.D.

Founder and Consultant, Amy Zavadil Consulting & Advisory Board, ATIXA

Cara Tuttle Bell, J.D., M.A.

Director, Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response and Senior Lecturer at Vanderbilt University

Catherine Spear, J.D.

Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, University of Southern California & Advisory Board, ATIXA

Frank E. Rudewicz, Esq.

Principal and Counsel, Special Advisory Services, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Jennifer Hirsch, Ph.D.

Professor of Socio-Medical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Joseph Vincent, M.L.S.

Senior Associate, TNG and Advisory Board, ATIXA

Kim Pacelli, M.Ed., J.D.

Partner, TNG & Advisory Board, ATIXA

Rick Olshak, M.S

Director, Title IX Compliance, The Texas A&M University System and Advisory Board, ATIXA

Saundra K. Schuster, M.A., J.D.

Partner, TNG & Advisory Board, ATIXA

Shamus Kahn, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology and American Studies, Princeton University

W. Scott Lewis, J.D.

Managing Partner, TNG & Advisory Board, ATIXA

Brett A. Sokolow, J.D.

Chair of the Board, TNG & President, ATIXA

Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed. D.

Partner, TNG; Vice President, ATIXA

How to Participate in the Conference

There are two ways to participate in this year’s conference. You can attend live or purchase a recording package for viewing at a later date.

Attend Live via Zoom:

Our Keynotes, Features, Concurrents, Roundtables, and Reception will be completed Live via Zoom inclusive of a Q&A session, all of which will also be recorded for later viewing.

Attendees can choose one of 3 Featured Speaker options for each time slot, inclusive of a live Q&A session immediately following. Attendees can choose one of 6 Concurrent Speaker options for each time slot, inclusive of a live Q&A session immediately following. Attendees can choose one of 10 Roundtable Topics for each time slot.

Please note: Anonymous participation is possible in the live Q&A and Roundtables with the assistance of our moderators to ask questions on your behalf.

As part of your Conference purchase, attendees will receive a Conference Recording Package which will include all Keynote Sessions, all 9 Featured Speaker Sessions, all 16 Concurrent Speaker Sessions, inclusive of the live Q&A’s (Available by October 29, 2021). Register Here

On Demand Recording Package Only:

If you do not plan to attend the virtual conference live, but want to participate at your own pace, it is possible to purchase the 2021 Annual Conference On Demand Recording Package only, which includes all items in the Conference Schedule above except the Roundtables, and Receptions. Click HERE to purchase.

Call for Proposals

ATIXA is soliciting program proposals for the 2021 Annual Conference. The Call for Proposals closes on Friday, August 6, 2021. Notifications of acceptance/rejection will go out electronically by Friday, August 18, 2021.

Please see below for session information:

  • Breakout sessions are 60 minutes long
  • We are seeking sessions which present information in the following areas:
    • Relevance to the topics of Title IX, Policies, Advocacy and Prevention, Title VII, ADA/504, and the Violence Against Women Act 304, Hearing Panels, 2020 Regulations, or the Clery Act
    • Completeness, detail, and professionalism of the proposal
    • Evidence‐based, promising, and innovative model programs/practices are welcome, but please ensure that an institution-specific program must include broader application and takeaways to be considered
    • Engaging format, presenters, and/or concepts
  • Selections will be based on the following criteria:
    • Concurrent sessions are 60 minutes long inclusive of a Q&A session
    • Co‐presented sessions are encouraged
    • All presenters will be registered for the conference complimentary and present over Zoom either pre-recorded or live for our attendees
    • You need not be an ATIXA member to attend, nor present.
    • If accepted, presentation materials will be due on or before September 10th, 2021.
  • You are encouraged to submit multiple proposals
  • If your program is selected, the presentation abstract provided in the application will be included on the event site. Please make sure the abstract clearly conveys the objective, theme, and style of the presentation.

Click here to complete the application and submit your program proposal.

Scholarships

In service to the field, ATIXA welcomes the submission of scholarship applications for its upcoming Annual Conference. 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 our questions. Only full, complete applications will be considered.

  • Scholarship applications are due by September 3, 2021.
  • Applicants will be notified on or before September 15, 2021 of scholarship application status.

Click here to view submission instructions and to complete your application.

Research Grants

Research Awards in the amount of $2500 will be given to those creating new and innovative research in the field of Title IX Compliance and Best Practices. The ATIXA Research Award is granted based on the scope of the study, the contribution to the field, and advancement of best practices.

The 2021 Research Grant applications will close July 31, 2021. All grant recipients will be notified by August 23, 2021.

Click here to view more information and apply.

FAQs / Find Your Answers

Upon purchase completion, you will receive a registration confirmation email. At that time the ATIXA Event Lobby page will allow you access by logging in with your email address (no password is required). If you enter your email address and the event lobby does not allow you access, or you gain access to the Lobby but it does not show the 2021 Annual Virtual Conference listed as one of your registered events, then you are not registered correctly. Please contact us at conference@atixa.org so that we can provide assistance or use the chat feature in the lower right hand corner of this site.

Our Training & Certification Courses have the ability to bundle with our 2021 Annual Virtual Conference, being held October 19-20, 2021.

By clicking on the ‘Register Now’ links in each course offering, you will be offered a discounted Conference rate prior to check out.

The 15% discounted rate can only be purchased in conjunction with our Training & Certification Courses at point of purchase, as we cannot add in the discount after purchase.

Click here to view our courses.

Upon purchase completion, you will receive a registration confirmation email. At that time the ATIXA Event Lobby page will allow you access by logging in with your email address (no password is required). If you enter your email address and the event lobby does not allow you access, or you gain access to the Lobby but it does not show the 2021 Annual Virtual Conference listed as one of your registered events, then you are not registered correctly. Please contact us at conference@atixa.org so that we can provide assistance or use the chat feature in the lower right hand corner of this site.

Attend the Conference Live:
Member Discounted Pricing: $299/person
Non-Member Pricing: $399/person

Recording Package Only:
Recording Package Only: $299/person
The Recording Package is available for Pre-Purchase and will be available by October 29, 2021

Receive a 15% discount on the conference registration fee if you bundle the purchase of the conference with any 2021 Virtual Training Course registrations. Schedule of upcoming trainings can be found HERE.

Scholarships for the conference are also available, please click HERE to apply.

Virtual Conference Sponsorship opportunities are available in 2021! If your school district, institution, business, company, or organization would like to learn more, please click HERE to apply.

For this year’s 2021 Annual Virtual Conference, we are offering five conference tracks: ADA/504 Issues, Advocacy/Prevention, Investigations, K-12 Arena, and Coordination.

As a conference attendee, these track designations allow you to customize your viewing experience. For example:

  • Move seamlessly between sessions across the five tracks, receiving content in all content areas.
  • Choose only to attend sessions aligned with a singular track, receiving targeted content for your area of interest.

The five tracks are represented under each session description by the following symbols:

ATIXA is soliciting program proposals for the 2021 Annual Conference. The Call for Proposals closes on Friday, August 6, 2021. Notifications of acceptance/rejection will go out electronically by Friday, August 18, 2021.

Please see below for session information:

  • Breakout sessions are 75 minutes long
  • We are seeking sessions which present information in the following areas:
    • Relevance to the topics of Title IX, Policies, Advocacy and Prevention, Title VII, ADA/504, and the Violence Against Women Act 304, Hearing Panels, 2020 Regulations, or the Clery Act
    • Completeness, detail, and professionalism of the proposal
    • Evidence‐based, promising, and innovative model programs/practices are welcome, but please ensure that an institution-specific program must include broader application and takeaways to be considered
    • Engaging format, presenters, and/or concepts
  • Selections will be based on the following criteria:
    • Concurrent sessions are 75 minutes long inclusive of a Q&A session
    • Co‐presented sessions are encouraged
    • All presenters will be registered for the conference complimentary and present over Zoom either pre-recorded or live for our attendees
    • You need not be an ATIXA member to attend, nor present.
    • If accepted, presentation materials will be due on or before September 10th, 2021.
  • You are encouraged to submit multiple proposals
  • If your program is selected, the presentation abstract provided in the application will be included on the event site. Please make sure the abstract clearly conveys the objective, theme, and style of the presentation.

Click here to complete the application and submit your program proposal.

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