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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
    27 Professional Speakers

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 10:00am – 6:15pm ET
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 10:00am – 3:00pm 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 six 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 eleven 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
  • A Plenary session on “The State of the Field,” featuring the TNG Partners and ATIXA Advisory Board Member, Catherine Spear, J.D., Vice President, Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, University of Southern California.
  • A Closing Keynote Panel Discussion, “Why the Fight for Trans Inclusion in Sports is the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time: A Panel Discussion Inspired by Changing the Game.” View the trailer here.

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$299

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$399

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$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.

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Roundtable Session One - Topics and Facilitators

11:45am - 12:30pm ET

  1. Investigative Strategy & Best Practices – Leah Reynolds & Joseph Vincent
  2. Informal Resolutions – Rick Olshak & Mandy Hambleton
  3. Title IX in the Community College – Natti Marlaire & Samantha Folb
  4. Bias, Race, & Cultural Competencies –  Tanyka Barber & Sheila Vance
  5. Title IX Jurisdictional Issues – Kim Pacelli & W. Scott Lewis
  6. Deliberate Indifference  – Saundra K. Schuster & Emily Babb
  7. Working Effectively with Hearing Panel Advisors – Leah Gutknecht & Claire N. Kaplan
  8. Title IX in the K-12 Setting – Kim Kennedy & Jan Perry Evenstad
  9. Transgender Student Inclusivity – Gia Sanchez & Erin Busuvis
  10. Title IX & BIT Intersections – Makenzie Schiemann & Belinda Guthrie
  11. Challenges and Best Practices in Outsourcing Investigations, Hearing Officers, and Advisors – Brett A. Sokolow & Daniel Swinton
  • Tracks:

Featured Session A: Virtual Investigation Best Practices

12:40pm - 2:00pm ET

Like almost everything else in life, March 2020 marked a shift in school-based civil rights investigations from in-person meetings and interactions to exclusively virtual communication methods. Many of the bedrock principles of investigating civil rights allegations remain the same in the virtual environment, but investigators had to quickly adapt to apply best practices to the new normal. In this session, we’ll address some of the practical necessities of investigating via video, explore the application of more advanced, often nuanced approaches, and discuss how to translate both the art and science of interviewing to a screen-based setting. As an external civil rights investigator, Joseph Vincent brings years of real-life experience conducting virtual investigations of allegations of all types. Expect the conversation to range from the mundane but necessary (like knowing how your software works and explaining the functionality to an already-uncomfortable interviewee) to the trauma-infused interview (how to manage through emotions and pay attention to your appearance and surroundings) to a discovery of some of the distinct advantages of video-based interviewing (yes, it’s not all bad!).

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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.

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Featured Session A: Supporting and Including Transgender Students in the Classroom and Beyond

12:40pm - 2:00pm ET

With hundreds of bills introduced across the country and at least 18 new laws specifically targeting transgender youth, 2021 has become the worst year for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. From trans medical care bans to laws prohibiting trans girls from participating in sports to legislation that would make it a felony crime for parents to support their trans children with life-saving health care, transgender youth have become a lightening rod and a political pawn as lawmakers have lasered attention onto an already vulnerable population. What can we do to support the transgender young people in our lives, including creating safer and more affirming spaces in our schools, on our teams, and in our communities? Shane Diamond (he/him) is the founder and former executive director of Speak About It, former communications manager at the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, current impact campaign coordinator for Changing the Game, and trans man who wants to share his experience, resiliency, and tangible action steps with anyone who wants to be a better ally, parent, support, educator, or resource for transgender youth. Focused specifically for K-12 teachers and administrators, Shane will walk you through examples of successful policies, seemingly small changes to classrooms that can make a huge difference for trans students, what cisgender allyship looks like, and where participants can turn for more information. This 80-minute session will feature approximately 50 minutes of instruction from Shane and 30 minutes of open and honest Q&A with a real, live trans person!

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Roundtable Session Two - Topics and Facilitators

3:00pm - 3:45pm ET

  1. Investigative Strategy & Best Practices – Leah Reynolds & Joseph Vincent
  2. Informal Resolutions – Rick Olshak & Mandy Hambleton
  3. Title IX in the Community College – Natti Marlaire & Samantha Folb
  4. Bias, Race, & Cultural Competencies –  Tanyka Barber & Sheila Vance
  5. Title IX Jurisdictional Issues – Kim Pacelli & W. Scott Lewis
  6. Deliberate Indifference  – Saundra K. Schuster & Emily Babb
  7. Working Effectively with Hearing Panel Advisors – Leah Gutknecht & Claire N. Kaplan
  8. Title IX in the K-12 Setting – Kim Kennedy & Jan Perry Evenstad
  9. Transgender Student Inclusivity – Gia Sanchez & Erin Busuvis
  10. Title IX & BIT Intersections – Makenzie Schiemann & Belinda Guthrie
  11. Challenges and Best Practices in Outsourcing Investigations, Hearing Officers, and Advisors – Brett A. Sokolow & Daniel Swinton
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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!

Plenary Session Panel: An Update on the State of the Field

10:00am - 11:30am ET

Join TNG Partners and ATIXA Advisory Board Members with Catherine Spear for a panel discussion on the State of the Field of Title IX with the 2020 Title IX Regulations and the potential changes within the Office of Civil Rights under the Biden Administration.

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

11:35am - 12:55pm 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

11:35am - 12:55pm 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?

11:35am - 12:55pm 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
  • Tracks:

Why the Fight for Trans Inclusion in Sports is the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time: A Panel Discussion Inspired by the Documentary Film Changing the Game

1:30pm - 3:00pm ET

Hulu Original Documentary Changing the Game will be exclusively streaming on Hulu beginning on June 1st, 2021. Obtain a Free Trial with Hulu Here. Emmy® award-winning filmmaker Michael Barnett’s urgent and subsuming sports documentary illuminates what many have called the civil rights issue of our time: transgender inclusion in sports. Changing the Game takes us into the lives of three high school athletes—all at different stages of their athletic seasons, personal lives, and unique paths as transgender teens. Their stories span across the U.S. — from Sarah, a skier and teen policymaker in New Hampshire, to Andraya, a track star in Connecticut openly competing on the girls track team. The film centers on Mack Beggs, who made headlines when he became the Texas State Champion in girls wrestling – as a boy. Changing the Game makes its streaming premiere amid an intensifying national debate about transgender identity and inclusion. While news media is consumed with stories about transgender athletes with states across the U.S. introducing bills in legislatures on the issue, this documentary sheds light on the intimate and emotional realities for the transgender teenagers affected as the stakes sharpen in their daily lives on and off the field–all the way up to the Supreme Court. Often heartbreaking, sometimes humorous, always human–these young athletes invite us into their lives, showing us what they’re made of and invoking audiences to ask the same of themselves. This closing keynote panel discussion will focus on a conversation with trans athletes including those featured in the film, policy experts paving the way, and other community changemakers creating safer spaces for transgender youth to participate in sport.

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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

Belinda Guthrie, M.A.

EEO & Title IX Coordinator, Santa Clara University & ATIXA Advisory Board

Claire N. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Consultant and Writer and Affiliate Consultant, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Emily C. Babb, J.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunity and Title IX/Title IX Coordinator, University of Denver, Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Erin Busuvis, J.D.

Professor of Law, Western New England & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Gia Sanchez, Esq.

Diversity & Title IX Officer and Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Section 504 Coordinator, Bristol Community College & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Jan Perry Evenstad, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Kim Kennedy

Paralegal & Title IX Coordinator, Indianapolis Public Schools & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Leah Gutkneckt, M.B.A

Assistant to the President for Compliance and Equity Management & Title IX Officer, University of Northern Iowa & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Leah Reynolds, M.S., Ed. D.

Associate, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Makenzie Schiemann, M.S.

President, NABITA; Vice President, Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment, TNG

Mandy Hambleton, M.S.

Director, Content Development, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Natti Marlaire, Ed.S.

Title IX Coordinator, Chippewa Valley Technical College & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Samantha Folb, J.D.

Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer, Cabrillo Community College & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Shane Diamond

Transgender Advocate and Educator, Filmmaker

Sheila Vance, J.D.

Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Sheilah D. Vance & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Tanyka M. Barber, J.D.

Senior Associate, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

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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