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Elizabeth Trayner, Ed.D.

Elizabeth “Liz” Trayner, Ed. D. serves as Assistant Vice President, Institutional Equity at Seattle University. In this role she also serves as Title IX Coordinator and 504 Coordinator. Dr. Trayner’s core values are equity, integrity, community, serving others, respect, and continual improvement. Liz has a strong commitment beyond compliance. She is committed to providing a comprehensive approach to administering an equitable process for responding to sexual misconduct, discrimination, and retaliation. She has well over 20 years of experience in a wide range of areas within higher education including over 10 years as a Title IX administrator. Dr. Trayner has revamped campus policies and procedures on multiple campuses.

Dr. Trayner is committed to her own ongoing education. She has been participating in ATIXA and NaBITA trainings since 2012 and completed all trainings and certifications to date. She is an alumnus of the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI), has participated and led multiple White Accountability Groups, UndocuAlly Training, Mental Health First Aid Training, Restorative Justice Training, Disney Institute for Leadership Excellence, Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students (B.A.S.I.C.S.) Motivational Interviewing Training, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), and numerous sessions as local, regional, national, and international conferences to shape her to become the practitioner she is today. Additionally, Liz is a certified instructor for Green Dot Bystander Intervention, and Stop the Hate.

Dr. Trayner has presented on the regional, national, and international level on how to do more with less, choosing and training your advisors, virtual hearings, developing a more inclusive hiring process, tools for successfully supervising new professionals, working through institutional change, igniting best practices in addressing sexual misconduct, Title IX, universal design, minimizing bias in the hiring process, messages I’ve learned about race and ethnicity, dis/ability awareness, exploring spirituality, experiences of international students, leadership and supervision, domestic violence, human trafficking, developing a professional development plan, LGBTQ+ 101, breaking down the wall of identity stereotypes, Allies and Advocates training, and recruiting quality student staff.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Trayner has served at University of the Pacific, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, Willamette University, University of Southern California, Occidental College, California State University, Chico, and The University of South Dakota. Elizabeth received her Ed. D. in Higher Education Administration from University of Southern California, her M.M. in Vocal Performance, and her B.M. in Music Education both from The University of South Dakota. Liz has been an active member of ATIXA and has served as Co-Chair of the DEIB Community of Practice in addition to serving on the working group for the Admissions Model Policy and assisted with documents for ATIXA’s TIXKit. Additionally, she co-presented a webinar on Virtual Hearings and has been a presented for multiple member-led Time with IX sessions. In 2020, Dr. Trayner founded the Northern California Title IX Administrators Network (now 9th Circuit Title IX Administrators Network).

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