The 2019 ATIXA West Coast Annual Conference

October 27th – October 30th, 2019
Silverado Resort & Spa

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

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The Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) announces the 2019 ATIXA West Coast Annual Conference and Pre-Conference Training & Certification Courses, October 27th-October 30th at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley, California. ATIXA is hosting this inaugural West Coast annual conference to underscore the essential fusion of compliance and prevention in any conversation about campus sexual violence.

Call for Proposals

The 2019 ATIXA Conference Committee welcomes concurrent session proposals for the Conference, to be held Tuesday, October 29th & Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 in Napa Valley, CA.

Please click here to submit your proposal.

Please note the deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday, August 9th, 2019. Submitters will be notified by Wednesday, August 28th, 2019.

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors

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2019 Exhibitors

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 hundreds Title IX administrators and prevention educators as they come together to “bridge the gap” between prevention, action, and response.

Please click here for the Sponsor & Exhibitor Application.

The Exhibitor/Sponsorship application deadline is Wednesday, August 28th, 2019! Please review our Sponsor & Exhibitor Brochure for information on sponsoring levels and exhibit schedule.

Email our team at for interest and inquiry next steps and we will evaluate each additional opportunity request on a case-by-case basis post application closure.

Conference Schedule

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The conference will begin the evening of Monday, October 28th with an opening keynote and welcome reception. Tuesday, October 29th and Wednesday, October 30th will include a variety of concurrent and featured sessions, as well as roundtables and optional events, such as networking dinner, and a reception. The conference will conclude with another featured session and mid-morning Closing Keynote on Wednesday, October 30th.

Pre-conference opportunities will be available Sunday, October 27th & Monday, October 28th; additional fees apply.

Tentative Conference Schedule

  • Sunday, October 27th & Monday, October 28th, 9am-5pm: Pre-conference Opportunities
  • Monday, October 28th, 7:00pm: Opening Keynote & Welcome Reception
  • Tuesday, October 29th, 9am-4:30pm: General Conference Sessions
  • Wednesday, October 30th, 9:00am-12:30pm: Featured Sessions & Closing Keynote

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 Napa Valley in October range from 45°F to 77°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

Opening Keynote Speaker: William Kidder, J.D., Special Assistant, Chancellor’s Office at University of California at Santa Cruz & Research Associate, UCLA Civil Rights Project

A Deeper Look at the Standard of Evidence in Title IX and Lessons from Analyzing Hundreds of Faculty Sexual Harassment Cases

The Trump administration’s proposed changes to Title IX regulations are the latest twist in a longstanding policy debate about whether “preponderance of evidence” or “clear and convincing” evidence is the more appropriate standard of evidence in campus Title IX procedures. In his latest article in the Journal of College & University Law, Mr. Kidder highlights several important (but often overlooked and to some counter-intuitive) considerations in this debate about Title IX policy. If campuses were to shift to the clear and convincing evidence standard, the more likely result across all cases is a net decrease in the accuracy of Title IX investigation and hearing outcomes. This would occur because the rise in “false negative” errors (respondent committed a violation, but is found not responsible) would outnumber the corresponding decrease in “false positive” errors. By implication, a shift to the clear and convincing standard makes it more difficult for campuses to impose appropriate discipline in cases of serial sexual misconduct/harassment. Mr. Kidder’s comparative analysis also shows that the preponderance of evidence standard (not clear and convincing evidence) is used in the strong majority of comparable legal and administrative contexts, including in federal civil rights adjudications, faculty research misconduct cases linked to federal research grants, civil anti-fraud proceedings, and physician misconduct/license cases.

Mr. Kidder will also share key findings from his large-scale study of higher education faculty sexual harasser cases, co-authored with Professor Cantalupo, including rates of serial harassment and physical contact cases. Finally, Mr. Kidder synthesizes the social science and policy research related to the National Academies of Sciences’ recent identification of organizational climate as “by far, the greatest predictor of the occurrence of sexual harassment.”

Closing Keynote

Closing Keynote Speakers: W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Sandra K. Schuster, J.D., Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., & Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., Partners at The NCHERM Group, LLC (TNG); Advisory Board, ATIXA

A Panel Discussion of the Title IX Landscape

This session offers an update on the new Title IX regulations. ATIXA’s resident experts will once again help members to understand the meaning of new provisions, and to interpret OCR’s expectations for compliance. Some of the mandates of the new regs are positive changes, such as facilitating wider due process protections, but others are clearly a step backward, or even two. Do the regs represent incremental change or a landmark shift? What will this mean as politics continues to buffet Title IX in future administrations? How long will the regs endure, and what implications will litigation over the regs have for the field? Please attend this session for the latest details and to have your questions addressed by the expert panel.

Featured Speakers

Featured Session A

The Nine Pillars of Exemplary PreK-12 Title IX Programs: An Aspirational Model

  • John Shields, Ph.D., M.S.W., Senior Research Scientist, ETR
    • This presentation provides an overview of ETR’s K12T9 Initiative’s nine-component model for exemplary PreK-12 Title IX Programs. Organized around the three concept areas of infrastructure, practices, and compliance, the K12T9 Initiative model empowers Title IX Coordinators at the District- and School-levels to move their work beyond a traditional compliance-only model. Based on a review of Title IX law and regulation coupled with real-world experience working exclusively in PreK-12, the review of the model will help personnel assess and identify areas for continued growth and effectiveness. Dr. John Shields, Director of the K12T9 Initiative, will guide participants through the model and provide a rapid self-assessment tool for participants to complete during the presentation.

Respondents’ Rights: The Dos and Don’ts of a Fair and Equitable Process

  • Cynthia Garrett, J.D., Attorney, Private Practice
    • This presentation will address practical, real-life questions and potential pitfalls facing college and university administrators responsible for designing and implementing Title IX procedures. In the process, it will explore how colleges can keep focused on the goals of Title IX and protect those who come forward as victims of sexual offenses while minimizing the risk of Title IX lawsuits from respondent students. This presentation will address ten specific principles and practices for conducting fair, balanced, and unbiased college and university Title IX sexual misconduct disciplinary proceedings.

Featured Session B

An ATIXA Advisory Board Member Panel Discussion: Coordinators Addressing Regulatory Changes

  • Warren Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President for Inclusion & Diversity & Chief Diversity Officer, HACC Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
  • Joni Baker, Ph.D., Director of Equal Opportunity & Diversity, Texas A&M University System & ATIXA Advisory Board Member
  • Natti Marlaire, Ed.S., Director of Advising and Services, Chippewa Valley Technical College & ATIXA Advisory Board Member
  • Rick Olshak, M.S., Director of Title IX Compliance, Texas A&M University System & ATIXA Advisory Board Member & TNG Affiliated Consultant
  • Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, Title IX & 504 Coordinator, Tiffin University & ATIXA Advisory Board Member
    • This panel will address compelling topics related to the Department of Education’s proposed new Title IX regulations, with the goal of empowering Title IX Coordinators to return to their institutions with an informed sense of how to effectively implement required changes and ensure program compliance. Topic areas for this panel include:
      • What do Coordinators need to do to implement the regulations now and when they are released?
      • Updating institutional processes and practices
      • Communicating changes to internal and external constituencies
      • Implementing changes with online students
      • Implications for Title VII employment cases
      • A primer on informal resolution of complaints
    • Topic areas will be discussed based on institutional type:
      • From the lens of a community college
      • From the lens of a small private university
      • From the lens of a large public university state system
      • From a PreK-12 lens

Don’t, Can’t & Won’t Versus Do, Can & Will: Building Capacity for Sexual Agency Among Students using Peers’ Consent Success Stories

  • Jason Laker, Ph.D., Full Professor in the Department of Counselor Education within the Lurie College of Education and a Salzburg Fellow, San Jose State University in California & TNG Affiliated Consultant
    • Despite the many creative and well-intended reforms to prevention efforts, sexual coercion and assault rates haven’t changed in over 60 years. Their causes and effects are multidimensional, as are the thinking and action required for transformation. The inconvenient truth is that sexual consent policies, prevention education, and students’ intimate lived experiences are not aligned. Political courage and creativity are essential for critically engaging established and deeply held assumptions and so-called best practices. Building something new relies on a different energetic disposition than an approach focused on dismantling. In this session, the presenter will share information and findings from an ongoing study of students’ successful consent communication and negotiation experiences. Study participants include a diversity of cultural, gender, and sexual identities and practices, providing a rich and actionable collection of vignettes useful for constructing new approaches to consent education.

Featured Session C

Implementing Trauma-Informed Techniques During Respondent Interviews

  • Jyl Shaffer, M.A., Adjunct Instructor, Native American Studies, Montana State University
    • The Obama-era emphasis on implementing trauma-informed practices has focused largely, and rightly, on how campuses engage with reporting students, but these principles are relevant to working with anyone engaging in our process, including respondents. This session will focus on three areas of trauma-informed interview practices: How to talk about “trauma- informed” in the context of parties other than the victim, strategies for intentionally implementing trauma-informed best practice with anyone you interview, and how to prepare for push back or distrust when engaging in these practices with accused parties.

Title IX and Employee Rights: The Hidden Risks Every Administrator Should Know

  • William, R. Pokorny, Esq., Co-Chair, Labor and Employment and Higher Education, Franczek P.C. & Jackie Gharapour Wernz, Esq. Partner, Franczek P.C. 
    • Many of the most high-profile Title IX cases involve allegations of student-on-student sexual misconduct, but some of the more complicated cases arise when a student accuses an employee of sexual misconduct. Employment law issues that arise in such cases are unique and require careful analysis to avoid common and sometimes costly pitfalls. This session will address some of the most common employment issues that arise in Title IX complaints, including the intersection of Title IX and employment policies and agreements, interaction between departments handling student and employee complaints, unique retaliation issues and communication/privacy concerns when an employee is the accused, and challenges in reintegrating parties into the educational system following a complaint.

Roundtable Topics

  • New Title IX Regulations
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Free Speech and Sexual Harassment
  • CA Case Law – New Developments
  • Title IX in the PreK-12 Setting
  • Informal Resolutions vs. Restorative Justice
  • Title IX Jurisdictional Issues
  • Preliminary Inquiries and Initial Actions
  • Athletics and Title IX

Conference Registration

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Conference Registration Rates

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Early Bird Rates (Register by Friday, August 16th, 2019)

  • ATIXA Member: $519
  • Non-ATIXA Member: $609
  • Student (degree-seeking and not a full-time employee of any institution): $109

Regular Registration Rates (Register by Monday, October 14th, 2019)

  • ATIXA Member: $539
  • Non-ATIXA Member: $649
  • Student (degree-seeking and not a full-time employee of any institution): $109

Late Registration Rates (Register after Monday, October 14th, 2019)

  • ATIXA Member: $669
  • Non-ATIXA Member: $809
  • 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, lunch, and an afternoon snack break 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-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 Napa Valley for our West 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

Pre-Conference Opportunities

General conference attendance is not required to attend a pre-conference event. Conference registration is not included in any pre-conference training opportunities. A separate registration and fee is required for the general conference attendance.

Sunday, October 27th, 2019 – Monday, October 28th, 2019: 9am-5pm

Please click here to register online.
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Pre-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-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 West Coast Conference and ATIXA Training Courses as part of our pre-conference opportunities. These scholarships aim to assist our colleagues in their professional development and commitment to their chosen profession.

Scholarship applications are now closed, submitters will be notified by Wednesday, July 31st, 2019.

Conference & Training Event Hotel and Location

Silverado Resort and Spa
1600 Atlas Peak Road
Napa, CA 94558

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 Silverado Resort and Spa will close on September 27th, 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 1-707-257-5531 and mentioning the ‘ATIXA Conference.’ All reservations must be accompanied guaranteed with a major credit card but a deposit is not necessary. Questions regarding included amenities or reservations must be directed to hotel. All attendees within the room-block will have access to parking, free in-room wifi, access to the golf and spa, unlimited local and toll-free calls, in-room coffee/tea service, tennis, access to the fitness center and all classes, property-wide transportation and a complimentary wine tasting for two.

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.


There are several airports to choose from depending on location and cost. The following airports are listed in order of location closest to the hotel and training center:

  • Napa County Airport is 10.5 miles and a 26-minute drive to the hotel.
  • Oakland International Airport is 55.0 miles and a 1hr 20-minute drive (traffic dependent) to the hotel.
  • Sacramento International Airport is 56.0 miles and a 1hr 15-minute drive (traffic dependent) to the hotel.
  • San Francisco International Airport is 61.6 miles and a 1hr 30-minute drive (traffic dependent) to the hotel.


  • Transportation from the Napa County Airport is best taken with cab, Uber & Lyft ride-sharing services.
  • Transportation from the Sacramento International Airport can be obtained via rental car.
  • Transportation from the San Francisco Airport and Oakland Airports includes paid shuttle buses that run a fixed route schedule from the airport to the City of Napa. To access a schedule, contact Evans Transportation: (707) 255-1559 or California Wine Tours: (800) 294-6386. You can also obtain a rental car.



There are both self-park and valet at the Silverado Resort and Spa. Booking your room at the hotel provides complimentary parking throughout your stay. If you choose to stay at a different hotel location or drive-in for the day, the self-park and valet options are both also free.

What to Do Near Napa

Learn more about local Napa attractions.

Napa Valley, CA has a multitude of activities to do. Lovers of nature can speed along a well-worn mountain trail on a seat of a bike or go hiking; foodies can discover perfectly smoked charcuterie or wedges of handcrafted cheese; enthusiasts of music, film, and art can find events, large and small throughout the region. The most common activity is to revel in wine with guided wine-tasting tours. Click the links below to be directed to the top categories of activities:

The Silverado Resort and Spa also has a full menu of activities, attractions and relaxation options. Please click here to view.

Napa Valley Local Restaurants
Dining Options

Contact the Conference Committee

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