With two-day Title IX Summit, Rowan to lead the way in helping college officials address sexual misconduct, violence

With two-day Title IX Summit, Rowan to lead the way in helping college officials address sexual misconduct, violence

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The handling of sexual misconduct and harassment cases continues to be a challenge at colleges and universities nationwide.

On Monday and Tuesday, June 12 and 13, Rowan University will present two days of workshops and discussions to address those issues to 180 college and university representatives during Rowan’s fifth annual Title IX Summit.

“Navigating Title IX: Tools for Success” provides an opportunity for institutions, industry experts, social activists and government representatives to come together to discuss best practices, policies and tools that enable a healthy educational environment. Title IX prohibits all forms or sex and/or gender-based discrimination, such as sexual harassment, sexual violence or aggression or intimidation based on sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.

“Sexual misconduct and harassment are serious issues for institutions and colleges and universities have a tremendous amount of responsibility regarding Title IX,” says Nyssa Taylor, Rowan’s Title IX manager. “As the demand for swift adjudication of sexual violence claims continues to increase, our summit offers education and support to those administrators and staff members who deal with these serious issues every day.”

Attendees at the summit, which will be held in Rowan’s Chamberlain Student Center, include representatives from a host of colleges and universities. Among them, Georgetown University, Bryn Mawr College, Clemson University, Princeton University, Haverford College, New York University, the University of South Florida, the University of Massachusetts, and Carnegie Mellon University. Other attendees include local attorneys that specialize in handling sexual harassment and sexual violence cases.

Session presenters hail from universities such as Rowan, Drew, Temple, Rutgers, the University of Pennsylvania. Rowan students also will participate in panel discussions.

Rowan President Ali A. Houshmand will open the summit with a talk on Monday, June 12, at 9 a.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center.

A keynote by Genny Beemyn, director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts and the Trans Policy Clearinghouse Coordinator for Campus Pride, begins at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, in the Eynon Ballroom.

Beemyn has published widely on the lives of trans people and spoken at and consulted with hundreds of colleges about the experiences and needs of trans students. Author or editor of nine books and journal issues, Beemyn is working on a book titled Campus Queer: The Experiences and Needs of LGBTQ+ College Students (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Beemyn’s talk will outline how college and university administrators can best meet the needs of trans students and how institutions can create trans-inclusive environments.

The summit is presented by Rowan's Office of Equity and Diversity.