TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2015) – The University of South Florida 2015 Title IX Conference offers professionals including counselors, psychologist, social workers, law enforcement, attorneys and public administrators and the local community the opportunity to join USF faculty, staff and students in a three-day educational opportunity. The event, the first of its kind held at USF, will promote knowledge, understanding and awareness of the various components of gender equity and concerns that fall under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.
The three-day “Know Your IX” event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 with a campus hosted viewing of the movie “The Hunting Ground” at the Marshall Student Center’s (MSC) Oval Theater. A moderated panel discussion with experts from USF and the Tampa Bay community will follow.
The 2015 Title IX Campus Kick-Off will occur Sept. 9 at USF’s Bull Market outside the MSC with student activities throughout the day. This event is hosted by USF Student Government, the Panhellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, and USF Athletics and will culminate with an evening event at the USF Amphitheater. The Know Your IX On 9/9 Rally will feature guest speaker Zoe Ridolfi-Starr, the Programs Coordinator at Know Your IX, a student-driven campaign that educates students about their Title IX rights on campuses across the United States. The rally begins at 6:30 p.m. at MSC Amphitheater.
On Sept. 10, a full day conference will delve into current issues impacting Title IX. It begins at 7:30 a.m. in the MSC. Many sessions of this conference will be live streamed throughout the USF System for those on campus who cannot attend in person. The conference is free and includes lunch for those who have registered. CEUs are available to those who attend the full day.
At the conference, attendees may choose between two tracks, Professional and General, while also enjoying joint sessions that seek to inform those who work with complainants and respondents. The Professional track offers in depth presentations on recent research related to Title IX, while the General track will provide opportunities to learn and develop skill sets specific to bystander intervention and victim awareness. USF is committed to making this event the basis for a yearlong series of seminars and conversations regarding the topic of Title IX and its components such as gender bias, discrimination, sexual assault and sexual harassment.
The activities and conference are free and open to the public. To register or learn more about the event visit: www.usf.edu/diversityrsvp. Registration is open through Sept. 4. Walk-ins will be welcome on a space available basis.
For more information or interviews contact:
USF Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity
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