Title IX Informal Resolution Facilitation
regional training event

August 9, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific

 

HOSTED BY HARVEY MUDD COLLEGE

You’re invited to join us for our upcoming
Title IX Informal Resolution Facilitation training!

Participants will be provided an Informal Resolution Facilitation Training Certificate of Completion.

Host: Harvey Mudd College

Location: The Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning Skycube – SH 3460

Address: 301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711

Date: Wednesday, August 9th, 2023

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific)

Early Bird Through 7/1: $595

Price After 7/1: $675

Group Rate (6 or More): $575

INFORMAL RESOLUTION FACILITATION
TRAINING AGENDA

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

 

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. | Welcome

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Understanding Title IX Policies and Procedures as an Informal Resolution Facilitator

In this introductory session, TIXS instructors outline the stages of the Title IX grievance process and define relevant terms. Instructors also establish Informal Resolution Facilitators’ obligations under Title IX while incorporating lessons learned from and best practices in the field. 

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Identifying Informal Resolution Approaches

TIXS instructors unpack the key similarities and differences of various informal resolution options such as restorative justice, mediation, and arbitration. TIXS instructors also discuss the goals of the informal resolution process as a whole. 

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Evaluating Cases for Informal Resolution Suitability

TIXS instructors establish the guidelines by which Title IX administrators determine a case’s suitability for informal resolution. Instructors share best practices for creating processes and environments to ensure Parties are fully informed, safe, and supported. 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch Break

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Pre-Informal Resolution Meetings

TIXS instructors dive into the importance of meeting with each Party prior to the informal resolution meeting. After explaining the benefits of the meeting, instructors outline a typical pre-informal resolution meeting agenda.

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Fostering Participant Trust in the Process

TIXS instructors share strategies for building the trust of Parties involved in informal resolution processes. They discuss addressing privacy concerns, dealing with conflict and emotions, as well as the importance of active listening skills in understanding Parties’ needs.

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Break

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Facilitating Informal Resolution Meetings

TIXS instructors walk participants through each step of an informal resolution meeting through the use of a case study and role-play. Participants will observe and practice the skills needed to facilitate different approaches to meetings, such as mediation and restorative justice conversations.

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Informal Resolution Agreements and Outcomes

TIXS instructors discuss the final steps of the informal resolution process by outlining potential outcomes and sharing examples of informal resolution agreements. TIXS instructors also address the potential of returning to the formal grievance process should the complaint not be resolved using informal resolution methods.

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Training Debrief and Q&A

Participants are asked to share key takeaways from the program, plans for implementing strategies learned, and methods for collaborating with fellow participants.

Join Us for Our Title IX Coordinator Training!

August 8, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central (Hosted by Harvey Mudd College)

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Liz Abdnour

C.J. LARKIN, J.D., M.A. | Independent Decision-Maker & Informal Resolution Facilitator

C.J. Larkin has over 30 years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, educator and trainer. She has mediated over 750 cases in the areas of employment, education, family, attorney-client, small business, non-profit and public/civil rights disputes. In addition to serving on the USA&M Mediator panel, C.J. is a partner at Dispute Resolution Professionals, LLC, in Denver, CO. She mediates Landlord Tenant cases in St. Louis County and is a contract mediator for the Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution and the Colorado Department of Education. C.J. serves as a member on the Panel on Neutrals for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. C.J. was a Professor of the Practice at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law teaching negotiation, mediation and arbitration classes. She previously served on the faculty at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis as senior lecturer and Administrative Director of the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program. Prior to becoming a full-time mediator, C.J. practiced law in the areas of insurance defense, criminal defense, appellate law, and banking.

Susanna Murphy

TAWNY ALONZO, M.S.| Investigator & Director of Training

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Tawny has blended careers in higher education and law enforcement to address issues of sexual misconduct on college campuses. As a police officer in the Dallas area, Tawny took an interest in working with victims of sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence. She immersed herself in trainings on trauma-informed interviewing, violence against women and children, as well as community approaches to prevention. This passion led to a jump into higher education and the world of Title IX. She previously served as a Title IX Investigator at Texas Woman’s University, Director of Violence Prevention at Southern Methodist University, and Title IX Program Manager at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include conducting compliant investigations, creating dynamic student and employee trainings, and building holistic campus violence prevention programs. In addition to providing support for Title IX investigations and report-writing, Tawny is a training instructor for TIXS, specializing in investigations, athletics, prevention, and response.

Questions?
Email or schedule a meeting with Director of Training, Tawny Alonzo!