Summit Workshops


Certificate Workshops

Intensive Title IX Training for Student Leaders 

Dr. Laura Valente

This training workshop will cover the fundamental aspects of Title IX including its’ history, requirements, best practices, definition of consent, and bystander intervention.  This workshop will be fast paced and engaging and will leave time for questions and answers.

Someone Should Say Something…”

Anthony LaViscount, M.A.Ed

“Someone Should Say Something…” is an interactive presentation designed to introduce students to the history and concept of bystander intervention. Holding a discussion on the importance and role of bystander intervention assists in creating a safer campus community. The presentation will showcase strategies for intervention and encourage students to consider their own actions and language that they can use in a variety of situations to help put an end to sexual misconduct and sexual assault.

General Workshops

Sexual Violence 101

Theresa A. Bivaletz, MSW, LSW

Sexual assault will affect 1 in 5 college women and 1 in 16 college men. Sexual assault is rampant in our society and on our campuses. As a student, you have the power to take a stand against sexual violence and to support survivors. In this workshop, we will discuss what sexual violence is and who it can affect; how you can help a friend in need; and how we can all work together to make our campuses safer.

Title IX: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll 

Catherine Maranto LCSW-R

Drugs and alcohol play a significant role in sexual misconduct and sexual assault on college campuses. The use of drugs and alcohol can lead to sexual assault by lowering inhibitions and reducing everyone’s ability to make sound decisions. Drugs not only impair the victim’s ability to consent to sexual activity, the lowered inhibitions are often followed by extreme risk-taking behaviors such as sexual assault or rape.  Sexual misconduct, sexual assault or rape is a violation of Title IX when it involves college students either on or off campus including fraternity and sorority houses.

This workshop will examine how drugs and alcohol impact the sexual interaction of college students as it relates to Title IX.  This awareness may result in an effort by students to develop and implement safeguarding strategies to help make their campus a safer place to live and learn.


Supporting Transgender Rights: Its Impact on College Campuses

Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Esq. 

Title IX's prohibition of sex discrimination encompasses gender identity which applies to transgender students in K-12, colleges, and universities. This workshop will address the concerns and challenges of transgender students as they navigate college life.


"Rolling with Rejection"

Jean Semelfort, M.A., LAC

Rejection is never an easy thing to deal with, especially when it comes from someone we want. We don’t always respond to it well; it seems that for men, our reaction to rejection can take on another level. This workshop will closely address the cognitive and emotional impact of rejection, in men. Two especially dangerous responses men display in response to rejection are violence and sexual assault. Participants will explore what rejection does to us and the role that expectations and entitlement plays. Alternative perspectives for coping with rejection and identify prosocial behaviors will be explored. Rolling with Rejection is a 1 hour program.​


Understanding the Psychological Impact of Sexual Violence: Help for Yourself and for Others

Dr. Phyllis Bolling

The experience of sexual violence, whether it is rape, sexual assault or other forms of unwanted sexual attention can have both short term (or acute) effects as well as long-lasting psychological reactions.  Sexual violence is associated with a range of emotional reactions and each person’s experience is unique.  There is no universal reaction to sexual trauma.  This workshop will outline the range of psychological reactions to sexual violence, including post-traumatic stress.  The process of healing will also be discussed as well as ways to help support the survivors of sexual violence.


Language Matters: Title IX and LGBTQ Students

Montclair State University, LGBTQ Center

Microaggressions, while often unintentional and automatic, send negative messages to individuals because of their group/identity membership and can also violate Title IX regulations. Join this session led by members of Montclair State University’s LGBTQ Center to learn about LGBTQ people and their experiences with microaggressions  to identify ways to create more inclusive campus environments.


Cultural Dynamics of Sexual Violence: Addressing Barriers and Developing Culturally specific Support Services

Dr. Satarupa Dasgupta and Chandana Guntupalli, B.A.

This workshop will explore the cultural dynamics of sexual violence within immigrant communities in US. The presenters will discuss barriers to disclosure and support seeking among survivors. The workshop will also address utilizing culturally appropriate support services for sexual violence survivors.​


Professional Workshops

Conducting Title IX Investigations: The Challenges in Seeking to Uncover the Truth

Tricia B. O’Reilly, Esq. and Mariel L. Belanger, Esq.

This seminar will address the difficult and important task of conducting thorough trauma-informed investigations into allegations of sexual violence and sexual assault that comport with federal law, protect the rights of both the complainant and the accused, and avoid the pitfalls of personal biases.  The presenters will draw from their personal experiences in conducting several Title IX investigations to provide a brief summary of the federal requirements for the Title IX investigative process, highlight some of the common issues and potential pitfalls in conducting an investigation, and provide some recommendations as to best practices that help ensure the investigative process is thorough, trauma-informed, and fair to both parties.


Roundtable & Networking

Dr. Laura Valente

This session is designed for Title IX practitioners to talk with each other about the challenges and promising approaches to the prevention of and response to instances of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. Grab a cup of coffee and chat with old and new colleagues.


Title IX: A Look at the Year 2016 in Review and What’s Next

Holly C. Stern, Esq. and  Christine S. Li, Esq.

In 2016, campuses nationwide experienced a number of headline-grabbing Title IX-related incidents provoking discussions and protests about sexual assault, freedom of speech, gender discrimination, and institutional responsibilities. This seminar will address the questions raised by and lessons learned from, among others, the Brock Turner trial, the aftermath of Baylor University’s sexual assault investigation, the University of Minnesota football team’s boycott, and the suspensions of college sports teams and fraternities for offensive behavior.  This year, with a new Secretary of Education and the Office of Civil Rights’ (OCR) increasing backlog of Title IX investigations, universities and colleges need to be fully briefed on what happened in 2016 to be ready for 2017.   

Performance and Documentary Workshop

"Yeah Maybe No" Facilitated Discussion

Sean Dowd, MEd

"Yeah Maybe, No" is a new documentary that explores sexual assault through the eyes of a survivor, directed and produced by Kelly Kend. Kend's films provide the tools to ask questions that need to be answered: How might we stop the normalization of non-consensual behaviors, what are these behaviors, and what does education have to do with it?   

"Swallow This!" Theater Performance

 Stony Brook University

This program is run by the Center for Prevention and Outreach Health Education Office and the Department of Theater Arts at Stony Brook University. The "Swallow This!" theater group dramatically portrays the real-life alcohol and other drug related experiences as a way of educating college students. A new "Swallow This!" show is devised each year through the Prevention Through the Arts community performance course. Created by dramatizing real stories from the university community, content deals with the three main health issues facing college students: 1) alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; 2) depression and suicide; 3) sexual assault and rape. The aim of the show is to encourage dialogue and reflection on these issues and to ultimately inspire students to make healthier, more informed choices.