New Equity Assistance Centers
Oct 17th, 2016 by


Equity Assistance Centers Directors (2016-2021)

The 4 Equity Assistance Centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. They provide assistance in the areas of race, gender, national origin, and religion to public school districts to promote equal educational opportunities.

Region I | Region II | Region III | Region IV |

Region I

(serves Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia)
Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
5272 River Road, Suite 340
Bethesda, MD 20816
Ms. Susan Shaffer, Director
PH: 301-657-7741
F: 301-657-8742


Region II

(serves Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia)
South Central Collaborative for Equity
Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA/SCCE)
5815 Callaghan Road, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78228-1102
David Hinojosa, Director
PH: 210-444-1710
F: 210-444-1714


Region III

(serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
Great Lakes Equity Center
Indiana University
902 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5167
Dr. Seena M. Skelton
PH: 317-278-6832
F: 317-274-6864


Region IV

(serves Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
Metropolitan State University of Denver
P.O. Box 173362, Campus Box 63
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Dr. Jan Perry Evenstad, Director
PH: 303-556-6065
F: 303-556-3912


The Connecticut Model for PK-12 Title IX Implementation
Aug 25th, 2015 by

Bill Howe, Ed.D., State of Connecticut Title IX Coordinator (Retired), CT State Department of Education Connecticut is recognized nationally for its model implementation of Title IX in PK-12 schools. From its extensive website, training programs, Title IX database, technical assistance and enforcement activities, it stands as a model for the nation. Using a combination of lecturette, case studies, simulations and quizzes, this program will offer insight into the state’s Title IX Coordinator training, annual survey of school districts, enforcement and technical assistance functions and overlay of the importance of cultural competence in compliance positions.

Register –

The 2015 ATIXA/SCOPE Joint National Conference

OCTOBER 6th – 9th, 2015


PowerPoint Presentation – Title IX and Conducting Investigations – Free and online
Dec 8th, 2014 by

The 2014 versions of the PowerPoint Presentation on “Title IX Coordinator Training” conducted October 2014 by Neena Chaudhry, Esq. and Lara S. Kaufmann, Esq. of the National Women’s Law Center and Dr. William A. Howe of the Connecticut State Department of Education

… and

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing an Investigation Report  conducted Fall, 2014 by Maree Sneed, Esq. Partner and Esther Haley Walker, Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP

Are now available on our website.

To reach the site, go to the Connecticut State Department of Education web page at –

  • In the right column marked QuickLinks, go down to the 7th item called Bullying and Harassment, click on that link
  • On the Bullying and Harassment page, near the bottom you will see “Also seeTitle IX Website.”
  • Click on Resources for Title IX Coordinators
  • About half-way down the page you will see:


Title IX Coordinator and Investigations Training


Click on [ppt] to open PowerPoint presentations.

7 Tips For Responding to Title IX Complaints
Jan 21st, 2014 by


In 2014, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will continue to ramp up its Title IX enforcement efforts. Accordingly, universities should carefully review their anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and procedures to make sure they comply with the law. OCR investigations may be lengthy and broad in scope, often lasting months and extending beyond one particular incident of alleged sexual misconduct. In a typical investigation, the OCR delves into all sexual misconduct complaints filed with a university over an extended period of time and reviews the effectiveness of the university’s Title IX policies.

In order to avoid the intense scrutiny of the OCR, universities should respond to Title IX complaints by —

  1. Listening carefully and taking all complaints seriously;
  2. Informing the victim of available resources and his or her options for formal action (i.e., pursuing the university’s grievance procedure) or informal action;
  3. Conducting a prompt and thorough investigation;
  4. Taking corrective action if the results of the investigation reveal a law or policy violation;
  5. Keeping the complaint confidential to the extent the university can do so consistently with its duty to investigate;
  6. Assuring the person filing the complaint that he or she will not be retaliated against for coming forward; and
  7. Treating the complaining person in the same manner as any other student, faculty/staff member or third party who has not complained of misconduct.

Universities can be proactive by training faculty, staff and teaching assistants on the requirements of Title IX and how to properly handle complaints of sexual misconduct.

Kentucky’s attorney general asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review decision that students must be Mirandized when questioned by a school official if an SRO is present
Aug 1st, 2013 by

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, says an Associate Press (AP) report in the Courier-Journal, asking it to overturn a ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court that requires school officials to Mirandize students before questioning them in the presence of a school resource officer.  The state supreme court threw out a student’s conviction for sharing prescription hydrocodone with a classmate, concluding that the presence of a school resource officer and the prospect of criminal charges meant the student should have been informed of his rights.

Conway is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case because state appellate courts are divided over this issue.  States that hold Miranda warnings are required include Georgia, North Carolina and now Kentucky. States that hold Miranda warnings are not required include South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, New York, New Mexico and Louisiana.

Conway also said the issue is an important one, as the use of law enforcement officers as a resource in the school setting has become widespread.  He added that school administrators should not be required to advise students of their rights because a school resource officer may be present during an investigation of school-related issues.


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