Title IX Conference


We are thrilled to have hosted the following presenters speak at our 2020 conference. Please note that this list is organized in alphabetical order based on last name of the speaker.

Camille Blake

Camille Blake, J.D.

Intersection between Title IX and Title VII Cases for Investigation (Friday at 8:30am)

Camille Blake graduated from the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law and practiced law as a Public Defender before coming to USF. She currently works at the University of South Florida as the Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance. Over the course of her career, she has conducted hundreds of EEO investigations as well as trainings on the topics of harassment prevention in the workplace, and sexual harassment prevention in the workplace. Her professional activities include: FINRA Arbitrator; licensed member of the Florida Bar; member of the George Edgecomb Bar Association: member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association; and Silver Life Member of the NAACP.


Lerren Bradley-Tyler

Lerren "Ren" Bradley-Tyler

Safe Zone: Education Part One Training (Thursday at 9am)

Ren (she/her/hers) is 1 of 2 Program Coordinators in Student Government Advising, Training, & Operations. Her responsibilities include working with all SG branches to put on events and programs, as well as advising part of the Executive Branch. Her passions lie in programming but additionally in diversity, inclusion, and social justice work. She serves on CISOGI, as Safe Zone facilitator, and is the Education/Training Team Lead for the National Association of Campus Activities' Diversity Advisory Group.


Catherine Brown

Catherine Brown

Cue Me In: Pity, Community, Control, and LGBTQ+ students (Friday at 2:45pm)

Catherine Brown (she/her) is a senior in the Humanities and Cultural Studies department at USF. Since becoming a student at USF, Catherine has been involved both academically and on an extracurricular level. She is on the executive board for USF’s Transgender+ Student Union and also a member of CISOGI. Catherine’s primary academic interests are in understanding gender and sexuality, and the way they intertwine with concepts of language and community. This has been shown in her research and previous presentations, such as: “Making ‘Meaning’ of Saintly Genders”; “The Narratives of Anne Lister” and “My Body Has A Price.”


Elizabeth Canning

Elizabeth H. Canning, J.D.

Title IX Investigator Training (Thursday at 9am)

Building a Successful Title IX Program through Synergy: Creating Processes, Connecting Stakeholders, Caring for Community (Friday at 8:30am)

Elizabeth H. Canning, Esq., has over 20 years of legal experience that includes both criminal law and higher education law. She has handled matters involving interpersonal violence for almost 15 years and is dedicated to helping educational institutions implement effective and integrated strategies and systems to prevent and respond to violence. Elizabeth established and led Title IX/Equity offices at three different higher education institutions and has experience creating policy, developing prevention tools, and responding to discrimination based on sex, gender, race, religion, age, national origin, disability, and protected veteran status.


Lorie Dakessian

Lorie Dakessian, J.D.

How to Avoid a Title IX Lawsuit (Thursday at 2:15pm)

Lorie represents clients in several practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, white collar and internai investigations, student and educator misconduct cases, and data privacy matters. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (Cl PP/US), the global standard for privacy certification. Prior to joining Conrad O'Brien, Lorie served for six years in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, managing all aspects of large and complex appellate cases. In addition to her state and federal trial court practice, Lorie has argued before each of the state appellate courts in Pennsylvania.


Patricia Hamill

Patricia Hamill

How to Avoid a Title IX Lawsuit (Thursday at 2:15pm)

Patricia Hamill has extensive years of experience successfully representing clients spanning a breadth of matters, including complex commercial litigation, Title IX litigation, receiverships, insurance, securities, consumer class actions, government investigations, and E-rate compliance. Her clients are in a wide range of industries, including technology, insurance, and securities. She offers responsive service and genuine empathy to each client; she never takes for granted the emotional impact that a high-stakes case can have on her clients. Patricia brings a collaborative approach to handling her clients’ issues, and she tenaciously pursues creative, strategic solutions. In addition to her practice, Patricia is also a member of the firm’s three-person executive committee that manages and oversees the firm.


Hughes and Miller

Danielle Hughes

Partnerships between University Police, Title IX and Office of Institutional Equity (Friday at 10:15am)

Danielle Hughes is a detective with the UCF Police Department. She has been with the agency for 4 ½ years. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She is a member of the Crisis Intervention Team and was named the 2017 Crisis Intervention Officer of the Year.


Jennifer Liptrot

Jennifer Liptrot

Invisible Population: Creating A More Inclusive Environment For Students Who Are Pregnant Or Experiencing A Condition Related To Pregnancy (Friday at 1:30pm)

Jennifer Liptrot currently serves as Title IX Program Specialist in the Title IX Office at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. In this role she works with pregnant students and persons who have experienced forms of prohibited sexual misconduct, to ensure their success by removing unnecessary barriers to educational programs and activities. Through presentations and the creation of a Title IX Student Guide for Pregnancy, Jennifer has increased awareness of pregnancy protections on the UAB campus. Jennifer has been in the Division of Student Affairs for five years. For the last two years she has worked in the Title IX Office to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant students, interim measures to impacted parties and programming to promote an inclusive environment.


Michelle Madden

Michelle Madden, Ed.D.

Dr. Michelle Madden currently serves as the Campus Diversity Officer and Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment.  In these roles, Dr. Madden provides leadership for all university-level accreditation and continuous improvement activities, including the development of a comprehensive institutional effectiveness program that supports the University’s mission, master academic plan, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. As the Campus Diversity Officer, Dr. Madden serves on the Chancellor’s executive team and works closely with senior leaders across the university to further equity, diversity, and inclusion goals which have been articulated in USFSP’s recently created inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.  She engages with students, faculty, staff, institutional committees, and serves as a liaison to community partners, seeking to strengthen and advance the University’s commitment to inclusive excellence.


James Mangan

James Mangan

Partnerships between University Police, Title IX and Office of Institutional Equity (Friday at 10:15am)

James Mangan is the Investigations Commander of the University of Central Florida Police Department. He is responsible for the Criminal Investigations Division, Threat Management Team, Computer Forensics Team and agents assigned to various taskforces. He has served with the UCF Police Department for 19 years. Commander Mangan is currently a member of the UCF Title IX Response Team.


Salcedo and Hughes

Rick Salcedo

Partnerships between University Police, Title IX and Office of Institutional Equity (Friday at 10:15am)

Rick Salcedo is a detective for the University of Central Florida Police Department. He and his partner, Detective Danielle Hughes are responsible to investigating all the reported sexual assault cases on campus.  Prior to accepting a position with the UCF Police Department, Detective Salcedo retired from the Orlando Police Department after 26 years of service. He was a Sex Crimes Detective assigned to the Special Victims Unit for over 17 years. He was a Hostage Negotiator for over 18 years and was one of the negotiators who responded to the Pulse Nightclub Massacre.


Dan Schorr

Dan Schorr, J.D.

Reluctant Witnesses: Best Practices for Engaging Individuals in Challenging Title IX Investigations (Friday at 10:15am)

For more than 20 years, Dan Schorr has managed a variety of complex assignments including investigations into major fraud, internal issues at corporations, sexual misconduct and Title IX violations, threat management, and independent monitorships. In addition to his position as the managing director of Ankura, Dan is an adjunct professor at the Fordham University School of Law in New York. He previously taught criminal law and legal writing at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, also in New York.


Jen Shtab

Jen Shtab, M.P.S., The Spring of Tampa Bay

Domestic Violence and "In Her Shoes" (Friday at 8:30am)

Jen Shtab is the Community Trainer for Hillsborough County’s Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to Domestic Violence. She coordinates and presents domestic violence related trainings to key stakeholders in the criminal justice system. Mrs. Shtab facilitates round table discussions and information sharing sessions aimed at identifying gaps in our system and implementation plans to address areas of concern. Jen also sits on the DV Child Welfare subgroup of the DV Task Force.  She brings more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector where she has educated hundreds of groups about the complex issues related to domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault.


Dani Smith

Dani Smith, M.P.H., Violence Prevention Specialist, Victim Advocacy USF

National Awareness Months for All: The Trends We Should Capitalize On (MSC 3704)

Dani Smith is the Violence Prevention Specialist in the Center for Victim Advocacy at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Prior to working for USF she obtained her Master of Public Health from Emory University and worked in the Respect Program at Emory University. Dani’s interests include mobilizing and training students in leading the movement of ending violence on college campuses, researching relevant ways students of all identities ask for and feel comfortable talking about consent, and strategically developing comprehensive approaches for large-scale violence prevention interventions at all levels of the social-ecological model.


Stevie Swanson

Stevie J. Swanson, J.D.

The Epidemic of Human Trafficking and Diverse Efforts to Combat the Disease (Thursday at 1pm)

Professor Stevie Swanson has expertise in real estate development, Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and issues surrounding human trafficking. She joined WMU-Cooley in February 2006. Previously, she served as Director of Legal Services and Policy for Community Legal Resources in Detroit. She is a recipient of the Center for Ethics Service and Professionalism's 2008 Great Deeds Award, the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club's 2010 Respect for the Law Award, the WMU-Cooley Law School Diversity Committee's Equal Access to Justice Award in 2011 and 2013, and the Auburn Hills Student Bar Association's 2011 Distinguished Service Award.


Christina Yelvington

Cristina Yelvington

Safe Zone: Education Part One Training (Thursday at 9am)

Christina (she/her/hers) is the Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Initiatives in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at USF. Her responsibilities include: planning events relating to LGBTQ+ identity, including the LGBTQ+ and Ally Ice Cream Social, LGBTQ+ History Month, Audre Lorde Luncheon, and Lavender Graduation; managing the Safe Zone Training Program; serving on CISOGI, the Presidential Advisory Committee on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; serving as advisor to Stonewall Suites, USF's LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community; and advising student leaders on campus. She is a Tampa native and has always been a Bull at heart.