Session II 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Title IX:  Sexual Assault at the Intersection of Race and Gender

This workshop will explore the relationship between Title IX enforcement and it’s impact on race, specifically examining the historical relationship between the concept of rape as it relates to Black men and women in the U.S. and how the criminal justice system has impacted social norms within this community. Participants will also be introduced to the concept of age compression and ‘adultification’ as it relates to Black children and the potential impact on rape culture.

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Ameerah McBride
Chief Diversity Officer & Director Equity & Inclusion at Texas State University

Ameerah McBride is the Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equity and Inclusion at Texas State University. Prior to joining the administration at Texas State in May of 2018, Ameerah was Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Director of Equal Opportunity & Access/Title IX Coordinator and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, WI.

Prior to joining the Chancellor’s cabinet at UWO, Ameerah worked for Kansas State University, Emory University Barton Child Law and Policy Center, YWCA of the Triangle, Corizon Health and Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services. Ameerah received her BA in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University, MS in the Administration of Justice from the University of Phoenix and the JD from Ohio Northern University. Ameerah is a native of Trenton, NJ and currently resides in the Austin, TX area with her family.

Kendra Wesson
Student Conduct Officer at Texas State University

Kendra Wesson currently serves as a Student Conduct Officer within the Dean of Students Office at Texas State University.  Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Spring Hill College.   She completed her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership at the University of South Alabama. Kendra is beginning her 7th year at Texas State. Prior to her current role, she served as Residence Director in the Department of Housing and Residence Life.

Conduct Meeting Connections

Conduct Meetings are often considered some of the least anticipated meetings for students and professionals alike.  However, if we think of this meeting as less of a disciplinary task and more of an opportunity to connect with our students, we may have a more positive perception of these meetings.

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Dr. Nechele McClinton
Assistant Director of Residence Life at Lamar University

Dr. Nechele McClinton graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Psychology. Afterwards, she attended Southern Arkansas University, finished a three-year program in two years, and obtained her Master’s Degree in College Counseling and Student Affairs. After a one-year break, she enrolled in a Doctoral Program at Stephen F. Austin State University and graduated with a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership. Her roles have ranged from Graduate Hall Director, Hall Director, Area Coordinator, to her current roles as Assistant Director of Residence Life at Lamar University.

Clery Act Overview for Student Conduct Professionals

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This workshop will provide an overview of the Clery Act geared toward the student conduct professional.
An understanding of:
– the origin and purpose of the Clery Act,
– the Clery Act’s relationship to Title IX,
– how to identify Clery crimes,
– an appreciation for the concept of Clery geography, and
– what Campus Security Authorities (mandatory reporters under the Clery Act) are required to report.

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Kristine Elderkin
Clery Compliance Officer at Austin Community College

Kristine Elderkin has a Masters Degree in Occupational and Environmental Health and a long-time interest in safety and regulatory affairs. She joined Austin Community College 9 years ago as Emergency Management Coordinator. Over the last 6 years, she transitioned into the full-time Clery Compliance Officer role she now holds. Kristine is enrolled in the Clery Compliance Officer Certification program through the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals (NACCOP). She expects to complete all requirements of the program in July 2019 and earn the title of Certified Clery Compliance Officer (CCCO).

Academic Integrity: Partnership Processes and Faculty Buy-In

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Is academic misconduct housed in your department? Do you work regularly with faculty through the process? Texas Tech does! Come learn about Texas Tech’s partnership process between the Office of Student Conduct and faculty in the investigation and adjudication of academic integrity violations. Time will be left at the end to discuss how you might use our practices on your own campus.

Texas Student Conduct Conference
Mairead Kiernan
Associate Director in the Office of Student Conduct at Texas Tech University

Mairead Kiernan is one of the Associate Directors in the Office of Student Conduct at Texas Tech University. Mairead serves as the main point of contact for all academic misconduct on Texas Tech’s main campus. A Red Raider alumna herself, Mairead came back to Texas Tech to work in the Office of Student Conduct full-time in 2016, where she was immediately put into the role of Academic Integrity hearing officer. She transitioned to Associate Director in 2018, taking on the supervision of two full-time staff members, one of whom is also solely dedicated to Academic Integrity. When she’s not closing cases, Mairead is a nationally-ranked competitive Strongman athlete and cat mom.