Special Constituency Caucuses
The following special constituency caucuses have been organized in advance. Space remains available for additional caucuses in both time slots. Please check with the conference office if you wish to reserve a room for your caucus. (More information about special constituency caucuses in the session glossary.)
Friday, 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Friday, 7:15pm - 8:15pm (during dinner)
Strategic Planning Committee of the Board - Cypress Room
Special caucus to collect information from members at the conference. The committee plans to use this informational discussion and gathering of data to guide them in their planning work. Contact board member Elisabeth Crum for further information: email@example.com.
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Feminists of Faith - Magnolia Room
This will be an open discussion on the wide-ranging topic of religion and feminism. Membership VP Allendra Letsome is the organizer of this caucus.
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Blaine Repeal Ballot Initiative for 2012 - Citrus Room
The Florida Blaine Repeal ballot initiative will likely appear on the 2012 ballot. While this caucus will focus on Florida, there are Blaine repeal movements in other states. "Blaine" is an umbrella term for state constitutional amendments that prevent direct or indirect funding of religion with tax dollars.
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Expanding Title IX Action Networks - Salon C
The following information will be helpful to those attending this caucus:
Purpose and Composition of Title IX Action Networks
Title IX Action Networks will combine internal and external strategies to help gender equity activists work with Title IX coordinators and other education employees to increase the awareness and use of Title IX protections against sex discrimination and to create a feminist future.
Members of these networks can be gender equity scholars, union members or activists in gender equity organizations such as the National Organization for Women (NOW), American Association of University Women (AAUW), National Association of Multi-cultural Education (NAME), Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), women's commissions, members of the Ms. community, student groups, etc. These coordinated networks will operate at the national, state and local levels.
- Title IX of the 1972 education amendments has led to many triumphs benefitting girls and boys, women and men. It is important in building a gender equitable society. However, unlawful sex discrimination continues in all areas and levels of education.
- The Title IX Regulations require each entity that receives federal financial assistance to "designate at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out Title IX responsibilities." With full compliance, there should be over one hundred thousand Title IX coordinators. However, this important responsibility is often neglected.
- The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) has started to help build this network. It maintains a list of state level Title IX coordinators and some of them have networks of local district or higher education Title IX coordinators (sometimes this contact information is on State Education Agency web pages).
- The U.S. Department of Education (ED) Office for Civil Rights has included responsibilities of Title IX coordinators in their recent guidance on athletics and sexual harassment and violence. But ED has not indicated support for recommendations by NOW, FMF and others to include the development of effective and sustainable Title IX Action Networks at the national, state and local levels in a revitalized Women's Educational Equity Act (WEEA). Instead of rebuilding WEEA, they have proposed to eliminate it.
- NOW and FMF are developing models for these Title IX Action Networks to help institutionalize compliance with Title IX and stop the backlash and neglect. (The hope is that we will prove their value and obtain federal support soon.)
Suggested Initial Activities for Title IX Action Network Members
- Select a leader or co-leaders and a few equity activists to start a network and inform FMF. (FMF will maintain an e-list of at least two contacts for each state and local Title IX Action Network.
- Identify and get to know your state, district and school Title IX Coordinators and learn what they are doing and how you can help them. Share their contact information with FMF and report on their baseline information. If working with a local district or school also contact the state Title IX Action Network or state Title IX coordinator to learn what help they can be.
- Work with your Title IX coordinators and others to Identify key areas where sex discrimination can be decreased. This would include all aspects of Title IX, ranging from athletics, sexual harassment, sex segregation and inequitable participation in STEM courses to inequitable treatment of male and female educators.
- As needed, recruit additional network members with expertise in reducing sex discrimination in the problem areas.
- Report activities and progress to FMF.
Further information, contact Sue Klein: firstname.lastname@example.org
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