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Title IX Coordinators

Northwestern has designated a Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators who oversee the University’s compliance with Title IX. Northwestern’s designated Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators oversee Northwestern’s compliance with Title IX, including coordinating the investigation of and response to sex discrimination complaints, responding to inquiries concerning Title IX, tracking incidents and trends involving sexual misconduct, coordinating equity in athletics compliance, publicizing Northwestern’s policies and providing training on preventing sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.

If you have a complaint involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, or if you have questions about Northwestern’s policies or procedures in these areas, please contact one of the Title IX Coordinators or Deputy Coordinators listed below.

Please Note:  Title IX Coordinators and Deputy Coordinators are not a confidential source of support. While they will address your complaint with sensitivity and will keep your information as private as possible, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. For confidential resources, please contact a confidential resource.

Title IX Coordinator

Colleen Johnston
Director of Sexual Misconduct Response and Resources and Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equity
1800 Sherman Ave, Suite 4500
Evanston Campus

Phone: (847) 491-3881
Email: colleen.johnston@northwestern.edu
Website: www.northwestern.edu/sexual-misconduct

Colleen oversees the University’s response to reports involving sexual misconduct and sex discrimination, including the investigation and resolution of complaints and the provision of resources and protective measures. Colleen monitors complaints for patterns and systemic problems, disseminates data periodically to the community, and coordinates campus climate surveys on sexual misconduct.  Colleen develops and implements policies, procedures, practices, and resources that further compliance with Title IX and related laws. Colleen oversees development and delivery of prevention and awareness programs related to sexual misconduct and sex discrimination and ensures that all members of the school community are aware of the University’s policies and resources. Colleen leads the efforts of the Deputy Title IX Coordinators and staff in the Office of Equity.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Amanda DaSilva
Associate Director, Equity and Title IX Compliance
1800 Sherman Ave, Suite 4500
Evanston Campus

Phone: (847) 467-6571
Email: amanda.dasilva@northwestern.edu
Website: www.northwestern.edu/sexual-misconduct

Amanda has primary responsibility for day-to-day management of sexual misconduct complaints involving students.  Amanda leads the resolution of sexual misconduct matters involving student respondents from receipt of reports to conclusion. Amanda conducts intake meetings with parties to sexual misconduct complaints; arranges for provision of supportive measures for students; collaborates with Title IX Investigators on investigations; resolves Title IX-related complaints involving student respondents that do not involve possible separation from the University; and monitors complaint activity for patterns or systemic issues. Amanda assists in the development and review of policies that further compliance with Title IX and related laws.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Karen Tamburro
Director, Equal Opportunity and Access
1800 Sherman Ave, Suite 4500, Evanston Campus

Phone: (847) 491-6697
Email: karen.tamburro@northwestern.edu 
Website: www.northwestern.edu/equity 

Karen receives and resolves complaints alleging discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, and parenting status against faculty, staff, and third parties. Karen assists in implementation of supportive measures, takes actions to prevent retaliation, and monitors complaint activity to address any patterns or systemic issues in this area. Karen provides community members with information on policies and procedures regarding discrimination or harassment, and oversees development and delivery of training and prevention materials for the community to combat discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, and parenting status. Karen assists in the development and review of policies that further compliance with Title IX and related laws. 

Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Athletics Compliance Issues

Janna Blais
Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA, Department of Athletics and Recreation
1501 Central Street, Evanston Campus

Phone: (847) 491-7893
Email: j-blais@northwestern.edu

Janna coordinates and implements gender equity initiatives in the Athletics Department to ensure compliance with Title IX as it relates to intercollegiate athletics. Janna serves as the Athletics Department’s Title IX point of contact. Janna coordinates training and prevention measures on Title IX issues for the Athletics Department staff and student-athletes. Janna assists in the development and review of policies that further compliance with Title IX and related laws.

 

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