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Keynote Speakers

Linda Fairstein

Linda Fairstein – lawyer, former prosecutor, and internationally best-selling crime novelist – is one of America’s foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children. She is a senior adviser at K2 Intelligence, founded by Jules and Jeremy Kroll, where she leads the Campus Sexual Misconduct Group, specializing in best practices and Title IX compliance at academic institutions. For three decades, from 1972 until 2002, Fairstein served in the office of the New York County District Attorney, where she was chief of the county’s pioneering Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for 26 years. In that position, she supervised the investigation and trial of Manhattan cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and homicides. She is also the author of a nonfiction work, "Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape," which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and is a regular contributor on criminal justice issues to magazines, journals, and online publications like The Daily Beast. [read more]

Salamishah Tillet

Salamishah Tillet is a rape survivor, scholar, and writer, who has spent her career championing the rights and voices of our most vulnerable citizens. Nominated by Glamour magazine as a "Women of the Year" and named as one of the "Top 50 Global Leaders Ending Violence Against Children" by the Together for Girls' Safe magazine, she is currently an associate professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and has faculty appointments in the departments of Africana Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Wome's Studies. [read more]

 

Evan B. Behrle

Undergraduate student, College of Arts & Sciences
Chair, Honor Committee
University of Virginia

Evan Behrle is a University of Virginia fourth-year honors politics major in the College of Arts & Sciences. In November, he was awarded a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship. He plans to pursue a master’s of philosophy in comparative social policy at Oxford University, with an eye toward working on urban revitalization projects. He is currently the chair of the University’s student-run Honor Committee and past president of One in Four, an all-male sexual assault peer education group. He is both a University Echols Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar, as well as the recipient of the Gray-Carrington Memorial Scholarship Award and a member of the Raven Society. Behrle has also served as vice president and recruitment chair of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and as a member of the University Guide Service. He has been a summer orientation leader and a site leader for Alternative Spring Break.

 

Gene D. Block

Chancellor
University of California, Los Angeles

Gene Block became chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, in August 2007. He currently serves as chair of the council of presidents of the Universities Research Association, an international consortium of 86 leading research universities. He holds UCLA faculty appointments in psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine and in physiological science in the College of Letters and Science. Block specializes in circadian biology, which deals with the functioning of 24-hour rhythms in higher organisms. He previously served as vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, joining its faculty in 1978. He served as vice provost for research from 1993 to 1998 and then as vice president for research and public service until his appointment as provost in 2001. Block holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and a master’s and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford.

 

Susan E. Bruce

Director, Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
University of Virginia

Susan Bruce is director of the University of Virginia’s Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. She has more than 20 years of experience in collegiate health promotion and has expertise in the social norms approach, peer education, and curriculum infusion strategies. She leads the national Gordie’s Call campaign to prevent alcohol abuse and hazing and the NCAA-funded APPLE conferences. APPLE was created to focus on student-athlete substance abuse prevention and health promotion and provides regular training symposiums. Bruce also serves on the national advisory board of STEP UP!, an organization dedicated to bystander intervention training.

 

Karina Z. Carlson

Undergraduate student, College of Arts & Sciences
Co-president, One Less
University of Virginia

Karina Carlson is a University of Virginia fourth-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is currently co-president of One Less, a sexual assault education group that advocates for survivors of rape and sexual assault living in the UVa community. In addition, she serves as a legal aid intern at the UVa Women's Center, is a member of Best Buddies, and a sister of Delta Gamma. Carlson also volunteers as a tutor at a local elementary school through Day in the Life, a program that connects UVa students with local youth, and she additionally serves with Volunteers with International Students and Scholars, and Staff Program, in which she teaches English as a second language to employees.

 

Anne M. Coughlin

Lewis F. Powell Jr. Professor of Law
University of Virginia

Anne Coughlin is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. She taught at Vanderbilt Law School from 1991-95, and joined the University of Virginia faculty in 1996. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, feminist jurisprudence, and law and humanities. She is co-author of a casebook on criminal law, and has written a number of articles exploring the intersections among criminal law, criminal procedure, and feminist theory, as well as essays concerning the connections between law and literature. Coughlin received her J.D. from New York University School of Law. At NYU, Coughlin won numerous awards, and served as managing editor for the New York University Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr.

 

Timothy L. Davis

Director, Harrison Bowne "Tersh" Smith Jr. Memorial Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
University of Virginia

Tim Davis became the director of Counseling & Psychological Services at the University of Virginia in August 2013. From 2009 to 2013, he was with the University of Michigan where he served as associate director and also as clinical director in Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to 2009, he held positions with Counseling & Psychological Services at Indiana University and with the counseling center at the University of Dayton. Davis has taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels on a variety of topics, including group counseling, assessment, psychopathology, sex therapy, and counseling techniques, and he has led advanced seminars on the use of dreams in therapy. He has authored and co-authored book chapters and articles on spirituality in counseling, dream work, group counseling, and career choice in young adulthood. He earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his master’s in counseling from Arizona State University.

 

Dorothy J. Edwards

Executive Director
Green Dot, et cetera

Dorothy Edwards is executive director of Green Dot, et cetera, a center dedicated to effective intervention and prevention of power-based personal violence. She holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Edwards was the founding director of the University of Kentucky Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, and has worked in both counseling and teaching capacities in higher education at Appalachian State University and Texas Woman’s University. Today, Edwards provides training and consultation in the areas of power-based personal violence, organizational capacity building, program implementation, strategic planning, and community mobilization. She works with organizations around the world, including government entities, state coalitions, the military, nonprofits and community organizations, high schools, and colleges.

 

Royce C. Engstrom

President
University of Montana

University of Montana’s 17th President, Royce Engstrom, assumed his duties on October 15, 2010, after serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for three years. He came to Missoula in 2007 from the University of South Dakota, where he served as Professor and Chair of Chemistry, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. As a faculty member, he taught Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and General Chemistry, and conducted an active research program in electrochemistry and analytical chemistry.

 

Denice A. Evans

CEO
J'Hue Film Productions

Denice Evans, CEO of J’Hue Film Productions, is a filmmaker with a deep interest in creating educational video/film content with the ability to influence decision-making – especially among high school and college students. Her videos are used for primary prevention education, course curriculum, freshman orientations, and comprehensive sexual assault programming. A graduate of Emory University in creative writing and film, Evans has been featured on national radio and television as a guest expert speaking about "College Hook Ups" and in response to the Steubenville, Ohio, high school rape case. She wrote and produced the documentary, Spitting Game: The College Hook Up Culture, which premiered at the Boston Film Festival in 2008. The film has since been shown at a dozen film festivals, academic conferences, and numerous colleges and universities, including screenings at the American Public Health Association and American Psychological Association meetings.

 

Carol L. Folt

Chancellor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Carol Folt, an internationally recognized environmental scientist and award-winning teacher, became the University of North Carolina’s 11th chancellor and its first woman leader on July 1, 2013. Folt worked her way through the University of California at Santa Barbara, earning a bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology in 1976 and a master’s degree in biology two years later. She received her doctorate in ecology in 1982 from the University of California at Davis and did postdoctoral work at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station of Michigan State University. After joining the Dartmouth College faculty in 1983, Folt rose through the academic and administrative ranks. She was named associate director of Dartmouth’s Toxic Metals Research Program in 1998, and two years later became associate director of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. In 2001, she was appointed dean of graduate studies and associate dean of the faculty for interdisciplinary programs. She was promoted to dean of the faculty in 2004, tapped as acting provost in 2009, and named provost in 2010. Folt also served as interim president of Dartmouth during 2012-2013.

 

Allen W. Groves

Dean of Students
University of Virginia

Allen Groves became the University of Virginia’s Dean of Students in 2007. In 2013, he received the "Outstanding Administrator Award" from the Black Student Alliance and the UVa chapter of the NAACP, and was honored by Zeta Psi International Fraternity for his lifetime of service to the Greek-letter community. Groves received his juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1990. He spent 16 years as an attorney in private practice in Atlanta, where he served his firm as the Atlanta office-hiring partner and later as litigation practice group chair. He is also a brother of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, serving as its international president from 2004-2006 and executive director from 1984-1987. He is currently the chairman of the North American Interfraternity Conference and a member of the Stetson University College of Arts and Sciences Board.

 

Philip J. Hanlon

President
Dartmouth College

Philip Hanlon became the 18th president of Dartmouth College in June 2013. Previously a member of the University of Michigan faculty since 1986, he served in a succession of administrative leadership roles there, most recently as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. He earned numerous honors and awards for his mathematical research, including a Sloan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Henry Russel Award, and the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. He also held an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, Michigan’s highest recognition of faculty whose commitment to undergraduate teaching has had a demonstrable impact on the intellectual life of students. Hanlon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth in 1977, and a doctorate from California Institute of Technology in 1981. He was an instructor of applied mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bantrell Fellow in mathematics at Caltech before going to Michigan.

 

Christopher P. Holstege

Executive Director, Elson Student Health Center
University of Virginia

Christopher Holstege is an associate professor within the departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology, and the executive director of the Elson Student Health Center at the University of Virginia. Holstege clinically provides care for poisoned patients and serves as a practicing member of the emergency medicine faculty. He leads numerous ongoing research projects in clinical, basic science, and epidemiologic arenas. He has been integrally involved in a number of high-profile criminal poisonings, both domestic and abroad. Holstege, who received his medical degree from Wayne State School of Medicine, has produced more than 100 publications in medical journals, periodicals, and books. He has edited or authored 10 books and is the lead editor of "Criminal Poisoning – Clinical and Forensic Perspectives." He is a diplomate of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Medical Toxicology. A leader within the UVa community, he currently serves as chair of the Faculty Senate.

 

Neil Irvin

Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
University of Maryland

Neil Irvin is executive director of Men Can Stop Rape, an organization that seeks to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. He joined MCSR in 2001 and held the positions of senior director of programs and director of community education before becoming executive director. He is responsible for leading the organization’s national work, as well as cultivating strategic partnerships with state and federal agencies and private and corporate foundations. Irvin currently serves on the Department of Justice’s National Advisory Committee and is a member of the NoVo Foundation’s Move to End Violence initiative. He also served as a consultant to the White House Commission on Violence Against Women and Girls. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health and is a regular lecturer at American University, George Washington University, and Howard University.

 

Meg Jay

Assistant Clinical Professor
University of Virginia

Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist who specializes in adult development, and 20-somethings in particular. She is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Virginia, and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, Va. Jay earned a doctorate in both clinical psychology and gender studies from the University of California-Berkeley. She is the author of “The Defining Decade: Why Your 20s Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now,” a book based on more than 10 years of behind-closed-doors work with thousands of 20-something clients and students. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, and on NPR. Her recent TED talk — "Why 30 Is Not the New 20" — has been viewed almost 4 million times, and it is among the most highly viewed TED Talks to date.

 

Patricia M. Lampkin

Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
University of Virginia

Pat Lampkin became vice president and chief student affairs officer at the University of Virginia in October 2002. Prior to that, Lampkin served as interim vice president for 15 months and associate vice president for student affairs for six years. She began her career at the University in 1979, and in 1987 was promoted to associate dean of students for residence life. In 2012, she was recognized with the Thomas Jefferson Award for excellence in service, the highest honor the University bestows upon its faculty. An adjunct professor in the Curry School of Education, Lampkin teaches a graduate course on the organization and administration of student affairs programs. She also teaches an undergraduate seminar on honor and ethics. Lampkin earned her doctorate in education from the University of Virginia in 1986 and her master's degree in student personnel services in higher education from the University of Vermont.

 

Kathryn S. Laughon

Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing
Chair, Sexual Misconduct Advisory Committee
University of Virginia

Kathryn Laughon, an associate professor of nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing and a forensic nurse examiner for the University of Virginia Medical Center, has focused her practice and research on issues of violence against women. Laughon is currently the principal investigator of a National Institute for Justice-funded project to identify a method for detecting injuries associated with sexual assault in dark-skinned women. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, she conducted a clinical trial of a computerized safety planning aid for women seeking protective orders. She has also been PI on research studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, examining the effects of parental homicide on children. At the University of Virginia, she is chair of the Sexual Misconduct Advisory Committee. Laughon received her BSN and MSN from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

 

David S. Lee

Director of Prevention Services
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

David Lee is the director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). He manages PreventConnect, the nation’s leading online community to advance primary prevention of violence against women. With funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PreventConnect uses technology to collect, discuss, and disseminate a wide range of public health approaches to primary prevention of sexual violence and domestic violence. Lee has been involved in the movement to end sexual assault and domestic violence since 1982. Highlights of his work include the use of social marketing to prevent sexual violence, peer education programming for youth, school-based education, faith community engagement in violence prevention, and engaging men to prevent violence against women. He completed his master’s in public health at the University of California-Berkeley in community health education, focusing on violence prevention.

 

Catherine E. Lhamon

Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education

Catherine Lhamon is assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Lhamon’s 17-year track record has earned her accolades, including being named named one of California’s Top 20 Lawyers Under 40 in 2007. Prior to joining DOE, Lhamon was the director of impact litigation at Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. For a decade, she practiced at the ACLU of Southern California, ultimately becoming assistant legal director. Lhamon was a teaching fellow and supervising attorney in the Appellate Litigation Program at Georgetown University Law Center, and clerked for The Honorable William A. Norris on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate, and graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College.

 

Carolyn A. "Biddy" Martin

President
Amherst College

Carolyn Martin is the 19th president of Amherst College. Martin came to Amherst in August 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she had served as chancellor since 2008. Martin started her career in 1983 as an instructor and then assistant professor of German studies and women’s studies at Cornell University. In 1997, she was appointed senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell and three years later was named as the University’s provost, a post she held for eight years. Martin studied English literature at the College of William & Mary. She holds an M.A. in German literature from Middlebury College’s program in Mainz, Germany, and a Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In May 2012, Martin was awarded an honorary degree from William & Mary. In October of the same year, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

 

Aurora L. Matzkin

Director of Health Promotion and Student Wellness
Dartmouth College

Aurora Matzkin is the leader of the Dartmouth College Health Improvement Project and the director of health promotion and student wellness at Dartmouth College. She holds a master’s degree from New York University in higher education administration and a doctorate from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She currently teaches in the Public Health Program at Dartmouth. She has also worked in student affairs at Amherst College and at New York University, and has coordinated a substance abuse prevention grant for the state of Maine.

 

Matthew C. Menezes

Graduate student, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
President, One in Four
University of Virginia

Matt Menezes is a second-year graduate student in the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Menezes graduated from the University in 2013, receiving a bachelor's degree in government. Since 2011, he has been involved with One in Four, an all-male group focused on educating men on issues of sexual violence and empowering them to be supporters for survivors and active allies in the fight against rape. He currently serves as its president.

 

Jennifer A. Messina

Director of Training and Development
Green Dot, et cetera

Jennifer Messina is the director of training and development for Green Dot, et cetera. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she received her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. Messina completed her internship at Duke University Medical Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. She has 15 years of clinical experience with an emphasis on trauma and recovery from violence. She has been a professor at both James Madison and Washington & Lee universities. With an emphasis in primary prevention, Messina provides training and consultation to universities, nonprofit organizations, and military installations around the world as a member of the Green Dot training team.

 

Caroline L. Parker

Undergraduate student, College of Arts & Sciences
External Chair, Sustained Dialogue
University of Virginia

Caroline Parker is a University of Virginia third-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in Political and Social Thought. At UVa, she is both a facilitator and the external events chair for Sustained Dialogue, a group founded by students in 2001 to be a productive means for addressing racial issues. Each year since, hundreds of students with diverse backgrounds and experiences have come together in small groups to discuss a variety of social issues. SD participants build relationships and collectively identify issues of importance among group members and within the wider University community. Continuing conversations make this dialogue setting unique. Parker is on the planning team for Dialogue Across UVa, which is similar to the student organization, but intended for mixed groups of faculty, students, and University staff. She is also a University Guide, and last semester co-led a seminar on the history of the University.

 

Hunter R. Rawlings III

President
Association of the American Universities

Hunter Rawlings became president of the Association of American Universities in 2011. Prior to that, he served as president of Cornell University from 1995 to 2003, and as interim president between 2005 and 2006; he was president of the University of Iowa from 1988 to 1995. Rawlings was elected president emeritus of Cornell and became a full-time professor in the departments of Classics and History. Prior to his presidency at Iowa, Rawlings spent 18 years at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was a faculty member, chairman of the Classics Department, associate vice chancellor for instruction, and vice president for academic affairs for the Colorado system. A national spokesperson for higher education, Rawlings has served as chair of both the Association of American Universities and the Ivy Council of Presidents. He graduated from Haverford College and received his doctorate, also in classics, from Princeton University.

 

Emily J. Renda

Undergraduate student, College of Arts & Sciences
Chair, Sexual Assault Leadership Council
University of Virginia

Emily Renda is a fourth-year student in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences. She is in the Sociology Distinguished Major Program, and recently completed her thesis, which focuses on the challenges related to sexual assault adjudication on college campuses. Renda is chair of the Sexual Assault Leadership Council at the University and serves on the executive board for the sexual assault peer educator group One Less. She has worked all four years with Take Back the Night, and she interns with the University’s Women's Center Sexual and Domestic Violence Services. She recently served on the Inter-Sorority Council as Women's Concerns Chair, and participated in the Jefferson Public Citizens grant-based research program. In December, she was selected, through a highly competitive process, to be a special intern in President Sullivan’s office for the remainder of the academic year.

 

Gina Maisto Smith

Partner
Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP

Gina Maisto Smith oversees a national law practice focused on institutional responses to sexual misconduct matters. She spent nearly two decades in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she dedicated 15 years to sexual assault, from child abuse to acquaintance rape. Smith is well versed in all areas pertaining to the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes. Colleges and universities frequently call upon her for advice and expertise regarding sexual misconduct policies, changes in the law, and investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct, including sexual violence. As a prosecutor watching academia struggle with these issues, Smith grew interested in helping create a solution to that rock-and-hard-place position schools often face in managing sexual misconduct allegations. She has guided many through such challenges, including the management of criminal conduct, communications with law enforcement, Clery Act requirements, disciplinary proceedings, and the interplay of civil and criminal proceedings. She received her J.D. from Temple University and is a partner in Pepper Hamilton LLP.

 

Teresa A. Sullivan

President
University of Virginia

Teresa Sullivan is the University of Virginia’s eighth president. Since taking office in 2010, she has led the University through a period of significant progress, including the launch of a strategic planning effort to provide a road-map for the University’s future. Sullivan also developed a new financial model for the University to ensure stability and transparency and to spur innovation in a period of significant financial pressure in higher education. She is a respected scholar in labor force demography and the author or co-author of six books. Her most recent research focuses on measuring productivity in higher education. Sullivan came to UVa from the University of Michigan, where she was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Prior to that, she was executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Texas System from 2002 until May 2006. She was a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin from 1981 to 2006. Sullivan is a graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College, and earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago.

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