NACUA is pleased to announce that we will be joined by two guest speakers during the Fall 2023 class series. Philip J. Catanzano, Partner at Education & Sports Law, and Amy Wilson, Managing Director of Inclusion at The National Collegiate Athletic Association, will share their expertise during classes three and four, respectively.
Phil Catanzano is currently a co-founder of Education & Sports Law Group. Prior to starting Education & Sports Law Group, Phil was Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight for seven years and an attorney at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights for almost a decade where he investigated institutions accused of discrimination on the basis of disability, gender, or race/ethnicity, among others. Phil has also served in Title IX coordinating roles and supportive roles for accessibility services offices on an interim basis. In the accessibility context, this includes advising around accommodation processes, physical accessibility, and digital accessibility. A primary aspect of Phil's practice is representing institutions involved in investigations or compliance reviews with federal regulators from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. Phil also teaches higher education law at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, as well as at Boston College. Using this classroom experience, Phil often shares with audiences the practical challenges and benefits of creating an accessible classroom environment.
Dr. Amy Wilson serves as the NCAA’s Managing Director of Inclusion where she drives inclusive excellence throughout college athletics by supporting member institutions’ commitment to diversity, inclusion and gender equity among its student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Wilson leads the NCAA Office of Inclusion’s efforts to provide resources, education, and support in the core areas of disability, international, LGBTQ, race/ethnicity, and women. An expert on gender equity and Title IX, she has authored multiple national reports on Title IX. Wilson has led projects such as optimizing the Senior Woman Administrator designation and serves on the leadership team for the Common Ground initiative, which fosters discussions about religion and LGBTQ with the goal of supporting all student-athletes. Wilson’s entire career has been in higher education where she won multiple awards for teaching excellence. A member of the Illinois College Athletics Hall of Fame, Wilson has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English and earned a Ph.D. in Health and Sport Studies with a concentration in Athletic Administration at the University of Iowa. Since 2005, she has worked closely with nationally recognized Title IX expert Dr. Christine Grant on equity issues in intercollegiate athletics and has given numerous presentations on Title IX, gender equity, and inclusion on both the national and international levels. In 2018, Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA) honored Wilson with the Nell Jackson Award.