Elizabeth H. Canning

Elizabeth is a lawyer and human resources professional with over a decade of experience creating and leading the Title IX and Equity offices for public and private colleges and universities. 

She works with organizations throughout the country.

My Practice

My practice is focused on using my experience in Title IX, Equity, and Human Resources to help schools and workplaces meet their compliance obligations and implement practices and policies that foster more compliant, productive, and equitable environments.

The compliance work includes: helping organizations properly  investigate and respond to allegations of misconduct; writing policies and procedures;  conducting  training;  providing  coaching, support, and advice for leadership, HR, Title IX/equity offices, and campus in-house lawyers; providing interim Title IX/equity coverage; and serving as a campus hearing officer.

Building a culture of compliance, I also help organizations address some of the underlying factors that lead to misconduct in the first place. Specifically, I work with organizations to develop strategic approaches to institutional culture, systems, and community engagement. 

Education / Admission

  • BA, Harvard University

  • JD, Boston College Law School

  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resources, University of Rhode Island

  • Admitted: Rhode Island; Massachusetts

  • Mediation: 40 hours training in mediation and alternative dispute resolution

  • For United Educators' institutions: on United Educators' list of investigators

 

  • Member: Association of Workplace Investigators

Why You Will Enjoy Working With Me

I am practical and collaborative. 

I've been there. I established and led Title IX and equity offices at three academic institutions. As a result, I have a deep understanding not only of the law and necessary policies, but how to work with the various campus constituencies, including Title IX and equity offices, human resources, trustees, administration, faculty, students, and campus police.

 

I've done the work. Over the past decade I have conducted or overseen hundreds of Title IX- and equity-related investigations, written and revised policies and procedures to support compliance with non-discrimination laws (Title IX, Title VII, Section 504, ADA, ADEA, etc.), and have trained thousands of students and employees on policies and laws relating to misconduct, including discrimination (race, religion, age, disability, national origin, sex, gender), harassment, sexual violence, and retaliation.

I've seen results. Using my legal, human resources, and equity experience, I have designed and improved practices, policies, and programs that improve employee engagement, strengthen organizational culture, and facilitate compliance.