Connie Kirkland, MA, NCC
Director of NOVACares
Connie J. Kirkland, MA, NCC, is the director of the NOVACares Office at Northern Virginia Community College, where she chairs the threat assessment team, coordinates behavioral intervention and support services for the college, and manages the college sexual assault services program. Previously, she was the director of sexual assault services at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, where for 20 years she provided education and intervention services for victims of campus sexual assault, stalking, and dating/domestic violence.
In 2013 Kirkland spoke to several congressional offices on Capitol Hill on behalf of the proposed VAWA Reauthorization Act, including the Campus SaVE Act, which was enacted in March, 2013. In 2014 she spoke with members of the White House Campus Sexual Assault Task Force and presented keynotes addressing Title IX issues at both the Stetson Law School National Conference on Law and Higher Education and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Campus Crime Summit. She was a contributing author for the 2014 NCAA guide “Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence.” In 2016 Kirkland was appointed to the NCAA Board of Governors Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence. She presented on the topics of victim support and campus culture at several Magna-sponsored Title IX Compliance Institutes from 2014 to 2016.
Kirkland created “Ten Ways to Distinguish Consent” published by the National Center for Student Life and used in the Magna Title IX Compliance Institutes. She also hosted a US Department of Justice-sponsored web forum on campus stalking, as well as co-hosting two national webinars regarding the final regulations to Campus SaVE. She continues to create innovative programs and policies regarding a victim-centered response to Title IX and the Dear Colleague Letter of 2011.