Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity operated by a recipient that receives federal financial assistance. As an educational institution subject to Title IX, SDI has adopted a Title IX Non-Discrimination & Grievance Process Policy. In accordance with this policy, SDI:

  • Does not discriminate on the basis of sex, including in admissions and employment, and is committed to providing an educational and workplace environment that is free from sex-based discrimination, harassment, and retaliation;
  • Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, as required by law;
  • Is committed to promoting fairness and equity in all aspects its operations; and
  • Values and promotes the equal dignity of all community members and is committed to the pursuit of just resolutions with respect the rights of all parties involved.

Filing a Complaint

Making a report is different than filing a formal complaint. A formal complaint will result in an investigation. The outcome will be a finding of facts. When a complaint is filed, the complainant (person making the complaint) is requesting that the investigative process is invoked and that sanction, as deemed appropriate, are assigned.

To file a complaint:

Contact the SDI Title IX Coordinator

Teresa Speicher

Sonoran Desert Institute
1555 W. University Dr., Ste. 103
Tempe, AZ 85281


34 CFR Part 106.45(b)(10) of the 2020 Title IX Regulations mandates the public sharing of materials used to train school and college Title IX team members. SDI uses the following training materials:

U.S. Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights
Building 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
Phone: 800-421-3481
Fax: 202-453-6012
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: ocr@ed.gov