DeAnn Yocum

Title IX Investigator

DeAnn Yocum joins Grand River Solutions as a Senior Solutions Specialist with over 25 years of experience in higher education administration and student affairs. Prior to her appointment at Grand River Solutions, she was Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Senior Associate Dean of Students/Lead Title IX Coordinator at Chapman University in Southern California.

During her tenure at Chapman University, she specialized in and oversaw Title IX compliance, ADA/504 compliance, behavioral intervention/student care teams and threat assessment, college student mental health services and case management, fraternity/sorority life, new student orientation and first year programs, as well as housing and residence life. DeAnn has a demonstrated ability to effectively support students who are dealing with mental health challenges, illness and injury, educational access concerns, and/or harassment and discrimination complaints. She chaired Chapman University’s Student Concerns Intervention Team for over 15 years. She facilitated hundreds of Title IX and civil rights concerns intake processes and investigated over one hundred complaints. She worked closely with key campus constituencies on matters of student safety and well-being, such as student counseling, public safety, student conduct, student health, academic units and faculty, human resources, risk management, and legal affairs. She also worked closely with parents and families, as appropriate, to partner with them in supporting their student’s success. She extensively provided training to students, faculty, and staff on Title IX compliance and Title IX related matters as well as and student care teams and supported the success of college students with mental health concerns.

DeAnn received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Huntington University, a master’s degree in college student affairs from Azusa Pacific University, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from California State University, Fullerton. Her dissertation focused on college student mental health and researching the best practices and strategies for supporting students with mental health challenges to succeed academically and personally. She was a contributor for New Directions for Student Services, Fall 2010, Undocumented Students; Sharing their secrets: Undocumented students’ personal stories of fear, drive, and survival.

DeAnn grew up in the Midwest, Ohio and Michigan, and then moved to Southern California after college. She resided there for over 25 years, but recently relocated to central New York where she resides with her family.