Ennis McCrery, Senior Title IX Investigation and Gender-Based Violence Prevention Specialist - Virginia Tech
Sharon Aaron, Director Violence Empowerment Program - Florida International University
The 2017 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference focuses on giving student affairs practitioners the tools to effectively address violence on campus through a variety of integrative approaches. This conference is part of the NASPA Strategies Conferences, which include the 2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference and the 2017 NASPA Mental Health Conference.
Recent tragic events on college campuses and the passage of the Campus SaVE Act highlight the need for a conference focused on violence prevention strategies for college and university campuses. Sexual assault and violence cause immeasurable harms; some public, some private; some personal, some institutional; but all are an intolerable break from the purpose, mission, and values of higher education. Creating a safer campus involves prevention education, timely and appropriate response to violent events, support for victims of violence, and accountability for perpetrators.
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New! The Office on Violence Against Women has approved the 2017 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response conference for OVW grantees. The following OVW programs have conditionally approved their grantees to attend this conference. Grantees are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued. A GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference.
Grantees from STOP may be invited to attend this conference and do not have to contact their program manager for prior approval. Grantees who are not required to get prior approval to attend this conference should be advised to place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval reference number. The reference number for this conference is OVW-2017-MU-005. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their “memo to the file”.
The Call for Programs has been extended to Thursday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET!
The conference planning committee is seeking proposals that enhance and progress the field of sexual violence prevention and response on college campuses. Presenters will be asked to identify the intended audience for their session; beginner, intermediate and advanced. Additionally, the conference planning committee will select programs based upon the programs' relationship to the conference themes and learning outcomes. Special consideration will be given to programs that address integrative approaches.
Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.
Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.
Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2017 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference.
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The 2017 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference occurs at the same place and time as the 2017 NASPA Mental Health and 2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conferences. Participants can attend sessions from any of the conferences.
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Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by November 4, 2016, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined. We are unable to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. With prior approval, anyone registered but who cannot attend may send a substitute. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences. NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing email@example.com. Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after November 4, 2016. Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at [email protected]
If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2017 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference please fill out the exhibitor and sponsor application form [PDF] and e-fax back all 3 pages to 202-204-8443 or e-mail to [email protected] by December 9, 2016.
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Virginia Tech takes a strong, multidisciplinary approach to sexual violence response that is focused on advocacy, trauma-informed investigations and adjudication, and team-based problem-solving. This approach pushes beyond current collaborative models by looking at the full scope of response: from initial report through adjudication. During this session, presenters will outline each member's role and use a case study to illustrate how the group approaches and resolves case challenges and how each member plays a significant and distinct part in the process.
This presentation will discuss the establishment of relationships and the resulting positive impacts on policy between a Title IX office and LGBTQ+ constituencies, at a large, public university in the American South. This discussion will include an explanation about initial outreach, relationship building, and how this relationship was used to strengthen existing Title IX policy, and implementation of the current Dear Colleague Letter for Transgender Students. Best practices for other universities and colleges for creating similar relationships will be offered.
In 2015, Culture of Respect launched the CORE Blueprint Pilot Program at 14 institutions nationwide. This one-year program guided stakeholders in implementing a comprehensive plan to address campus sexual violence. The program is grounded in our signature offering, the CORE Blueprint, a six-point strategic roadmap to implementing the leading practices to shift campus culture to one free from sexual violence. At this session we will share our Final Report, highlighting findings, challenges, lessons learned and opportunties to get your campus involved.
Recent federal legislation has increased reporting and demand for supportive services for students affected by interpersonal violence. In such cases, students suffer devastating pervasive consequences, which also impact their academic success. An ongoing comprehensive service model of trauma informed crisis intervention, counseling, case management and support, as well as assistance with academic and non-academic challenges appears to promote student persistence. This overview of a large public university's program includes its organization, administration, assessment, theoretical underpinnings, campus/community collaborations and case study.
All forms of interpersonal violence have some common reactions and to trauma, however, when discussing relationship violence on a college campus, there are some unique challenges for both survivors and advocates to navigate. This session is designed to raise questions of how to handle particularly difficult situations and navigate potential ethical dilemmas that might arise. Presenter and audience will work together to establish unique issues facing students in abusive relationships and brainstorm ideas for potential ways to remove barriers.
Colleges and universities must examine the institutional role in response to sexual and gender-based violence on campus. Many schools are wrestling with how to address federal requirements, needs of students, and the dynamics of campus cultures. In 2015, WISE and Dartmouth College formalized a partnership to implement community-based campus advocacy by WISE for the Dartmouth community. We will use this case review to discuss strategies from the planning, implementation, and impact of collaboration for campuses nationwide.
Looking to establish better connections with campus and community partners, capitalize on resources that enhance your existing work (without breaking the bank!) and glean data to support your existing programs? Join members of The Oregon's Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force (including campus violence preventionists) as we examine new and promising practices on college campuses. This session is intended for established violence prevention professionals (or teams of professionals) looking for new ways to implement their prevention strategies.
Research demonstrates survivors working with a confidential victim advocate report fewer feelings of self-blame and secondary victimization by reporting processes. In addition, they are more likely to stay engaged throughout a Title IX or legal process. Therefore, a collaborative relationship between victim services, Title IX investigators, and police is important for both the survivors and the campus. This presentation will discuss the necessary and collaborative relationship between the victim advocates and Title IX investigators at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Using a current pilot prevention education baseline training for graduate students, this mini institute will explore both the content and process of developing prevention education programming for a diverse body of graduate students. Issues to be addressed include the iterative process of program development, addressing cultural diversity in the context of an institutional policy on affirmative consent, developmentally appropriate prevention education strategies for graduate students, and strategies for increasing institutional support for this type of training among graduate students.
In January 2016, the University of California implemented a standard student adjudication model for sexual violence. Implementing a consistent model for ten campuses is a monumental task that the University of California accepted. This workshop will present an assessment of the first year. It will highlight our successes as well as our challenges. We will provide data measuring how well the model has met expectations. This workshop shows how to move from a theoretical framework to practical implementation.
Campus communities have diverse populations that require support services that are culturally appropriate and relevant. Holistic healing programs can provide restorative experiences that facilitate opportunities for reconnection to the self and community after trauma. This program will assist workshop participants in identifying ways to create transformative and nurturing spaces in which students who have experienced trauma can find safety, connection and support. As part of the conversation, presenters will report out on the design, implementation, and assessment of a campus support group program for sexual violence survivors. Presenters will discuss how a support group that provides psychoeducation, community and safe spaces for student survivors of interpersonal violence can serve as an effective form of healing, increase students' ability to thrive, maximize limited resources on campuses.
Sexual and dating violence is occurring at high rates within Greek organizations and campuses are struggling to respond. While fraternities and sororities are often viewed as contributing to rape culture, this session shows a model for how Greek organizations can be effective prevention partners. Change The Culture, a partnership of ZBT, SDT, and JWI, is the first national prevention program for the Greek community. Come learn about Change the Culture, share best practices, and develop a campus engagement plan.
In this session presenters will review the American College Health Association's newly published position statement and guidelines for addressing sexual and relationship violence. Participants will have an opportunity to develop a plan for using the guidelines to inform work at their respective campuses, as well as preview a forthcoming toolkit developed by the ACHA Sexual Violence Task. Additionally, participants will be encouraged to consider how to approach prevention and response work through both a trauma-informed and a public health lens.
Universities nationally have been seeing an increase in mental health issues amongst students. This trend is also evident in student conduct processes and specifically in Title IX and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) associated cases involving alleged sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and/or related retaliation. This session will guide participants through case studies which involve student complaints related to Title IX and/or VAWA and also involve pre-existing and current mental health concerns.
Sexual Violence Campus Climate Surveys provide a wealth of information for college campuses, but oftentimes, we don't know where to start or how to use the data to inform our efforts. This session will provide participants with an overview of how to use data collected in a variety of formats to identify trends and themes on their campus, how to use that information to inform prevention strategies, and opportunities to engage students throughout this process.
A comprehensive prevention and awareness campaign and sexual and gender-based misconduct program can initially boost reporting numbers. This increase in reports can be a measurable sign of success: Strategies informed by research and assessed for effectiveness will likely indicate a new awareness of sexual and gender-based misconduct and a heightened trust in a university's procedures. Speakers will explore how one university created a custom prevention and awareness program that reached students and staff through multiple platforms, in addition to a comprehensive student advocacy and support program to respond to the increased number of reports.
Students often go first to friends after experiencing a sexual assault or other interpersonal trauma. This first interaction a student has when they disclose can have significant impacts on how they feel about the assault, whether they think others will believe them, and what support services they access. This session provides information about a strategy used to develop a workshop for students on how to have trauma-informed conversations with their peers.
Our government offers guidance on how to prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus. Yet, experiences of sexual violence are impacted by intersecting identities and there is inadequate guidance on supporting students based on these intersections. As such, professionals struggle to engage students who are considered “high risk.” In this interactive session, presenters will discuss implementing a community of care for students by utilizing social justice techniques and reflect on prevention and response for marginalized communities on our campuses.
The media attention on high-profile campus cases of sexual violence continues and student survivors are reporting their experiences in greater numbers. However, when institutional attention is focused on compliance or reducing campus liability, what is missing is a concerted focus on how campuses can better support student-survivors. This session will explore the critical role of campus victim advocates in helping student-survivors heal, including best practices in campus advocacy and new initiatives to professionalize this growing field.
Bystander intervention trainings are a proven tool to prevent sexual violence, but most trainings focus on the needs of undergraduates. This session will give you the tools to build a bystander intervention workshop that empowers graduate and professional students from a wide range of disciplines. In this hands-on discussion, we will consider the specific needs of graduate students, effective scenario-writing strategies, approaches to maximize community engagement, and long-term evaluation methods.
The session features a panel presentation by Allison Randall, Chief of Staff, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW),US Department of Justice; Dr. Felicia E. McGinty, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Jackie Moran, Direct of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX Coordinator; Laura Luciano, Interim Director of the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance; and Juhi Bhatt, Assistant Director of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX Investigator, all of Rutgers University, discussing how campus climate surveys can be used as a vehicle for comprehensive change to combat campus sexual assault.
A look at the implementation of confidential reporting options on campuses across the state of Oregon, and how this new approach, turned into best practice, affected reporting numbers and student success. Join the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force as well as the Oregon Campus Committee as we examine a recent state legislative action that helped to offer students confidential options for disclosure within Title IX and Clery, as well as on-campus programs being developed within this model.
While student-athletes are frequently described as a population with special risk factors for intimate violence perpetration and a challenging audience to engage in programming, the structure of athletic programs and cohesion of teams offers real potential for campus cultural change. This session will describe the specifics of collaboration between the Athletic Department and Sexual Assault Prevention office and the use of athlete-specific data from climate surveys to build a systemic prevention and response structure involving student athletes, coaches, and administrators.
Restorative justice (RJ) is a trauma-informed approach to sexual and gender-based violence on college campuses. In the context of violence prevention education, RJ's community-building circles offer a supportive and engaging context in which students can reflect together on aspects of the campus culture that hinder pro-social behaviors such as bystander intervention, consent-seeking, and support peers in the aftermath of an assault or other incident. This session will explore the use of RJ as a prevention strategy by providing education about RJ and also through practicing RJ together. Opportunities for networking, peer support, and ongoing conversation will be provided.
CARE Advocates are being tasked with an ever-evolving and complex task of supporting the needs and wellbeing of survivors that have experienced Interpersonal Violence on college campuses. Increasingly, this task involves an understanding and interfacing with a survivors’ experience of trauma – including new or re-triggered histories of mental health symptomology. During this session, the interplay between Advocacy and mental health treatment will be explored in order to examine evolving best practices of supporting healing in a college environment.
The Ohio State University's Sexual Civility and Empowerment Program (SCE) uses an advocacy model designed to provide individualized, trauma-informed, services to students who have experienced sexual violence. This presentation will focus on the creation and implementation of SCE's multidisciplinary approach. Grounded in student development theory, SCE's model can be replicated on other college and university campuses. Best practices for implementation and lessons learned along the way will be discussed.
Preventing sexual violence on campuses is possible when schools use evidence-informed practices and take a comprehensive approach to violence prevention. This session will outline findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2015 Think Tank and Action Planning Meetings that sought to identify promising practices for preventing sexual violence on campuses. Join staff from CDC's Division of Violence Prevention as they share lessons learned, evidence-informed practices, and guidance for creating and implementing action plans using the best available evidence.
In 2015, the University of San Diego (USD) enhanced campus prevention and response efforts by launching the CARE (Campus Assault Resources and Education) Faculty Ambassador program. CARE Faculty Ambassadors are appointed from each College and School and present to colleagues regarding sexual misconduct and relationship violence. Learn about the pilot year of the Ambassador program, ways in which the Ambassador program complements other USD prevention and response initiatives, receive Ambassador training and script templates, and discuss best practices for campus-wide collaborations.
This session will explore a 6-week, cohort based, facilitated dialogue that encourages and challenges its participants to critically examine their masculinity in the context of the campus community, to explore the systemic connections between traditional masculinity and gender-based violence, and to create personal definitions and counter-narratives to dominant masculinity. The presentation will focus on the program's curriculum, the learning assessment plan, and a review of the findings from the two cohorts, and how intergroup dialogue can complement violence prevention efforts on other campuses.
While both Title IX and violence prevention offices pursue the work of gender equity, compliance and social justice occasionally feel at odds. How do you reconcile neutral parties with survivor advocates? We built a program focusing on the common ground of our two offices and defining distinct roles within the community. Whatever your resources or the format of your offices, you will be able to learn from our successes (and mistakes) to chart a more effective course at your institutions.
New student reading projects exist on many college campuses, creating a common conversation centered on a carefully chosen, thought-provoking book. For its 2016 Reading Project, Tulane University chose Asking For It by Kate Harding and used the book as a springboard for a slate of classroom and campus-wide programs. This session will explore how Tulane's Reading Project became a vehicle for a comprehensive response to rape culture.
Federal regulations require institutions to address impacts of sexual violence on study abroad students beyond crisis management. Close collaboration among Title IX,the Survivor Advocate and Study Abroad strengthens all stages of a student's study abroad experience. Integrating trauma-informed approaches can facilitate student transition and help them take full advantage of an enriching, immersive educational opportunity. Participants will gain tools and communication strategies to strengthen their sexual violence prevention, advocacy, and support services for students at home and abroad.
This session will explore the ways that Title IX investigators can incorporate LGBTQIA/Queer identities and competencies into their practice with students and during investigations. This session will provide education on LGBTQIA/Queer issues, a foundational education on identities and identity development, as well as a way to incorporate the education into practice. This session will also address the most recent Dear Colleague letter and provide insights into campus initatives for compliance and social justice.
In September 2015, the University of Tennessee was awarded an Office on Violence Against Women Campus Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. Under this grant, the academic course Sexual Violence: The Issue, The Challenge, Creating Change was developed. The course applies leadership theory to promising sexual violence prevention practices to educate and empower students to create strategies and tactics to positively impact the prevention and response to sexual violence at the University of Tennessee.
The national conversation regarding interpersonal violence on college campuses and universities has changed drastically in the past five years. No longer is outreach, education, and advocacy relegated to women's centers and student activism. Although the changing landscape has been beneficial to the violence prevention movement, there is an overwhelming focus on compliance. This session will explore tools used by survivor support advocates as well as campus-wide partnerships to create a survivor centered approach when responding to interpersonal violence.
The goal of this program is to showcase evaluation designs and data analysis strategies, informed by research literature on campus sexual violence prevention, which can be used to design impactful prevention programs. Participants will be able to apply assessment and evaluation design strategies to their own work; understand the process for adapting and validating scales, connecting them directly to intervention objectives; and synthesize ways in which results can drive the development and improvement of sexual violence prevention programs.
While Title IX guidance is grounded in compliance, its aspirations are in culture change. Colleges are challenged to move beyond compliance to effectively lead these efforts, but how can campus officials lead for positive campus change? This session will highlight several practices one College used to redefine its approach to this work -- where compliant policies and procedures go hand in hand with a commitment to working collaboratively with students on healing, sexual violence prevention, healthy relationships education, and culture change.
Violence prevention and response is currently at the forefront of campus issues. Many colleges and universities are now facing a crisis of compliance and care in a time when resources are more and more competitive. Core functions for a survivor-centered, trauma-informed program include education, prevention and response services. Session participants will explore how this model is applied at one university, leaving with practical, evidence-based strategies to apply at campuses nationwide.
We all see and hear the wonderful things many of the larger institutions are doing when it comes to prevention work, education, and training. But if you don't work at a large school, it's likely that your resources (financial, staffing) are stretched thin as you try to provide similar opportunities, in addition to meeting all of the requirements by Title IX, Clery, VAWA and Campus SaVE Act. This program will describe how one institution built a program from scratch.
Many well-intended campus prevention initiatives lack the rigorous intentionality necessary for making a transformative impact on sexual assault. Much is known about effective strategic planning, yet less than half of campuses are effectively engaging in this critical prevention process. Join this session to learn the four simple questions that can increase institutional investment in prevention, maximize current resources, and ultimately make sexual assault prevention efforts more impactful.
Lawyers have been overlooked as a critical resource for survivors of campus sexual violence. Yet the law and best practice suggest that colleges should be providing legal services to survivors of sexual violence. This program will describe the Student Survivor Legal Services program – an on-campus program that provides free legal services to survivors – and will discuss the benefits of this service. The program will offer Title IX Coordinators and administrators ideas for how to deliver such services to their students.