Culture of Respect

We are dedicated to strengthening sexual violence prevention and response on college campuses 

What Sets Us Apart 

  • Multistakeholder Approach. We believe everyone on campus – students, their families, faculty, administrators, health professionals, and more – has a role to play in creating a Culture of Respect.

  • Innovative Six-Pillar Framework. We compiled the leading practices in the field into a six-pillar strategic roadmap: the CORE Blueprint. Together with the CORE Evaluation self-assessment, this keystone tool anchors our programs.

  • Professional Development. We know campus culture change relies on student affairs professionals with the skills and tools to make it happen, so we support them with trainings, resources, and technical asssitance. 


  • Culture of Respect Collective: now accepting applications!

    The Collective is a campus mobilization program that guides institutional stakeholders through a step-by-step program to improve their efforts to prevent and respond to campus sexual violence. The Collective, based off the success of our pilot program, is grounded in a comprehensive self-assessment, and includes collaboration with peers across the nation, technical assistance from Culture of Respect staff, and ongoing professional development. The 2017 cohort includes more than  50 institutions of higher education. Applications for the 2018 cohort are now open.

  • CORE Constructs - Coming soon!
    CORE Constructs are a suite of guides organized around the six pillars of the CORE Blueprint to supplement its implementation. These guides include downloadable resources, tools, and templates that can be adapted to meet your specific institutional needs. CORE Constructs guides include:
    - How to be an Effective Campus Advocate
    - Medical Responses to Campus Sexual Violence
    - Understanding Campus Sexual Violence Federal Legislation
    - Assessing and Improving Campus Sexual Violence Policies
    - Creating an Activist Peer Education Program
    - Training, Compliance and Engagement for Campus Employees
    - Planning and Strategy for Prevention Education on Campus
    - Communicating with Campus Stakeholders about Sexual Violence
    - Creating an Activist Peer Education Program
  • Technical Assistance

    Culture of Respect is proud to work with esteemed researchers, public health practitioners, student affairs professionals, and legal experts who are highly knowledgeable on this issue. In collaboration with these experts, Culture of Respect can provide tailored technical assistance - by phone, video, or on-site - to address the specific needs of an institution. Here’s how we can help:

    - Guide your institution through using the CORE Evaluation and how to create a strategy to respond to its results

    - Conduct a policy review with content experts

    - Provide support in planning a comprehensive prevention strategy

    - Review and provide feedback on evaluation methodology


  • The CORE Blueprint is a strategic roadpmap for campus stakeholders, comprised of the latest research evidence, expert guidance, and promising practices in campus sexual violence prevention and response. It is organized around its six pillars, pushing stakeholders to think comprehensively about addressing sexual violence on campus. The latest edition, updated in February of 2017, includes the latest expert recommendations and feder guidance. It can be downloaded for free from our website.  
  • The CORE Evaluation is a detailed self-assessment survey that spells out the recommendations from the CORE Blueprint into an easy-to-use checklist. Taking this survey allows institutions of higher educaiton to determine how well their sexual violence prevention and response strategies align with research evidence and expert-recommended practices. A free PDF version of the survey is available on our website. Contact us if you're interesting in adminsitering the survey via an online survey platform and recieving feedback on your results from Culture of Respect staff.
  • is a unique, centralized resource with content that spans from talking points for parents and families, to breakdowns of complex legal information for student survivors. One higlight is our Prevention Programming Matrix, a one-stop shop for learning about sexual violence programs available to institutions of higher education. 
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and we will keep you updated on the latest news and research about sexual violence on campus. 

Our history

Culture of Respect was founded in 2013 by the parents of college-aged students who were alarmed by the high rate of sexual assault on college campuses and the lack of comprehensive resources for survivors, students, administrators and parents trying to respond to and prevent campus sexual assault. They brought together a team of public health and violence prevention researchers from New York University and Columbia University and experts in the fields of research, prevention education, health support, legal issues, violence prevention, higher education policy, outreach, survivor advocacy, and campus activism to develop the CORE Blueprint, CORE Evaluation, and Culture of Respect is the first organization to bring all of these practices together and make them available in one location. Early founding support for Culture of Respect was provided by countless individuals, Williams College, and a grant from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Additional support came from Founding Supporters Denison University and Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Core Supporters, Kenyon College, Macalester College, Rochester Institute of Technology and Sewanee, The University of the South.

In 2016, Culture of Respect officially became part of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, allowing Culture of Respect to bring critical programming and a genuine and sustained solution to campus sexual violence to the greatest number of institutions and students. Working with all stakeholders on a comprehensive approach to on-the-ground change, Culture of Respect is leading a cultural shift to eliminate campus sexual violence.

To learn more about Culture of Respect, access free resources, learn about programming, or get in touch with staff, please visit

Advisory Board

Since its inception, Culture of Respect has been guided by extraordinary individuals, including leaders of national academic organizations, college presidents who shared their challenges and hopes for change, and vice presidents of student affairs whose expertise was relied upon to guide our mission and work. We are the especially grateful to our Advisory Board, who generously share their time, knowledge, and support.

  • John Fifield
  • Sandi Haber Fifield
Emeritus Advisors
  • Laurie Hamre, Vice President of Student Affairs, Macalester College (2000-2015), previously Dean of Student
  • David Lisak, Ph.D., interpersonal violence expert and founding board member of 1in6
Advisory Board
  • Jackie Cruz, Ed.M, Harvard Graduate School of Education, current Ph.D. student, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  • Adam F. Falk, Ph.D., President and Professor, Williams College
  • Eric Hartman, Vice President for Risk Management and Institutional Effectiveness, Sewanee, The University of the South
  • Muriel A. Howard, Ph.D., President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D., Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  • Charlotte H. Johnson, J.D., Vice President and Dean of Students at Scripps College, Dean of Dartmouth College (2011-2014)
  • Martha J. Kanter, Ed.D., Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow at New York University; Former U.S. Under Secretary of Education (2009-2013)
  • Karestan Koenen, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
  • Diane L. Rosenfeld, J.D, LL.M., Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law and Director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School
  • Tracey E. Vitchers, M.A., Director of Development & Operations at Sexual Health Innovations; College Sexual Violence Prevention Activist