Culture of Respect

Culture of Respect strengthens schools by providing a framework to assess and improve efforts to eliminate rape and sexual assault from their campuses. We provide tools for all constituents at colleges and universities as they answer the call to ensure students are safe to pursue the promise of higher education.

Culture of Respect Collective applications are now being accepted. The Collective is an interactive online platform that guides institutional stakeholders through a step-by-step program to improve their efforts to prevent and respond to campus sexual violence. This evidence-based 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. Apply today.

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 incidents of 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, advocacy, and campus activism to develop the CORE Blueprint, CORE Evaluation, and CultureofRespect.org. 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 assault 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, please visit their website cultureofrespect.naspa.org.

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.

Co-Founders
  • John Fifield
  • Sandi Haber Fifield
Founding Advisor
  • David Lisak, Ph.D., Interpersonal violence expert and founding board member of 1in 6
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
  • Laurie Hamre, Vice President of Student Affairs, Macalester College (2000-2015), previously Dean of Students
  • 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
  • Maxwell Love, President (2014-2015), U.S. Student Association, the nation's oldest and largest student association
  • 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