Culture of Respect

Culture of Respect builds the capacity of educational institutions to end sexual violence through ongoing, expansive organizational change. 

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

    The Collective is an ambitious two-year program that brings together institutions of higher education who are dedicated to endign campus sexual violence and guides them through a rigorous process of self-assessment and organizational change. Each cohort relies on an expert-developed public health framework, cross-campus collaboration and peer-led learning to make meanigful programmatic and policy change. Meet our 2018 cohort.

  • CORE Constructs: now available!
    The CORE Constructs Toolkit is a suite of guides that provide in-depth guidance on how to prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus. The Guides include resources, tools, and templates that can be adpted to meet specific institutional needs and shared withs taff and stakeholders accross your campus. CORE Constructs are now available for purchase in the NASPA bookstore. The toolkit includes the following six guides:
    - How to be an Effective Campus Advocate
    - Planning and Strategy for Prevention Education on Campus
    - Creating an Activist Peer Education Program
    - Assessing and Improving Campus Sexual Violence Policies
    - Training, Compliance and Engagement for Campus Employees
    - Communicating with Campus Stakeholders about Sexual Violence
  • 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 a reference guide of evidence-based and expert-recommended practices in campus sexual violence prevention and response. Compiled by experts from our multidisciplinary Advisory Board, the CORE Blueprint is organized around six key areas - the six pillars - that are essential to an effective institutional strategy for ending sexual violence. All Culture of Respect programs and tools are grounded in this six-pillar framework. The latest edition, updated in February of 2017, includes the latest expert recommendations and federal guidance. It can be downloaded for free from the Culture of Respect website from our website or through the NASPA bookstore
  • The CORE Evaluation s a comprehensive self-assessment survey that allows institutions of higher education to inventory their efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence. The questions are organized around the six pillars of the CORE Blueprint, prompting institutional leaders to look at policies, programs, and procedures in each area. The newly updated 3rd edition is available in the NASPA bookstore. 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 was the first 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.

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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

  • David Lisak, Ph.D., Interpersonal violence expert and founding board member of 1 in 6

  • Laurie Hamre, Vice President of Student Affairs, Macalester College (2000-2015), previously Dean of Students

Advisory Board

  • Sarah Bolton, Ph.D., President and Professor, The College of Wooster

  • Matthew Colpitts, Ed.D, Director of Residential Life, Léman Manhattan Preparatory School

  • Jackie Cruz, Ed.M, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ph.D. student, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

  • Adam F. Falk, Ph.D., President, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; past President and Professor, Williams College

  • Allan Ford, M.A., Title IX Coordinator, Northeastern State University

  • Eric Hartman,Vice President, Sewanee, The University of the South

  • Daniel Hernandez, M.S., Assistant Director, Fraternity and Sorority Life, University of Texas at Dallas

  • Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D., Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

  • Jennifer Jacobsen, M.A., MPH, Wellness Director, Grinnell College

  • Nicole Johnson, MSW, Title IX and Compliance Director, Spelman College

  • 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)

  • Diane L. Rosenfeld, J.D, LL.M., Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law and Director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School

  • Penny Rue, M.A., Ph.D., Vice President for Campus Life, Wake Forest University

  • Wanda Swan, M.A., Director, Respect Program, Emory University

  • Tracey E. Vitchers, M.A., Director, It's On Us