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Though the barrage of workplace sexual harassment stories populating our newsfeeds have been painful to read and digest, activists and leaders are helping us lean into the #MeToo moment to create change in our workplaces, campuses, and communities. And while conversations about sexual violence have been commonplace at institutions of higher education for years, we can use this difficult moment as an opportunity to recommit to our work to end sexual assault, harassment, and intimate partner violence on campus.
To get us one step close to that vision, Culture of Respect is proud to share innovative ideas for preventing and responding to campus sexual violence that come directly from the nearly 50 institutions in the 2017 cohort of Culture of Respect Collective. These pioneering institutions joined the Collective as a demonstration of their commitment to addressing sexual violence head-on. As part of the program, each participating institution gathered a multidisciplinary team of leaders and stakeholders to administer a comprehensive self-assessment: the CORE Evaluation. The cross-campus dialogue that occurred when administering the self-assessment, along with detailed results and feedback from Culture of Respect, informed the ambitious and metrics-based plans Collective campuses created to improve their institutional efforts across the six pillars of the CORE Blueprint. We are publishing a selection of strategies from those plans, because we believe all great ideas should be shared.
Notably, while all campuses considered the same questions regarding institutional programs and policies through the CORE Evaluation self-assessment process, the solutions they proposed are as unique as their individual campuses. We hope you will use these innovative ideas as a jumping-off point for adapting them to the unique needs of your institution.
Download our 2-page summary today to be inspired by the work of Collective institutions. Want to know more? Visit CultureofRespect.org or get in touch with staff if you’d like to connect with the practitioners who are implementing these practices.