The rapidly shifting landscape around Title IX and its enforcement has resulted in an atmosphere of uncertainty for campus professionals charged with sexual violence prevention and response. Despite this uncertainty, a few things remain clear: institutions have an obligation to create a safe learning environment and students will continue to hold institutions accountable to this requirement. Fulfilling this obligation continues to be a challenge, as many campuses face staffing shortages, lawsuits, and an evolving understanding of best practices for prevention and response.
The Culture of Respect Collective is NASPA’s signature program to help institutions of higher education address campus sexual violence. This campus mobilization program guides institutional stakeholders through a step-by-step strategic assessment and planning process to improve sexual violence prevention and response. At the same time, the program provides a framework and support for doing more with less, especially in a climate of uncertainty and emerging evidence of “what works” to address sexual violence.
As a small institution, our budget is tiny; when we pay for a program, it potentially means giving up something else, so we have to weigh each purchase to make sure the end result means better services and/or more programming for students, faculty, and staff. The Culture of Respect program definitely demonstrated that the output was worth it.
Colorado School of Mines
The Culture of Respect keeps us honest through workable deadlines... those deadlines (along with friendly reminders) makes sure that I am able to prioritize projects….Through Culture of Respect, I am immediately tapped into a network of professionals who are only a login away.
Northeastern State University
We have made significant changes to our policies and procedures that allow for a more supportive, transparent process. Additionally, we have been able to add additional support services and expand current support programs.
Loyola University New Orleans
Culture of Respect has truly elevated our campus efforts around ending sexual violence by providing a solid, evidence-based framework for prevention and response at all levels and by helping us identify what we can do better.
California State University at Northridge
Guided, step-by-step instructions to the Culture of Respect strategic planning process, provided through NASPA’s Online Learning Community (OLC), including access for any campus stakeholder
Individualized access to the CORE Evaluation through Qualtrics survey software, allowing your institution to review and revise results and also document progress over the program period
Easy-to-use tools and templates, including: an example letter for inviting colleagues to your Campus Leadership Team (CLT); sample language for promoting your work with the Collective to institutional stakeholders; a worksheet for documenting members of your CLT; a customizable tool for creating a strategic plan that is responsive to assessment results; an action planning template used to create strong, achievable objectives
On-demand technical assistance, resource referrals, and other support from Culture of Respect staff including: check-in meetings throughout the program period; a monthly listserv with up-to-date news, research and professional development opportunities; customized feedback on assessment results and your strategic plan; and opportunities for low-cost site visits
Varied professional development opportunities including: online webinars; in-person networking events at NASPA conferences; and opportunities to present on collaborative conference presentations
Facilitated networking and learning with colleagues from around the country, including: online discussion forums, topic-specific learning communities, and custom matching with similar professionals from the cohort
Comprehensive documentation of your campus’ progress including: individualized baseline assessment results with quantitative and qualitative measures of your campus’ efforts to address violence across six pillars; a published analysis of aggregate cohort results; and individualized endpoint results with change-scores to document areas of improvement
A cost-effective model for making large-scale institutional progress in addressing sexual violence
Culture of Respect is now accepting applications for the next Collective cohort; the application deadline is November 30th, 2017. There are many ways to learn more about the details of this program: visit the application portal, hear program details through our archived webinar, or reach out directly with your questions.
Last year, over 50 institutions demonstrated their commitment to this issue by joining the Collective. We hope you will join them, and us, in working to create a Culture of Respect.