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1 Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Programming Model University of Northern Iowa Michelle Czarnecki, Ellie Hail and Rachel Jones

2 Meet the Presenters Rachel Jones Information Technology Trainer M.A., Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs (May 2014) Ellie Hail Residence Life Coordinator M.A., Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs (May 2014) Michelle Czarnecki Student Involvement GA M.A., Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs (May 2014)

3 Where we are headed today: Strategy Project Resources Context Legal Implications Theoretical Background Communications Sample website Campus Partners Nine Month Plan August/September October November December January February March April May Return to Theory References Click the links above to go directly to a section

4 Strategy Create and market new Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention website; use as a learning portal. Utilize social media to engage and connect students, faculty, and staff to information about sexual assault. Roll out educational and awareness materials monthly using: – Educational App – Tutorials – Videos – Podcasts – Events

5 Strategy Host fun and educational events each month to engage students, faculty, and staff in the conversation about awareness and prevention. Provide training and professional development sessions for university faculty and staff. Collaborate with existing student organizations, committees, and other groups on campus to promote awareness throughout the year and during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April).

6 Project Resources Funding Sources – Multiple funding sources will be used to sustain the program throughout the year: – Fundraising Events – Grants – Office on Violence Against Women: Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program, Local Blackhawk County Gaming Grant – Local Businesses – Connect with local business for donations in-kind – Student Organizations (student government and campus activities board) – Take advantage of free resources

7 Project Resources Time & Talent – All our programs will be sponsored by the University Health Services Department in conjunction with other appropriate campus partners and supported by volunteers from across campus – Hire a part time graduate student to coordinate events, update website, handle social media, and facilitate communications – Faculty, Staff, Students – Utilizing “in house” expert knowledge; Request volunteers to help staff events and activities

8 Context Campus Snapshot Located in Cedar Falls, Iowa Enrollment: 12,159 Regional Comprehensive University 32 Academic Departments 1,800 Faculty & Staff

9 Legal Implications: VAWA Services & Programs provided: Federal rape shield law May prohibit the publication of the identity of an alleged rape victim or limit a defendant’s ability to question alleged rape victim’s past sexual behavior while in court. Community violence prevention programs For example: Native American women have the highest rate of intimate partner violence of any racial or ethnic group in the US. VAWA enables tribes to create assistance programs for victims of IPV. Funding for victim assistance services Allows for programs that raise awareness and create a culture of prevention at universities to receive grant funding. Programs and services for immigrant women, women of different races and ethnicities, and victims with disabilities Legal aid for survivors of domestic violence

10 Legal Implications: OCR “Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681,et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. ” Colleges and universities are responsible to take immediate and effective steps to respond. If sexual violence has occurred, a school must take prompt and effective steps to end the sexual violence, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects, whether or not the sexual violence is the subject of a criminal investigation.

11 Legal Implications: Clery/SaVE Comply with Clery regulations by integrating the SaVE – Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act guidelines into training for staff to ensure accurate reporting: Transparency – Incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking be disclosed in annual campus crime statistic reports. Accountability – Standards for institutional disciplinary procedures covering domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Education – Programming for students and employees addressing the issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Collaboration – between the U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services to collect and disseminate best practices for preventing and responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

12 Theoretical Background Definition: Study of the relationship between the student and the campus environment; students affect the campus environment and the campus environment affects students. Application to Case: Ensuring campus environment discourages sexual assaults (i.e., well-lit spaces, emergency phones, or mindful landscaping) and print media conveys importance of consent as well as moving away from a rape culture. Definition: Learning is knowledge creation through experience. Application to Case: Utilized Kolb’s four cycles to plan programming: 1.Concrete Experience (CE) – Feeling dimension 2.Reflective Observation (RO) – Watching dimension 3.Abstract Conceptualization (AC) – Thinking dimension 4.Active Experimentation (AE) – Doing dimension Campus Ecology Theory: James Banning Learning Styles: David Kolb Learning Styles: David Kolb

13 Communication and Social Media Three methods of information sharing: 1.Sample website – Resources for victims, the accused, and those wanting to learn more – Campus contacts – Required learning modules for new students – Social media handles – Forum space 2.Social media – Twitter: @UNISAAM – Facebook: UNISAAM – Tumblr: UNISAAM – Instagram: UNISAAM – YouTube: UNISAAM 3.Social media intern – Part time (10 hours) student from Women and Gender Studies program – Will utilize HootSuite to coordinate social media messages across all platforms

14 Sample website This website will be a portal for sexual violence and misconduct information that is easy to access by students, staff, and faculty. It will be a central repository for social media, event promotion, and resources.

15 Social Media Handles UNISAAM @UNISAAM UNISAAM

16 Campus Partners Department of Residence Student Organizations Dean of Students Office First Year Experience Programs Study Abroad Office Campus Safety/Police Wellness Recreation Services Health & Counseling Center Faculty Senate Engage campus partners by hosting a workshop focusing on sexual violence and misconduct. Provide resources for groups to use in programming.

17 Nine Month Plan for Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Creating a culture of awareness and prevention of sexual violence at UNI. Cross-departmental engagement in the conversation about this topic. Clear support for survivors of sexual violence. Consistent campus response to incidents of sexual violence. Creative programs and events to raise awareness for all students, faculty and staff.

18 August/September Resident Assistant Workshop Training – Bystander, Sexual Response Protocol. Coffee Break for Faculty & Staff – Provide flyers that focus on main points for preventing sexual misconduct. Student Programs Faculty/Staff Programs Online Tutorial: Sexual Misconduct Prevention – All new students complete this interactive learning activity Giveaways for students moving into residence halls – mini- flashlights, sexual assault prevention bracelets Programs for All Welcome week event: Night Walk – Campus walk with Police providing safety tips, identifying emergency blue light phones, promoting Campus Safety Escort Service.

19 August/September Social Mediapalooza – Engage social media followers through participation contests. Kick-off “Teal Tuesdays” – Teal is the color associated with sexual assault awareness, Teal Tuesdays encourages all to wear teal on Tuesdays to raise awareness. Individuals wearing teal on Tuesdays may be picked for small prizes. Student Programs Faculty/Staff Programs Programs for All Roll out and promote website – Email and social media blasts, table tents in the student union, and announcement in the “Inside UNI” online weekly newsletter Partners in Prevention – Provide comprehensive “Train the trainer” workshop for Campus Partners. Offer in- person and via Adobe Connect. Also available via podcast.

20 October Homecoming Promotion – Safe Date Tailgate with facts and giveaways related to sexual assault awareness and prevention. Rape Aggressive Defense (RAD) Course “On the Lawn” – Personal safety and defense training with Campus Police. Student Programs Faculty/Staff Programs Programs for All “The Invisible War” – Partner with Military & Veterans Center to hold viewing of “The Invisible War,” a documentary about the prevalence of unreported and ignored sexual assault in the military. Lunch and Learn – Professional development session hosted by Department of Women and Gender Studies faculty. Topic is “Rape Culture in Higher Education.”

21 October Student-led Bystander Prevention Training in the first- year-only course sections: Hosted by the student organization “Students Against a Violent Environment” (SAVE). Student Programs Faculty/Staff Programs Programs for All Website – Roll out and promote, update as needed Teal Tuesdays – Teal is the color associated with sexual assault awareness, Teal Tuesdays encourages all to wear teal on Tuesdays to raise awareness. Spin for Survivors – Marathon spin-cycle event. Each office can pledge to support survivors of sexual violence by “spinning” all 8 hours of the work day for cash donations. The office that raises the most funds wins a free catered breakfast from University Dining.

22 November Transgender Day of Remembrance – Partner with UNI Proud, LGBTQ student organization, to host an event to raise awareness around trans- targeted violence. Tumblr Contest – Students can design an “expect consent” poster; allow submissions via social media or email. Student Programs Faculty/Staff Programs Programs for All Teal Tuesdays Q and A with a Legal Firm – Partner with legal firm for a podcast or Skype session regarding VAWA, SaVE, or OCR.

23 December Finals Week Stress Buster – Collaborate with the Campus Activities Board for a Bingo night focusing on defining consent, available campus resources for survivors, and bystander intervention. Student Programs Faculty/Staff Programs Programs for All Teal Tuesdays Student-designed poster campaign “Expect Consent” Thank You Gift for Faculty/Staff – Send notepads with logo, social media handles, two to three key statistics about sexual assault, and important campus resource contact information.

24 January Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors…and the Accused – Lunch & Learn for Faculty & Staff focusing on how to support students affected by sexual violence and those accused of sexual violence. Student Programs Faculty/Staff Programs Programs for All MLK Jr. Day of Service – Volunteers (students and staff) use time and talent to do minor repairs, cleaning, and painting at the Blackhawk County Women’s Shelter. Teal Tuesdays Get Back into the Swing of Studying – Information booth in the student union, giveaway are free baseball bat-shaped bookmarks with web site url and “save the date” for February Speaker.

25 February “Live Group Sex Therapy” Show – Crowd-based, audience participation speaker busts myths about sexual assault. Marketing Survey “Your Voice” – Conduct flash focus groups to get instant feedback on marketing materials and social media content. Student Programs Faculty/Staff Programs Programs for All Teal Tuesdays Campus Ecology Assessment – Create and conduct assessment about the climate of our campus for all students, faculty and staff. Questions to address culture around sexual assault prevention and response Staying Safe While Abroad – Partner with Study Abroad to include article in their faculty/staff newsletter focusing on specifics for sexual violence prevention and awareness when leading and supporting study abroad trips.

26 March Social Media Photo Scavenger Hunt – Spring break themed photo scav hunt, promoted with #SAAM2014iscoming Bystander Training – For student leaders and student government, hosted by the Center for Violence Prevention and MVP. Student Programs Faculty/Staff Programs Programs for All Teal Tuesdays Bystander Training – Hosted by the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program started by Jackson Katz, et al. (

27 April PAVE App – A free app that shares 1 fact a day about sexual assault and prevention. “Teal Talks” – Campus experts share a TED-like talk about sexual assault awareness and prevention. Assessment – Tweet results; create small fliers with information; host open forums to discuss. Promote all Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) activities and programs Teal Tuesdays Programs for All

28 April FACES Campaign – A photo booth for survivors and family/friends of survivors to bring humanity to lived experiences of sexual violence. Photos are displayed in the Union, and will be displayed every April as a part of SAAM. RA Bulletin Board/Programming – Facts and information RAs can share with their residents during SAAM. – Items include student-designed “Expect Consent” posters, calendar of events, info sheet on PAVE app, fliers about Teal Talks, and resource information for survivors. Student Programs

29 April Teal Cupcakes – Free cupcake to first 50 students at major events that can share a SAAM fact (from the App and Twitter). i-Pledge Campaign – Providing information about sexual assault awareness and safety tips for going out to students and local businesses. – “I pledge to look out for my friends.” – “I pledge to create a safe environment for my customers.” – “I pledge to make choices with positive outcomes.” Student Programs

30 May Summer Orientation Staff Training – Training for all undergraduate SOS staff that will be working with incoming students over the summer. Summer Send Off – Social media blast (one last time) and a teal t- shirts giveaway, randomly announced on social media. Student Programs Faculty/Staff Programs Programs for All Teal Tuesdays Town Hall Meeting – Gathering for faculty and staff to come together and discuss the state of sexual violence awareness and prevention on campus. Will include feedback about the previous 9 months’ programs and activities.

31 Return to Theory Kolb’s Learning Theory – Concrete Experiences/Feeling (CE) – Reflective Observations/Watching (RO) – Abstract Conceptualization/Thinking (AC) – Active Experimentation/Doing (AE) By utilizing all four elements of Kolb, we are ensuring that all diverse learners in the entire university community are able to benefit from our variety of programming.

32 Return to Theory: Kolb Feeling (CE) – Invisible War Screening – FACES Photobooth – “Teal Talks” Watching (RO) – Teal Tuesdays – Social Media Thinking (AC) – Social media poster design contest – Required training for first-year students – Campus Ecology Assessment Doing (AE) – Spin for Survivors – RAD Course “On the Lawn” – Cupcake giveaway

33 References Evans, Nancy J., Deanna S. Forney, Florence M. Guido, Lori D. Patton, and Kristen A. Renn. Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Print. natives natives

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