In our ongoing commitment to improve the ways sexual and gender-based violence on campus is addressed, Brown joins NASPA's (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Culture of Respect's Collective program as a part of their 2021 cohort. The Culture of Respect Collective engages institutions in rigorous self assessment and collaborative strategic planning to take targeted steps towards addressing sexual and gender-based violence on campus. In alignment with the tradition of grassroots engagement at Brown, this initiative brings together campus organizers and practitioners who are engaged in advocacy, scholarship and support services campus-wide.
The two-year program assists universities in their efforts to assess their effectiveness in addressing gender-based violence prevention and response efforts through a process of self-assessment and targeted organizational change. The assessment is organized around six key pillars (Survivor Support, Clear Policies, Multitiered Education for the entire campus, Public Disclosures of Statistics, Schoolwide Mobilization with students, groups and leaders and Ongoing Self Assessment) and ensures that they are fully addressed and adapted by each university. These pillars outline a holistic framework to building infrastructure around sexual violence prevention and response.
Over a period of two-years, each cohort will receive a personalized track that makes use of an expert-developed public health framework, cross campus collaboration, and peer-led learning to catalyze institutional change. The program has shown success in making programmatic and policy changes at over 100 institutions across North America.
Brown’s involvement in Culture of Respect will complement pre-existing programmatic efforts like BWell Health Promotion’s Sexual Harassment & Assault Resources & Education (SHARE) Advocates who provide confidential services and support for sexual assault survivors, and Sexual Assault Peer Education (SAPE) whose preventative education efforts shape a culture of consent on campus, as well as the University’s response efforts through our unified policy and procedures to adjudicate reports of sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking.
On a national scale, Brown participates in the Association of American Universities survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct to understand where we stand in this landscape, and then use its findings to inform our efforts to serve the student population.
Campus Leadership Team
Leading Brown’s participation in the Culture of Respect Collective is Elliot Ruggles, SHARE Advocate, and Rene Davis, Title IX Program Officer. Together, they will engage a core Campus Leadership Team composed of stakeholders, practitioners and scholars from across the university, along with faculty and students currently engaged in existing prevention and intervention efforts. The team will meet both regularly and at crucial junctures to balance both inclusivity and efficiency, and reach out to campus community members and stakeholders for input along the process.
Campus of Respect Core Leadership Team
Alpert Medical School
Lindsay Orchowski, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)
BWell Health Promotion
Tanya Purdy, MPH, Director
Elliot Ruggles, LICSW, PhD, SHARE Advocate
Alana Sacks, LICSW, SHARE Advocate
Caitlin O’Neill, PhD, Assistant Director
Office of Institutional Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Rene Davis, MBA, Title IX Program Officer
Juana De Los Santos, MBA, MS, Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender
Felicia Salinas-Moniz, PhD, MA, Senior Assistant Director
Savannah Lewis ‘21, Sexual Health Awareness Group
Jamila Beesley ‘22, Sexual Assault Peer Educator
Isabelle Sharon ‘23, Campus Life Student Advisory Board
Emily Owens, PhD Department of History
Tamar Katz, PhD, Department of English
Questions can be directed to [email protected].