Last week ACPA release Beyond Compliance: Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education.
Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of the ACPA Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence Prevention in Higher Education. The Task Force steering committee was selected from an unprecedented 162 nominations. It was an honor to be asked by ACPA leadership to co-chair this group with Jody Jessup-Anger. The members of the steering committee represented a wide variety of perspectives and expertise on sexual violence. It was wonderful to work with this group as they readily shared differing view points and perspectives, all in an effort to make our contribution to addressing sexual violence in higher education as effective as possible.
When we met in Washington DC last August, the group quickly coalesced around (1) seeing sexual violence as a social justice issue and (2) wanting to leverage the national (governmental and media) attention on compliance to include prevention. College campuses certainly have work to do to more effectively respond to and adjudicate sexual violence, but even if they were perfect at responding and complying they would always be responding and complying without actual prevention. The monograph frames the issues of sexual violence in higher education, identifies learning outcomes and pedagogical considerations, professional competencies, and strategies for institutional leadership. The monograph is available for free for ACPA members.