The Culture of Respect Collective is a campus mobilization program that guides institutional stakeholders through a step-by-step strategic assessment and planning process to improve their efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Built upon the success of a 14-institution pilot program, the inaugural cohort includes 50+ diverse institutions of higher education. Participation in the Collective includes: tools, templates and technical assistance for completing a comprehensive self-assessment; opportunities for collaboration and networking with peers across the nation; ongoing support from Culture of Respect staff; and varied professional development opportunities.
About Culture of Respect
Mission. Culture of Respect helps colleges and universities strengthen their sexual assault prevention and response efforts. We offer higher education leaders a six-point strategic roadmap, the CORE Blueprint, that engages all constituent groups – students, parents, faculty, administrators, health professionals, athletes and more – in implementing the leading practices to shift campus culture to one free from sexual violence.
Our Approach. Our work is built upon three fundamental tenets:
- Creating true culture change on campus requires involving all stakeholders in the process.
- The work must be grounded in sound evidence, research, and theory.
- Violence prevention necessitates a comprehensive approach, one that addresses the dynamics that exist at societal, community (including institutional community), relationship, and individual levels (see the CDC’s Social-Ecological Model).
Each of these tenets is infused into the CORE Blueprint and accompanying self-assessment, the CORE Evaluation. We also approach sexual violence with an understanding that because each campus maintains a diverse student population and unique infrastructure, systems, and traditions, a “one-size-fits-all” approach to campus sexual violence cannot be the answer. The CORE Blueprint is prescriptive in its broad strategy while flexible in specific implementation, with its unique combination of approaches able to be tailored to fit the specific needs of any institution. Together, the CORE Blueprint and CORE Evaluation provide an actionable framework for each institution to integrate the highest standards and promising approaches to sexual violence prevention and response on campus.
The CORE Blueprint’s six pillars are:
About the Collective
What are the elements of the Collective? Participation in the Culture of Respect Collective includes:
- 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
- Access to CORE Constructs, a suite of guides organized around the Six Pillars of the CORE Blueprint to supplement its implementation;
- 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; and
- 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
Is my institution a good fit for the Collective? Not sure if this is the right fit for you? We've got you covered. You can:
Why should our school apply to be in the Collective? Addressing campus sexual violence is no easy task and certainly one that can’t be accomplished alone. Benefits of joining the Collective include:
- Offers an established framework for making systemic change
- Ensures accountability by establishing deadlines and providing on-going check-ins and support
- Provides an opportunity to demonstrate institutional commitment on this issue to stakeholders
- Enables your institution to be part of a movement of schools working together to address sexual violence nationwide
How does the Culture of Respect CORE Evaluation self-assessment differ from a climate survey? Self-assessment is different than climate surveys, but the two can and should be used to complement each other. A self-assessment serves as an audit of a school’s prevention and responses efforts to address campus sexual violence. Climate surveys are intended to understand the scope and extent of sexual violence on campus. Together, these two efforts can provide administrators with the tools and knowledge to enact a meaningful campus-based response to sexual violence.
Who will be providing the one-on-one support and technical assistance (TA)? Support and TA are provided by Culture of Respect senior director Allison Tombros Korman and program manager Sarice Greenstein, with additional support provided by NASPA’s Research and Policy Institute, the Culture of Respect Advisory Board, and expert colleagues in the field. NASPA staff and Culture of Respect advisors are leaders on the issue of addressing campus sexual violence and have significant technical experience, as well as a rich understanding of how the Culture of Respect approach can truly effect change on campuses.
Has Culture of Respect published any reports about their program? In summer 2016, Culture of Respect concluded a year-long Pilot Program with 14 institutions of higher education nationwide. A full report detailing the results of the Pilot Program are available here. In September 2017, we published Institutional Responses to Campus Sexual Violence: What Data From a Culture of Respect Program Tell Us About the State of the Field, chronicling the myriad ways in which Collective institutions are meeting federal guidelines from the Clery Act and Title IX guidance, and to what extent they are implementing practices and programs recommended by Culture of Respect and other experts in the field.
We are already working hard on this subject. Do you really think the Collective is useful to us? Absolutely. Some of the most engaged and successful participants in the Collective are actively working to address campus sexual violence by administering campus climate surveys, operationalizing Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grants and more. These participants report the Collective has provided them with the structure and the tools to review policies and practices with a holistic lens and to truly engage all stakeholders in the work to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Whatever your current approach to addressing campus sexual violence is, the Collective will help support and enhance your efforts. The program can be especially helpful in supporting your Title IX Coordinator's professional development in this rapidly-evolving field.
How long does the Collective run? While we see the effort to address campus sexual violence as an ongoing and iterative process, the program cycle for the Collective is two years, including time for start-up, implementation, assessment, and close-out. Following this two-year program cycle, participating IHEs will have the skills and tools to continue this process as new data and guidance emerge.
How does my institution apply to be part of the Collective? To apply, complete the application below, including the signed Terms of Participation. Applications will NOT be considered without a completed Terms of Participation.
How can I download the Terms of Participation? The Terms of Participation are available at the end of the application and can also be downloaded here. [Direct link: http://archive.naspa.org/files/CollectiveTermsofParticipation_Cohort2.pdf]
When is the application due? The application must be received by 11:59 pm EST October 31, 2017. The application period has been extended until November 30th. Apply today!
When will my institution be informed if they have received a space in the Collective? Notifications will be sent to the point of contact identified in the application in early November 2017.
What is the cost of joining the Collective?
The cost of participating in the two-year Collective is as follows for NASPA members:
- Year one: $4,000
- Year two: $2,000
The cost of participating in the two-year Collective is as follows for NASPA non-members:
- Year one: $4,250
- Year two: $2,250
Questions? Contact Culture of Respect senior director Allison Tombros Korman at firstname.lastname@example.org.