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Office on Violence Against Women Campus Grant Project

What is the OVW Campus Grant Program?

In September 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women awarded the Women’s Center at the University of Idaho almost $300,000 to fund the Campus Violence Prevention Project. The grant award is funding efforts to engage the campus, community and statewide organizations in developing and implementing culturally competent, community responsive prevention education programming and victim services at U of I. The project will have a special outreach emphasis to students from diverse and multicultural backgrounds.

What are the grant goals?

  • Goal 1: Broaden campus and community engagement;
  • Goal 2: The reduction of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking;
  • Goal 3: Effective and timely intervention.

These three overarching goals will be carried out through efforts in five key areas:

  1. A coordinated community response team (CCRT);
  2. Comprehensive prevention education and outreach;
  3. Student conduct;
  4. Law enforcement;
  5. Victim services.

Green Dot Video

A core goal of the OVW grant is engaging men and student-athletes in violence prevention efforts on campus. This Green Dot PSA encourages Vandals to step up when their peers need support.

All grant activities will support and promote Clery Act and Title IX compliance, robust efforts to engage men and cultural competence.

Campus and Community Partners

A coordinated community response approach ensures a timely, culturally relevant and respectful response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking committed on or off campus. Implementing such an approach requires establishing a Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT). This team coordinates all prevention and intervention efforts; facilitates communication between key campus departments and community partners; ensures messages across efforts are consistent and reinforced; and ensures the system’s response to victims is seamless, consistent and supportive.

CCRT Subcommittees

The Mobilizing Men subcommittee creates and implements educational programming designed to engage campus men in gender-based violence prevention, with a focus on healthy masculinities, non-violent communication, and their roles as empowered bystanders. Members include:

  • Emilie McLarnan, Associate Director Violence Prevention Programs 
  • Dan Ewart, Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
  • Butch Fealy, Associate Director, Competitive and Recreational Sports
  • Joshua Bailey, Assistant Professor, Exercise, Sport, and Health Sciences
  • Andrew Stark, Job Location and Development Coordinator, Financial Aid
  • Kyle O'Keefe,Career Advising Liaison, Career Services
  • Drew Moreno,Career Advising Liaison, Career Services
  • Sean McIlraith, Administrative Coordinator, Athletics
  • John Hennrich, Case Manager, Dean of Students
  • Nick O’Neal, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Dean of Students
  • Andrew Stark, Job Location and Development Coordinator, Financial Aid

This subcommittee is conducting an inventory of existing prevention training and assessing gaps for specific student populations, to identify culturally responsive and accessible strategies for broader implementation of educational programs for all students, staff, faculty, and community members. This group works closely with the Mobilizing Men subcommittee to ensure consistent application. Members include:

  • Julia Keleher, Director, LGBTQA Office
  • James Fry, Chief, Moscow Police Department
  • Erin Chapman, Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Emilie McLarnan, Coordinator, Violence Prevention Programs
  • Aryn Baxter, Director, International Programs Office

This subcommittee reviews existing University and local community policies, protocols, and procedures through a trauma-informed, culturally responsive lens to determine necessary updates, and identify areas for improvement. Members include:

  • Cari Espenschade, Member, Student Disciplinary Review Board
  • Erin Agidius, Director, Office of Civil Rights & Investigations
  • Cari Fealy, Associate Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Kara Blom, Director, Campus Security

This subcommittee will create program-specific marketing and messaging to ensure consistency, inclusivity, broad appeal, and congruency with the goals set by the grant, and serve to communicate clear values and expectations to the Vandal community. Members include:

  • Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women’s Center
  • Yolanda Bisbee, Chief Diversity Officer & Executive Director of Tribal Relations
  • Corey Ray, Associate Director, University Housing
  • Sara Graper, Assistant Director, Conduct and Community Standards
  • Jodi Walker, Director of Communications, University Communications & Marketing

Through a trauma-informed lens, this subcommittee is reviewing existing services and responses to and for victims and survivors, to identify current strengths and opportunities for improvement. This subcommittee works closely with the Policies, Protocols and Procedures subcommittee. Members include:

  • Sydel Samuels, Director, Native American Student Center
  • Tim Besst, Latah County Sherriff’s Office
  • Jessica Long, Director, College of Law’s Victim Services Clinic
  • Amy Taylor, Director, Center for Disability, Access & Resources
  • Meagan Vincello, Moscow Police Department
  • Alyda Jaeger, Advocate, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse

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