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Office on Violence Against Women Campus Grant Project

What is the OVW Campus Grant Program?

In September 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) awarded the Women’s Center at the University of Idaho a continuation grant of almost $300,000 to fund the Campus Violence Prevention Project for a further three years. The Women’s Center received an OVW grant in 2016. The grant award is funding efforts to engage the campus, community, statewide and national organizations in developing and implementing culturally relevant, community responsive prevention education programming and victim services at U of I. The project will have an increased emphasis on stalking prevention education and outreach to students with disabilities.

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 humility.

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 survivors is seamless, consistent and supportive.

CCRT Subcommittees

This group is charged with setting the direction of the grant and monitoring progress towards established goals.

Members include:

  • Erin Agidius, Title IX Coordinator and Director, Office of Civil Rights & Investigations
  • Kris Bragg, Officer, Moscow Police Department, Campus Division
  • Cari Fealy, Associate Dean of Students
  • Emilie McLarnan, Associate Director, Violence Prevention Programs Office
  • Rachel Norris, OVW Project Director, Women’s Center
  • Andrea Piper-Wentland, Assistant Director, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse
  • Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women’s Center

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:

  • Josh Bailey, Assistant Professor, Movement Sciences (chair)
  • Jeff Baxter, Resident Director, Housing & Residence Life
  • Bryce Blankenship, Faculty Instructor, Dept. of Philosophy & Politics
  • Dan Ewart, VP for Infrastructure
  • Butch Fealy, Associate Director of Competitive and Recreational Sports
  • Keith Hansen, Counseling &Testing Center
  • John Hennrich, Case Manager, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Sean McIlraith, Administrative Coordinator, Dept. of Athletics
  • Nick O’Neal, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Bart Sonnenberg, Director, Tutoring and Academic Success
  • Mark Sowa, Head Swim & Dive Coach

This subcommittee conducts an ongoing inventory and assessment of existing prevention training to determine gaps for specific student populations, identifying culturally responsive and accessible strategies for broader implementation of educational programs for all students, staff, faculty and community members. This group recommends and assists in the development and implementation of programming adjustments, adaptations or innovations to correspond to participants’ needs.

Members include:

  • Sierra Brantz, Associated Students of the University of Idaho
  • Dana Brolley, Director, International Services
  • Erin Chapman, Associate Clinical Professor of Family & Consumer Sciences & Human Sexuality and representative, Faculty Senate
  • James Fry, Chief of Police, Moscow Police Department
  • Julia Keleher, Director, LGBTQA Office (chair)
  • Emilie McLarnan, Associate Director, Violence Prevention Programs Office
  • Laura Smythe, University Ombuds
  • Emily Tuschhoff, Director of Health Promotion

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:

  • Erin Agidius, Title IX Coordinator and Director, Office of Civil Rights & Investigations (co-chair)
  • Cari Fealy, Associate Dean of Students (co-chair)
  • Leonard Johnson, Navy ROTC
  • Shane Keen, Clery Compliance Officer, Office of Public Safety & Security
  • Jesse Martinez, Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Bronte Sone, representative, Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA)

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:

  • Yolanda Bisbee, Chief Diversity Officer & Executive Director of Tribal Relations
  • Krista Gray, Director of Student-Athlete Support Services, Dept. of Athletics
  • Corey Ray, Associate Director, Housing & Residence Life
  • Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women’s Center
  • Brian Walker, University Communications & Marketing

Through a trauma-informed lens, this subcommittee reviews existing services for and responses to victims and survivors, to identify current strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Members include:

  • Tim Besst, Deputy Sheriff, Latah County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kris Bragg, Officer, Moscow Police Department, Campus Division
  • Omni Francetich, representative, Staff Council
  • Jessica Long, Coordinator, Legal Aid Clinic
  • Maureen Marchant, Counseling & Testing Center
  • Andrea Piper-Wentland, Assistant Director, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (chair)
  • Sydel Samuels, Director, Native American Student Center
  • Karla Neumann Smiley, The Center (faith-based resource center)
  • Amy Taylor, Center for Disability Access and Resources
  • Haley Thoreson, representative, Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA)

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