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UI Women’s Center Awarded Nearly $300,000 for Violence Prevention Program

October 10, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women has awarded the Women’s Center at the University of Idaho $298,466 to fund the Campus Violence Prevention Project.

The grant award will fund an effort to engage the campus, community and statewide organizations in developing and implementing culturally competent, community responsive prevention education programming and victim services at UI. The project will have a special outreach emphasis to students from diverse and multicultural backgrounds.

“We are pleased and excited to have this grant award back on our campus as we expand our services by not only targeting our diverse student populations but intentionally addressing violence prevention across our campus,” said Yolanda Bisbee, UI’s chief diversity officer. The University of Idaho’s Violence Prevention Programs office was previously awarded the Campus Violence Prevention grant in 2002-04, 2004-06, and 2006-09.

“The grant’s focus this cycle on developing outreach and education programming specifically for diverse student populations was the impetus for us to apply,” said Lysa Salsbury, director of the UI Women’s Center. “As a core office within the Diversity & Human Rights unit, we couldn’t pass up the chance to obtain funding to develop accessible, culturally relevant, survivor-centered advocacy services and educational opportunities for our students.”

Among the goals of the project is the adaptation of existing campus violence prevention programs to promote and ensure inclusion of UI’s diverse and underserved student populations, including LGBTQA and Native American students, as well as international and multicultural students.

“We’re very excited to work even more closely with our diversity colleagues across campus, as well as with community partners such as Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, and state organizations like the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs,” Salsbury said. “Our goal is to create educational programming and services that will start to break down some of the cultural barriers and taboos that exist for students in reporting and seeking support resources for sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.”

The project also aims to provide staff and faculty with further training on awareness of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, as well as cultural competence workshops and sensitivity training for employees.

Developing and implementing the program is a multi-year effort, with a goal of having programs in place and fully operational by 2019.

Media Contact:
Lysa Salsbury
Director, UI Women’s Center
208-885-8959
lsalsbur@uidaho.edu

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