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Creating a Student-Centered Response to Sexual Violence: A Campus Conversation

Nov 8, 2013

All members of the Pacific community are invited to come together on Tuesday, Nov. 19, to participate in a campus conversation on the subject of "creating a student-centered response to sexual violence." The event will be held in the DeRosa University Center Ballroom from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and is cosponsored by the Bias Response Team, the Enough Is Enough Campaign, Student-to-Student Healthy Relationships Peer Educators the Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council.

All are invited to participate and learn how we can work together on creating a student-centered response to sexual violence. This session, which coincides with Pacific's annual Keep It Consensual program, will feature guest speaker Sari Lipsett from the California Coalition against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), who will give a presentation on "Beyond Compliance: Creating a Student-Centered Response to Campus Sexual Violence." Her talk will outline best practices being used to address the issue of policy development and response procedure.

Sari LipsettCALCASA provides training and technical assistance to California Rape Crisis Centers and nationally through a program funded by The Office on Violence Against Women with the U.S. Department of Justice. Lipsett has worked throughout Wisconsin and California doing prevention education and programing, survivor advocacy, public policy and grants management. She is passionate about activism around the issues of violence against women and women's empowerment. Pacific's annual Keep It Consensual program is devoted to education, training and awareness-raising around the issues of campus sexual violence.

Following Lipsett's presentation, members of the Pacific community will participate in a facilitated dialogue on the importance of creating a student-centered response to sexual violence and looking beyond compliance when developing campus policies.  

The Campus Conversations Series

This is the first of a Campus Conversations series, which will create a space to continue a dialogue initiated with our September Diversity Retreat, Restoring and Strengthening Our Community.  Several conversations will be scheduled throughout the academic year on topics related to advancing diversity and inclusion, as well as improving the campus climate.

Previous campus conversation events have focused on various campus climate challenges such as issues of race, gender and gender identity and have resulted in the University's ability to identify and implement solutions and appropriate educational responses.  The formal creation of Pacific's Bias Response Team and the increased number of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus are examples of recent actions that have been implemented.

Other Keep It Consensual Events

Projecct UnbreakableThis month's program also features an anti-violence pledge drive organized by the PanHellenic Council and the West Coast debut of Project Unbreakable, a photography exhibit and organization that raises awareness about survivors of sexual assault. The Project Unbreakable presentation will be in the Janet Leigh Theatre at 7 p.m. and there will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the DeRosa University Ballroom prior to the presentation.

For information on the Campus Conversations, email diversity@pacific.edu.