Monday, April 1, 2013

Speak Up, Stand Up, Show Up: Promoting a Safe Campus Culture

Lexie Generous

The College of St. Scholastica has recently obtained a New Grant for Violence Prevention and Intervention. This grant works to address gender equity and create a community coordinated response (CCR) for issues related to sexual assault. The initiative will provide a safe space for victims to heal and a place for open dialogue. Through the revision and development of procedures and protocols as well as increased training and programming for faculty, staff, and students, the grant will engage our community and create a healthier, safer campus. Lexie Generous, the safe campus intervention coordinator at CSS, is proud to champion this grant and get it moving on campus. According to Lexie, it is time for CSS to create a community that says, "I don't stand for violence, and here is what I'm going to do about it!" Here are a few ways in which you can support these issues:

1. Being Bold and Benedictine. The Benedictine values speak volumes to ways to promote a safer and equitable campus.

2. Being open and creating space for meaningful dialogue.

3. By supporting and following through in their role in implementing and following the policies and procedures set forth to support students who have been subject to violence.

4. By seeing their role in promoting gender equity and understanding how they may not be promoting gender equity.

5. Being aware and informed about violence against women and gender equity. Ways to do this would include: Attending training's, workshops, conferences, events, and discussions, joining the Community Coordinated Response, becoming a member of the Sexual Assault Investigations Team or Sexual Assault Support Team, and encouraging students to be aware, informed, and involved.

6. Being a mentor and educator to students; leading by example.

7. By speaking up and taking a stand about inequities and violence.