2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference

January 18 – January 20, 2018
Portland, OR

The 2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference focuses on giving student affairs practitioners the tools to effectively prevent and respond to both sexual and relationship violence on campus through a variety of innovative approaches. This conference is part of the NASPA Strategies Conferences, which include the 2018 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference, the 2018 NASPA Mental Health Conference, and the 2018 NASPA Well-Being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference.

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The continued national focus on campus sexual and relationship violence and institutional efforts to prevent and respond to such violence highlight the need for a conference specific to the strategies for use by professionals at institutions of higher education. Sexual assault and relationship violence cause immeasurable harms to students, including their abilities to persist in their academic endeavors, increased feelings of loneliness and isolation, and serious mental health concerns. There are a growing number of Student Affairs professionals whose roles involve prevention of and response to sexual and relationship violence on campus, including Title IX Coordinators, Deans of Students, Student Conduct personnel, prevention educators, advocates and hearing board members who may come from across the institution. This conference is the premier opportunity for professionals in these roles to come together and explore promising practices and innovative efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and relationship violence in the higher education community.  

Learning Objectives

Attend this conference to:

  • identify best practices for developing and/or revising comprehensive campus sexual assault policies; understand the latest federal and state legislative policy updates that impact sexual violence on campus and evaluate best practices for compliance, implementation, and evaluation
  • identify strategies to implement sustainable evidence-based practices to prevent and address violence; develop strategic plans for building, funding and assessing prevention and response programs on campus
  • learn how to build stronger relationships between campuses and community service providers; increase communication and buy-in from campus and community stakeholders regarding sexual violence prevention and response
  • discover and compare strategies to implement and increase prevention programming and improve campus response to violence and victims
  • explore ways in which violence prevention intersects with both mental health and substance abuse on campus to develop and enhance prevention, intervention and response
  • examine institutional systems and structures that contribute to the prevalence of violence; and explore social justice practices that foster more welcoming and inclusive campus communities

New! The Office on Violence Against Women has approved the 2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response conference for OVW grantees.  Grantees are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued.  A GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference. 

Grantees from TSAP and STOP may be invited to attend this conference and do not have to contact their program manager for prior approval.  STOP grantees need approval from their STOP State Administrator. Grantees who are not required to get prior approval to attend this conference should be advised to place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval reference number.  The reference number for this conference is OVW-2018-MU-010. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their “memo to the file”.  

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This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886679822-2809) for 12 continuing education contact hours.

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If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor at tgillmor@naspa.org.


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Call for Programs

The Call for Programs is closed. Thank you for your submissions!

The conference planning committee encourages program proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses. The outline/description should be lengthy enough to give the reviewers an understanding of your program session. It should also address the following points:

  • Goals of presentation.
  • Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  • Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, debate) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  • Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Promising Practices in Compliance and Implementation of State and Federal Legislation

    • What have been your institution’s greatest successes in implementing the requirements of Title IX, the Clery Act, and other state legislation?
    • What is your campus doing to meet changing state policies for guns on campus?
    • What systems or personnel are in place to help your campus identifying forthcoming legislation at the federal and state level that will impact your campus prevention and response efforts?
    • How has your institution strengthened relationships with state agencies or organizations with oversight for compliance with state legislation?

  • Evidence-Based Practices to Prevent and Address Violence

    • What methods are you using to collect data for reporting on violence? How are you using this data to evaluate and improve programs?
    • How are you measuring the impact of mandatory prevention programs for incoming students, training for professional staff and bystander intervention programs on your campus?
    • How do you utilize federal or state level reporting requirements to improve or alter your prevention programs on campus?
    • Has your campus conducted a climate survey? How were the results used? What lessons were learned as a result of that process?

  • Campus and Community Partnerships

    • What tools are you developing or utilizing to streamline communication and collaboration between campus and community partners?
    • What steps are you taking to increase collaboration between campus and the community to address violence?
    • In what formal capacities (beyond MOUs) are community partners regularly involved in your institution’s prevention and response efforts?
    • In what ways do you share your processes, protocols and incident rates with non-campus stakeholder to increase transparency?

  • Sexual Violence Response Programs

    • What protocols have you developed to respond to incidents of violence, provide timely notification, and manage traumatic events?
    • How do you balance your resources among prevention, intervention and crisis response? 
    • What innovative ways are you using to create or strengthen response systems on your campus? How are you assessing students’ awareness of campus policies, and campus and community resources?
    • What innovative strategies do you have to support students impacted by interpersonal violence over the long-term?

  • Systemic and Social Justice Approaches to Prevention

    • How are you implementing inclusive prevention strategies?
    • How has your campus responded to student activism to decrease violence on campus?
    • How is social justice incorporated into your prevention education?
    • How is your institution identifying and addressing rape culture on your campus? How are you working to address societal norms and systems that perpetuate unhealthy attitudes and behaviors within particular populations on campus? other drug problems who are involved with interpersonal violence cases?
    • What programs are used on your campus to treat and support students with multiple mental health, alcohol and

  • Strategic Planning and Assessment of Prevention and Response Programs

    • How do you use data to evaluate and/or guide decision making for campus infrastructure and policy?
    • How does your campus assess that investigations of reported sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking are adequate, prompt, reliable, and impartial?
    • How are you measuring the effectiveness of updated policies, protocols and procedures for sexual violence response?
    • How do your institution’s violence prevention and response efforts fit into the Division of Student Affairs strategic plan and the institution’s strategic plan? What data informs this strategic plan and how is it evaluated?

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

Submission Timeline
  • April 28, 2017
    Call for Programs Opens
  • September 15, 2017
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • October 6, 2017
    Presenter Notifications
  • October 13, 2017
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference.

Jill Dunlap
Director for Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice
Phone: 202-719-1196
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The 2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference occurs at the same place and time as the 2018 NASPA Mental Health Conference, the 2018 Well-Being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference and the 2018 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conferences. Participants can attend sessions from any of the conferences. To view the full NASPA Strategies Conferences schedule, click here.

Thu, Jan 18

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-conference Workshops
Assessment strategies: Planning and implementing an outcome evaluation of in-person bystander intervention programs
Coral Cotto-Negrón, - Oregon State University
From Collaboration to Commitment: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Addressing Sexual Misconduct on Campus
Pam Rayburn, coordinator, women's and gender equity center - California State University Long Beach (CSU Long Beach)
Using Research to Understand and Prevent the Perpetration of Campus Sexual Misconduct
Joan Tabachnick, DOJ SMART Office; Meg Bossong, Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Williams College
1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hours (optional)
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Conference Welcome and Opening Panel
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
From Crisis to Confidence: Rebuilding a Survivor Advocacy Program
Kimberly Castor, director, Survivor Advocacy Program - Ohio University
Sexual Education and the International Experience
Christa Ovenell, principal and director - Fraser International College
Teaching Good Sex: A Method for Violence Prevention
Meg Foster, prevention program coordinator - The Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
It's On Us: Acting on the HEDS Sexual Assault Survey Data
Erin Buenzli, director of wellness and recreation - Lawrence University
Providing Equitable Support to Respondents: Respondent Services at the University of California
Becca Lopez, assistant director, student affairs case management - University of California Berkeley
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dialogue for Transformation: Three Campus’ Approaches to Engaging Men and Masculine Folks
Dustin Struble, prevention educator - University of Kansas
Partners in Prevention: How a Victim Advocacy Center and a Title IX Office Learned to Love Each Other (consensually, of course)
Sarah Berg, deputy Title IX coordinator - University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Connecting Self-Care and Supervision to Reduce the Risk of Trauma-Related Stress
Jolene Broshious, support coordinator - The Ohio State University
Peer Power: Lessons learned from creating a peer advocacy program at UT-Austin
Kelly Soucy, assistant director, student emergency services - The University of Texas - Austin
Title IX for Mandated Reporters: Navigating Privacy without Confidentiality
Jennifer Henkle, assistant director, community of concern - University of Kentucky
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception and Poster Sessions
Campus sexual assault prevention: Improvements and challenges in measuring bystander intervention behavior
Jill Hoxmeier, assistant professor - Central Washington University
“She wasn’t resisting”: Students’ barriers to intervening in sexual assault risk situations
Jill Hoxmeier, assistant professor - Central Washington University

Fri, Jan 19

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hours
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
A Lot with a Little: Sexual Violence Prevention Programming on Small Campuses
Michael Blackman, director of student conflict resolution - School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Debbie Martin, dean of Student Life of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Creating a Campus-Based SART
Jill Dunlap, director for equity, inclusion, and violence prevention - NASPA
Many Hands Make for Light Work: A Systematic Approach to Bystander Intervention
Benjamin Bradley, program manager, Dartmouth bystander initiative - Dartmouth College
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Plenary Speaker: Fatima Goss Graves
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Allies not Adversaries: Title IX and Victim Advocacy Working Together
Jennifer Broomfield, Title IX officer and OPHD director - UC San Diego
Applying an Intersectional Lens to Campus Sexual Violence Prevention and Response
Allison Tombros Korman, senior director, culture of respect - NASPA
New York State’s Enough is Enough Program: Addressing Sexual Violence on Campus
Lynn Baniak, director of campus sexual assault prevention - New York State Department of Health
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Conference Break
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
A Slice of Prevention PIE: Positive, Inclusive, Empowering Violence Prevention Programming
Jessica Heredia, assistant director, care at the sexual assault resource center - University of California San Diego
It Takes a Village...
Judy Neighbours, director of survivor advocacy and resource center - Oregon State University
Reframing the Conversation: Fraternity Men and Sexual Violence
Hannah Retzkin, sexual and relationship violence prevention specialist - DePaul University
Sexual Violence Prevention and Marketing: Building Effective Campus Partnerships
Andrew McDaniel, client relations specialist, student affairs marketing and communications - University of California - Davis
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
Keeping the Climate Study Data and Other Reports Off-the-Shelf: How to Use Data to Inform Prevention Strategies.
Jane Stapleton, executive director of practice - Prevention Innovations Research Center University of New Hampshire
Situational Prevention: A New Approach To Comprehensive Campus Sexual Violence Prevention
David Lee, director of prevention - California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
It's Not You, It's Me: Accepting Responsibility for the Harm We Cause
Alicia Oeser, director, CARE program - UCLA
Opening and Unpacking the ACHA’s Toolkit on Addressing Sexual and Relationship Violence
Jennifer Jacobsen, director of wellness and prevention and Title IX deputy for prevention - Grinnell College
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable: Understanding and Managing Resistance
Joli Ienuso, violence prevention educator - Columbia University
Working Together: Campus and Community Partnerships to Prevent Sexual Violence
Karla Vierthaler, advocacy and resources director - National Sexual Violence Resource Center
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Concurrent Session
13 Ways it could have been different: A Student Affairs response to the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why
Jody Owens, residence hall director - Stony Brook University
Campus Advocacy: From Assessment to Impact
Carrie Wachter, assistant director of sexual violence response services and advocacy - Northwestern University
Prevention in Intact Communities: Engaging Graduate Students in Sexual Violence Prevention Education
Khirin Carter, graduate prevention program manager - University of California  Berkeley  

Sat, Jan 20

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hours (optional)
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Conference Closing and Plenary Speaker
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
A PhotoVoice project on consent within (a)gender and (a)sexuality diverse student populations
Stephanie McClure, director - Weber State University
Institutionalizing a Culture of Consent and Comprehensive Sexual Assault Prevention Programming
Maya Vizvary, sexual assault prevention coordinator - American University
Residential Response Assessment: Trauma Informed Care
Julia Vizcaino, residence coordinator - University of Alaska
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Addressing Alcohol's Role in Sexual Assault on Campus Across the Social Ecology
Rebecca Woofter, MPH candidate - Washington University in St. Louis
Doing More with Less: Implementing a Sexual Violence Peer Education Program with a Limited Budget
Samantha Quinn, director of community standards - Albertus Magnus College
Ethics, Values, and Boundaries: Navigating the Complex Work of Campus Advocacy
Jen Luettel Schweer, associate director, health education services and director, sexual assault response and prevention services - Georgetown University
Shifting Culture: Reflections on the Pilot Year of the Student Civility Program
Natalie Fiato, sexual violence prevention coordinator - The Ohio State University

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Pre-conference workshops for the 2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference are listed below. There is an additional registration fee to attend pre-conference workshops, and they may be added to your conference registration at any time.

Assessment strategies: Planning and implementing an outcome evaluation of in-person bystander intervention programs

Thursday, January 18th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Bystander intervention programs are a promising strategy to reduce victimization, by engaging the community in sexual violence prevention efforts. While there have been countless bystander programs developed in recent years, few have been rigorously evaluated to (1) determine effectiveness at increasing bystander behaviors and (2) identify the intervention components necessary for success. The purpose of this program is to share effective strategies for evaluating in-person bystander intervention programs, using Oregon State University's experience as a case study.

From Collaboration to Commitment: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Addressing Sexual Misconduct on Campus

Thursday, January 18th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Presentation highlights factors in the successful collaboration between California State University, Long Beach and YWCA-Greater LA Sexual Assault Crisis Services. It identifies challenges to implementing campus partnerships with SA/DV agencies. In small groups, participants will identify ways to enhance campus relationships with SA/DV agencies and with campus/local law enfocement, and pinpoint service gaps that local agencies may fill. This session is for Student Affairs professionals seeking to initiate, or further develop, relationships with SA/DV agencies and campus law enforcement.

Using Research to Understand and Prevent the Perpetration of Campus Sexual Misconduct

Thursday, January 18th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Most programs addressing sexual misconduct on college and university campuses are designed to improve responses to people who have been victimized and, more recently, increase bystander engagement. Building upon what is known about adult and adolescent sex offenders — those who commit sexual assault — this workshop will focus on emerging prevention innovations that can help reduce the perpetration of sexual violence.


Registration is currently closed. Due to overwhelming interest in the conference, we have closed registration and begun a wait list. You can register for the wait list through the regular registration process below by clicking "Register Online." Names on the wait list will be held in the event of any cancellations. You will be contacted no later than December 27 with an update to your wait list status.

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.  If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration.  Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration
07/01/2017 to 11/01/2017
Regular Registration
11/02/2017 to 12/15/2017
Late Registration
after 12/15/2017
NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member
Pre-conference Workshops


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Membership Coordinator
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Phone: 202-265-7500 ext.1183


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Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by November 3, 2017, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is November 3, 2017, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to refund@naspa.org. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to refund@naspa.org.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to events@naspa.org.


If you would like to exhibit or sponsor at the 2018 Strategies Conference, please fill out the exhibitor application form and fax or email the completed application to 202-204-8443 or e-mail kjerde@naspa.org by December 8, 2017. Questions? Contact Kristie Jacobsen Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org.

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Hilton Portland

Hilton Portland
Portland, OR

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Portland.

The Hilton Portland is currently sold out of rooms. 

NASPA has secured an overflow block at the Courtyard Portland City Center which is 0.3 miles or approximately a 7 minute walk from the Hilton Portland.

All reservations must be made by Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as hotel blocks tend to sell out for NASPA events. 


Hotel Room Rate/Night
Courtyard Portland City Center
550 SW Oak Steet, Portland, OR 97204
$169 - Single/Double
$169 - Triple/Quad
  • Travel

    Portland is serviced by Portland International Airport (PDX). The Hilton Portland is approximately 10 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    For more information about taxi service, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the PDX website. The estimated taxi fare is $35 one way.

    Rental Cars
    For more information about rental cars, including available companies and contact information, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the PDX website..

    Light Rail
    The MAX Light Rail runs every 15 minutes or better most of the day, every day. The fare is $2.50 for a 2 ½ hour ticket. Simply take the red line at the airport toward City Center & Beaverton and get off at Pioneer Square. The Hilton Portland is about a 2 minute walk from Pioneer Square. For more information regarding the MAX Light Rail, please visit the MAX Red Line page of the MAX Light Rail website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Portland in January are in the high-40s F during the day and mid-30s F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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