As professionals in the field of higher education, we spend meaningful time considering ways to improve student success. Often hidden behind these numbers are questions about why students fall short of reaching their full potential. The answer is never simple. But those who work with survivors of sexual misconduct know: experiencing violence can and often does have significant negative implications for student success.
When we exercise our capacity to remove the barriers that emerge in the aftermath of sexual violence, we are making a commitment to student success. Perhaps more importantly, seeking to prevent violence from occurring in the first place – primary prevention – has the possibility of transforming our communities. This impact is felt by faculty, staff, students and even those in the communities surrounding our campuses. In addition to myriad laws that require prevention efforts, it is this potential for community impact that compels institutions of higher education to dedicate time to thinking about sexual violence prevention.
As those who make decisions about sexual violence prevention programming, we often have to answer the “why” behind the “what.” The 2020 NASPA Strategies Conferences can help provide this context through its content and programming: What trends are we seeing in the field? What is driving the development of new programs? What does the research say about where to invest our institutional resources? It is in the act of answering these questions that practitioners will find the inspiration for their next sexual violence prevention programming efforts.
As part of a larger conference, the 2020 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference will provide participants with the opportunity to engage with colleagues on these and many more important topics. The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Planning Committee invites attendees to contribute their expertise as they engage in this critical work.
A huge thank you to our volunteer 2020 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Strategies Conference planning committee. Without this group of folks, this conference would not be possible.