UM to Host Sexual Violence Prevention Summit

September 04, 2015

MISSOULA – The Not in Our State Sexual Assault Statewide Summit will take place Sunday through Tuesday, Nov. 8-10, at the University of Montana. The fourth annual summit will bring together students, higher education leaders and community professionals to learn best practices surrounding interpersonal and sexual violence prevention and advocacy. 

Members of Montana universities and their surrounding communities will learn how to empower survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence and create an oppression-free campus climate. Attendees will learn how to provide a safe, supportive campus and community through education and primary prevention initiatives.

The summit will include keynote and concurrent sessions. Participants can register online at http://www.umt.edu/vpsa/events/NotInOurStateSexualAssaultSummit/default.php. The summit costs $65 for nonstudents and is free to students. It includes breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday. 

The NIOS planning committee is accepting proposals from individuals and organizations interested in presenting an educational session at the summit. Organizers are looking for new and innovative approaches that campuses and communities are using to prevent sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence, and to educate and raise awareness of this public health concern facing university campuses.

Proposal topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Research projects and outcomes regarding campus assault prevention, climate surveys or bystander intervention program effectiveness.
  • Training programs for prevention and education.
  • Student-focused programming/peer-education training strategies.
  • Social norm changes surrounding reduction of rape culture and interpersonal violence.
  • Title IX strategies and outreach.
  • Campus citizenship education, Title IX and other rights and responsibilities, student model code, and campus judicial and disciplinary options.
  • Successful collaborations between campus and community law enforcement organizations.
  • Integrating intersectionality and gender neutrality in campus assault prevention practices.
  • Campus and community advocacy outreach and programming strategies.

Proposals are due Monday, Sept. 14, and can be submitted online at http://www.umt.edu/vpsa/events/NotInOurStateSexualAssaultSummit/sessionproposals1.php Accepted applicants will be notified by Oct. 1.

For more information email Kim Brown Campbell, campus assault prevention coordinator, at kim.browncampbell@mso.umt.edu

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Contact: Kim Brown Campbell, campus assault prevention coordinator, 406-243-4104, kim.browncampbell@mso.umt.edu.