Prevention Task Force
As part of Carolina’s ongoing engagement with issues of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, we are committed to increasing our focus on prevention. To achieve this, we launched a Task Force in April 2015 to address prevention efforts. This Task Force was charged with developing a five-year strategic plan to reduce gender-based violence by increasing access to prevention initiatives and empowering the community to take responsibility for prevention.
The Task Force, charged by Winston Crisp, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and Felicia Washington, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement, brought faculty, administrators, students, and community members together to gather a wide range of perspectives and expertise. The Task Force met monthly through December 2016 to review best practices and federal requirements, review UNC-Chapel Hill data about the campus climate and current resources, write a prevention philosophy, identify ways to support and expand current prevention initiatives, and provide evidence-supported recommendations for 21 new initiatives to strengthen UNC Chapel Hill’s commitment to prevent gender-based violence. The recommendations from the Task Force are currently under review by leadership in Student Affairs and Workforce, Strategy, Equity and Engagement.
Prevention Task Force Members
- Kelli Raker (Chair), former Coordinator for Violence Prevention Programs, Student Wellness
- Aaron Bachenheimer, Director, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement
- Adrienne Cromwell, Director of Advising, Study Abroad Office
- Alison Spannaus, Associate Director, New Student & Carolina Parent Programs
- Amy Gauthier, former Senior Associate Director,Department of Housing & Residential Education
- Cindy Fraga Rizo, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
- Claire Poindexter & Kaila Eckstein, Co-Chairs, One Act student organization
- Cricket Lane, Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development, Athletics
- Elizabeth Davidson & Anna Taylor, Co-Chairs, Project Dinah
- Emily Burrill, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
- Emily Gaspar, Assistant Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students
- Erin Hamilton, Director of Education Programs, Compass Center for Women and Families
- Jenn Scott, Clery Compliance Coordinator, Department of Public Safety
- Leslie Lerea, former Associate Dean, Student Affairs, The Graduate School
- Manny Hernandez, Graduate and Professional Student Federation representative
- Noreen Esposito, Clinical Associate Professor, Representative from Faculty Council
- Rachel Valentine, Director of Prevention Programs, Orange County Rape Crisis Center
- Sam Green, Vice President of Student Government
- Sharbari Dey, Education Coordinator, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
- Shelley Gist, Coordinator for Student Programs, Carolina Women’s Center
- Terri Phoenix, Director, LGBTQ Center
- Tiffany Bailey, Director, Accessibility, Resources and Service
Thanks to the following former members of the Task Force!
- Anne Zhou, Co-Chair, Project Dinah
- Becky Gunter, Study Abroad Office
- Julia Stroup & Jake Ford, Co-Chairs, One Act Steering Committee
- Linda Chamiec-Case, Director of Education Programs, Compass Center for Women and Families
- Rachel Gogal, Vice President of Student Government
- Shelby Dawkins-Law, Graduate and Professional Student Federation representative
- Kayla Peck, Graduate and Professional Student Federation representative
December 2016 - Final meeting
Before the December 2016 Task Force meeting, members provided feedback on the recommendations electronically.
Chair Kelli Raker combined feedback from Task Force members into a draft for the final meeting. Members reviewed that draft and provided additional comments or questions, and then voted to affirm the recommendations in the report. Task force members also considered which recommendations may be “low hanging fruit” and implemented more quickly. Members finalized their ideas for implementation and evaluation of the recommendations.
Members who were unable to attend the final meeting completed an online survey regarding their final feedback on the report as well as their affirmation for the recommendations.
Fall 2016 - Fine tuning recommendations
In August and September, Task Force members reviewed the drafted recommendations for current and new initiatives, providing feedback and suggestions for improvements. Given the large number of new initiatives, members noted whether they felt the ideas presented were of high importance or low importance. After a large-group discussion about four new initiative ideas, task force members broke up into small groups to continue work on fine-tuning these ideas into a recommendation with a justification as well as year 1 (current year), year 3, and year 5 goals.
Members returned to the October meeting with their ideas for new initiatives. The Task Force repeated the September 2016 meeting process by reviewing the next set of ideas for recommendations and determined if those ideas were high or low importance.
June & July 2016 - Prevention Philosophy
Members began drafting a philosophy of prevention informed by the Socioecological Model and statements of work from other organizations, including the American College Health Association, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug and Violence Prevention. The group also reflected on the unique strengths and challenges associated with prevention efforts on college campuses, such as peer support for behaviors that reduce and support violence, and alcohol consumption. They also continued their work on the groups many recommendations, specifically refining those related to education and training.
May 2016 - Refining Recommendations
Task Force members brought their ideas and research regarding various recommendations to the May 2016 meeting where they shared their progress with the group. Feedback was given on their progress, and members will continue to refine their recommendations in the coming months. During the discussion, members articulated a need for the task force to create a philosophy of prevention that would be used to guide the work of the task force, as well as the work of the broader UNC Chapel Hill community.
April 2016 - Reviewing Recommendations
Between the March and April meetings, the co-chairs met with members of the Task Force who were unable to attend the March meeting to discuss the brainstorming of recommendations. The co-chairs added these recommendations to the list compiled in March. The list includes recommendations that will expand current efforts as well as recommendations for new initiatives.
At the April 2016 meeting, the task force reviewed the recommendations and discussed additional questions or ideas. Then each member of the task force selected one of the recommendations to focus on over the next month. Members will bring back a more refined recommendation, including goals, barriers, resources needed, stakeholders, and justification for the recommendation.
March 2016 - Brainstorming Recommendations
At the March meeting, the task force began the process of crafting recommendations. Members were encouraged to “think big”, but to make sure their recommendations were connected to best practices in sexual violence prevention. Initial recommendations touched on expanding current programming initiatives and developing new ones, research efforts, personnel and policies. After the initial brainstorm session, members had the opportunity to ask questions, expand on one another’s ideas, and make additional recommendations. The process of developing recommendations will continue for the next few months.
February 2016 - Updates from the High-Risk Drinking Working Group
At the February Task Force Meeting, guest speakers Jonathan Sauls, Dean of Students and Dean Blackburn, Associate Dean and Director of Student Wellness, shared the findings and recommendations of the high-risk drinking working group. The group was charged with updating the campus alcohol policy. The new policy will be effective for all students, staff and faculty, and aligns with national best practices around responsible alcohol use. The Prevention Task Force was particularly interested in hearing about sections of the policy dealing with care for students who may have experienced sexual assault or other acts of violence when they were under the influence of alcohol, and recommendations the working group made that intersect with its work. The Policy is expected to be enacted shortly, and more information is available at alcohol.unc.edu.
The task force reviewed the definition of social norms handed out at the December meeting, as well as the notes from the December meeting. Then the members brainstormed faculty norms and hosted a discussion regarding how these norms relate to violence prevention on campus.
October & November 2015 - AAU Campus Climate Survey
The Task Force spent 2 meetings taking an in-depth look at the data from the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. With more than 5,000 responses, the survey provided detailed information about the prevalence of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and interpersonal violence among undergraduate and graduate students. The survey also contained information about students’ experiences when reporting an incident and accessing resources on campus, as well as their experiences as bystanders.
The Task Force identified trends in the data and areas of additional inquiry. The survey will be a key element of crafting recommendations for prevention.
September 2015 - Identifying Risk and Protective Factors
In the first meeting of the fall semester, task force members reflected on prevention activities that took place at the start of the semester before they shared updates about upcoming events and programs. Attendees revisited the research on risk and protective factors from the June 2015 meeting before discussing which factors are present in the UNC-Chapel Hill community. Task force members brainstormed how these factors are present in community norms, programs, and expectations.
At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees were asked to identify sub-populations of the UNC-Chapel Hill community. Before the next meeting, all task force members will be reviewing risk and protective factors and cultural norms within these sub-populations in preparation for in-depth discussion of targeted prevention programming at future meetings.
July 2015 - Reviewing Incidence and Prevalence Data
During the July meeting, members of the task force learned about existing sources of data that provide information about the experiences of students at UNC-Chapel Hill in regard to sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and stalking. The data were presented alongside national data about college students. Task Force members reviewed the data sources and will continue this review as additional data about the campus climate are released.
Additionally, Task Force members shared updates about prevention for the Fall 2015 semester and provided feedback on a campaign about the University’s policy definition of consent under Heels United for a Safe Carolina awareness campaign.
June 2015 - Identifying Current Prevention Strengths and Opportunities
At the June 25 meeting, task force members reviewed the updated inventory of prevention programs and examined the programs and initiatives currently available for specific campus populations, including incoming students, undergraduate students, graduate/professional students, and faculty and staff. Task force members identified strengths and areas of opportunity for each population. Common themes and questions were compiled. This inventory will inform the task force’s future recommendations, as it provides a baseline for what UNC-Chapel Hill is doing well and provides insight into areas for strategic growth.
May 2015 - Creating an Inventory of Prevention Programs
Since the last meeting, co-chairs Jenn Scott and Kelli Raker met individually with members of the task force to create a inventory of prevention programs. The comprehensive list includes events, programs, and initiatives aimed at sexual violence prevention that have taken place over the past two years.
At the May 28 meeting, the task force invited Carolina Alzuru, prevention coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition of Domestic Violence (NCCADV), to speak about best practices in sexual violence prevention. Carolina shared information about NCCADV, what constitutes primary prevention and how it is different from awareness raising and risk reduction. She also discussed the nine principles of prevention, and risk and protective factors for perpetration of sexual and interpersonal violence. Carolina also provided task force members with a public health model for violence prevention which will help guide the task force’s analysis of current prevention efforts.
For more information about the nine principles of effective prevention, please visit the CDC website on Violence Prevention.
April 2015 – Launching the Task Force
The University recently launched a task force that will be focused on an area of paramount importance – sexual assault and interpersonal violence prevention. The task force, which met for the first time on April 8, is expected to meet regularly over the next three years to assess current prevention programs, identify areas for expansion, and make recommendations to expand prevention efforts at Carolina. The task force will begin implementing recommendations throughout the process.
During the first meeting, the students, staff, faculty and community partners who are serving on the task force learned more about the group’s upcoming work. These efforts include reviewing promising practices of primary prevention, programming, and other initiatives across the country. It also includes reviewing data obtained through the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault that was distributed to students at Carolina during April 2015. The group was also asked to envision a campus free from violence and discuss their vision as a group. View a word cloud below from this discussion.
The task force’s work will build upon the strong foundation for prevention programs already in place . These programs include the One Act and One Act for Greeks bystander intervention skills training for students, Raise the Bar prevention training for local bar staff, the UNC Men’s Project, and the recently launched mandatory online Title IX Awareness and Violence Prevention training for all students and employees.
We recognize that community engagement is essential to the success of the task force, including our ability to increase capacity for recommended prevention and education programs. We’ve created this space to provide you with updates on our progress and to seek your feedback, comments, and questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Jenn Scott, Title IX Program Coordinator, Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office
Kelli Raker, Coordinator for Violence Prevention Programs, Student Wellness