Drs. Curt and Christie Brungardt, professors at Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS) and founders of Jana’s Campaign, Inc. have recently served as guest editors of a special issue for the eJournal of Public Affairs. This unique publication focuses on higher education’s role in preventing and responding to gender-based violence. The eJournal issue includes peer reviewed scholarly manuscripts illustrating the latest assessment data and research in the field and practitioner-based articles focusing on best practices and programming highlights. This online issue also includes multimedia submissions. See the eJournal here.
One of the critical elements of effectively addressing any social issue in our society is the development and utilization of a rich body of knowledge. This is no different in the field of higher education and its efforts to reduce gender violence. “It is our hope and desire that this special issue of the eJournal of Public Affairs will add to this important body of literature. We offer this material to the field to help colleges and universities, victims and survivors, and policy makers better understand the issue and identify effective ways to prevent and respond,” say the Brungardts. “We believe this material brings new ideas, best practices and considerations to this important field.”
The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary open access electronic journal published by Missouri State University. Jana’s Campaign, Inc. is a Hays, Kansas-based national education and gender violence prevention organization created in honor of the Brungardt daughter Jana Mackey.
Hays, KS– Thanks to a $15,000 grant from Verizon Wireless, Jana’s Campaign will once again host the Heartland Campus Safety Summit at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas on November 3-4, 2015. The purpose of this regional and affordable conference is to provide college personnel with practical guidance and knowledge about preventing and responding to sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking. “While American higher education institutions have improved their efforts to prevent gender-based violence on their campuses in recent years, there is still much more work to be done,” says Heather Lambert, board president of Jana’s Campaign. “By offering a regional and affordable conference on these issues, it is our hope that college and university personnel will be better equipped with the knowledge and skills to reduce sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking on their campuses”.
This year’s keynote speakers will focus on the impact of student advocacy and the important role athletics plays in preventing gender-based violence. Summit workshops will focus on prevention programming, effectively responding to incidents of violence, improving campus policy and engaging men.
In 2013, the first Heartland Campus Safety Summit was held on the campus of University of Missouri-Kansas City with 42 schools participating. Last year college and university personnel from 85 institutions attended the summit from the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Registrations are now open for the 2015 summit. To learn more about the conference or to register, visit heartlandsummit.org.
Jana’s Campaign is a national educational and gender violence prevention organization created in honor of the late Jana Mackey of Lawrence, Kansas. Mackey, a 25-year old law student at the University of Kansas was killed by an ex-boyfriend in 2008. HopeLine grants from Verizon Wireless connect survivors of domestic violence to vital resources and funds organizations nationwide. Visit verizonwireless.com/aboutus/hopeline/ for more information.