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Overland Park, KS – Faculty, staff and students from more than 90 colleges, universities and community organizations gathered at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) on November 3 and 4 to learn how they can better reduce and respond to gender and relationship violence on their campuses. More than 285 attendees from 12 states participated in the third annual Heartland Campus Safety Summit hosted by Jana’s Campaign, Inc. and JCCC. These schools represent a total enrollment of 506,774 students. Over the past three years, the Summit has hosted more than 750 attendees from 123 institutions in 12 states.
“The Heartland Campus Safety Summit was designed as a regional, affordable way for colleges and universities to learn about preventing and responding to gender and relationship violence, as well as to share knowledge, ideas and best practices,” said Kelley Parker, Executive Director of Jana’s Campaign. “We are thrilled to have such broad representation from across the region and across the country. By working together, we can make our college and university campuses safer for all students.”
Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, co-founders of End Rape of Campus, presented a motivating keynote presentation on the importance of student advocacy on campus. Dr. Debbie Wilson, Associate Athletic Director at George Mason University, led the lunch keynote focused on the role athletics programs play in campus safety. National experts also led sessions with the latest information on prevention programming, climate surveys, student activism, and guidance on fulfilling Title IX and Clery Act requirements. The summit was generously sponsored by a HopeLine grant from Verizon Wireless of Kansas and Missouri.
Jana’s Campaign is a Hays, KS-based national education 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.
Jana’s Campaign is excited to announce that Kelley Parker, formerly the organization’s Associate Director, has been hired as the new Executive Director, effective October 4.
“Hiring an executive director was one of our priorities as a board because of the incredible rate at which we are expanding, both in Kansas and Colorado and throughout the country,” says board President Heather Lambert. “Kelley has already proven to be an invaluable asset to our team, and we are confident she has what it takes to take us to the next level”.
Parker holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University and has spent her career working with nonprofit organizations. She has been involved with Jana’s Campaign since its inception in 2009, serving as a member and officer of the Board of Directors before joining the staff in 2014. “I am thrilled and humbled to lead this organization into its next phase,” Parker said. “The prevention work that we are doing in secondary schools, colleges and universities, and in communities is truly making an impact in Kansas, Colorado, and beyond.”
Parker will be leading Jana’s Campaign from a new branch office in Colorado Springs, while the organization’s headquarters will remain in Hays, KS.
Jana’s Campaign is a national education and gender violence prevention organization located in Hays, Kansas. Jana’s Campaign was created in honor of Jana Mackey who lost her life to domestic violence in 2008. Mackey, a Hays High School graduate, was a second-year law student at the University of Kansas and had spent years herself volunteering and helping victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Lawrence.
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.
Dr. Heather Reeson Lambert of Lincoln, Nebraska has recently been elected as president of Jana’s Campaign board of directors. Jana’s Campaign is a Hays (KS) based, national education and gender violence prevention organization created in honor of Jana Mackey, who lost her life to domestic violence in 2008. Mackey graduated from Hays High School in 2000. Working with middle and high schools, colleges and universities, and community-based organizations, Jana’s Campaign provides specialized educational programs designed to prevent gender and relationship violence.
Lambert is a professor of psychology at Doane College (NE) and is past president of the HOPE Crisis Center board of directors in Nebraska. HOPE provides services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims in southeast Nebraska. “I am honored to serve as the next president of the board of directors of Jana’s Campaign. This organization has tremendous impact, and it is so impressive to see the magnitude of its programs and activities. In the past several years, Jana’s Campaign has moved from a regional to a national organization and is playing a significant role in addressing gender and relationship violence. I am excited to continue working with the dedicated staff and board of Jana’s Campaign to continue this important work.”
“Heather has been with us since we started Jana’s Campaign”, says Christie Brungardt, Jana’s mother and board member. “She is highly skilled and knowledgeable about this field, but most importantly, she is passionate about ending gender and relationship violence”.
Dr. Curt Brungardt, Jana’s step-father and past board president, has stepped down from the board and is now serving as a volunteer staff member with Jana’s Campaign. Other officers elected include Vice President Michelle McCormick of Topeka, KS; Treasurer Christie Brungardt of Hays, KS; and Secretary Jessie Zhai of Beijing, China.
The June 2015 Jana's Campaign newsletter is now available here.
We are excited to offer a special “Jana’s Campaign” edition of the popular Pura Vida bracelets to our supporters as a way to raise awareness of our work to prevent gender-based violence. Created in honor of Jana Mackey, each color in the bracelet represents an aspect of our organization. The purple string stands for domestic violence, black is lives lost, grey represents a campaign of action and gold symbolizes a light of hope. We would like to extend a special thank you to Carol Tyner, owner of Saturday Morning Boutique in Council Grove, Kansas for starting this project by designing and selling these bracelets in her store! Get your bracelet today at one of these stores:
Hays, KS– Jana’s Campaign is happy to announce that the Hays, Kansas-based national education and gender violence prevention organization has received a two-year $50,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. “Resources will be used to expand our ‘Love Doesn’t Hurt’ teen dating violence prevention program across Kansas,” says Christie Brungardt, co-founder. “Specifically, this grant will support a new and exciting effort to impact high school students throughout the state of Kansas through a partnership with the Kansas Department of Education.”
In partnership with Kansas Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teachers and Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) advisors, Jana’s Campaign has created an educational experience that includes both curricular and co-curricular activities to create lasting school and community impact. Through this educational approach, students are able to not only understand the issue, but take steps to prevent and respond to teen dating violence in their communities.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation generously funds programs and activities that support health improvement, health care access, health education, healthy behaviors and prevention initiatives in 103 Kansas counties. Gender-based violence is a public health issue affecting women and men throughout Kansas and across the country every day.
The ultimate goal of the ‘Love Doesn’t Hurt’ teen gender violence prevention program is to help adolescents and young adults recognize and understand the difference between caring, supporting relationships and those that are controlling, manipulating or abusive. Because unhealthy relationships typically start during adolescence and then worsen in severity, early intervention is key. Jana’s Campaign is looking forward to making a difference for young Kansans through this generous grant.
Jana’s Campaign is excited to report that our partnership with nationally-recognized Futures Without Violence, Inc. will be expanding. Futures Without Violence, based in San Francisco, CA, has awarded Jana’s Campaign a $5,000 grant to provide additional trainings to middle and high school athletic coaches on the program Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM). This is a national program that trains athletic coaches to use their influence to help high school male student athletes to build healthy relationships and prevent sexual and dating violence.
Over the past two years, Jana’s Campaign has conducted Coaching Boys Into Men trainings primarily for northwest Kansas schools. This grant will allow us to broaden our scope statewide in 2015 by hosting training sessions in Wichita, Salina, and Girard. For more information on these trainings, see this link. Working with the state’s educational service centers, this new training opportunity will reach dozens of new coaches. It is our hope that, by working closely with coaches and young male athletes, we will not only make in impact on teen dating violence in Kansas but will sustain that impact for years to come.