The National Gender Violence Curriculum Infusion Repository

A Proposal

The National Gender Violence Curriculum Infusion Repository

Program Overview and Issue Description

It is clear that higher education’s role in preventing and responding to gender and partner violence is paramount. As a consortium of faculty members and gender-based violence experts, we believe American colleges and universities hold two important responsibilities. First, they must improve their prevention and response efforts to dating and sexual violence on their respective campuses. Secondly, and equally important, higher education must be mobilized to play a more active role in using their resources and assets to reduce gender and partner violence in the communities and states in which they reside. This proposal calls for a program that will encourage and assist colleges and universities to live up to both of these responsibilities.

The National Gender Violence Curriculum Infusion Repository is designed to serve as a vehicle to encourage and develop networks and link gender-based violence experts with faculty members and the academic communities from our colleges and universities. The purpose of this linkage is to provide incentives, knowledge, and the skills necessary for faculty members to infuse gender violence education and prevention curriculum into their academic programs. With a few exceptions, this important subject matter is absent from most American undergraduate and graduate degree programs. From our research, it is clear that colleges and universities care about these critical issues, but few of them actively engage in offering coursework dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Simply, as students graduate from our colleges and universities and enter professions that directly, or indirectly, involve violence prevention and intervention, many lack appropriate preparation for working in those fields. While there are pockets of schools and scholars doing great work in this area, the practice of integrating within the classroom is not widespread.

Critical policy revisions and assessment are occurring in higher education across the nation which have tremendous implications for addressing the epidemic of gender violence on our college campuses. While these are essential components of changing the landscape of the educational experiences for our students, it is also imperative that higher education provides a transformational experience inside the classroom so that we are producing future generations of students who will graduate with a greater understanding of how gender violence can be understood and addressed through multiple disciplines.  We believe academic disciplines such as law, social work, counseling, criminal justice, medicine, teacher education, and others would greatly benefit from the integration of a gender-based violence component into their coursework, and would better prepare their graduates to work in these fields.

Program Components

The National Gender Violence Curriculum Infusion Repository is an online inventory and repository that collects, organizes, stores and shares gender-based violence prevention and intervention subject content for the purpose of assisting collegiate academic leaders infusing this critical subject matter into their academic programming. The Repository serves as a conduit linking research and evidence-based gender and partner violence materials with faculty members wanting to add such material into an existing course, to develop a new course, or even a series of courses in a specialized concentration. This includes researching and collecting appropriate materials from sources both inside and outside of the academy; organizing, filtering and storing this information in a user-friendly format; and encouraging academic leaders to participate and sharing the subject matter materials. Program components include:

  1. Collection of current gender-based violence curriculum into a comprehensive annotated bibliography and repository
    1. To include research, identifying appropriate materials, obtaining permission to collect and implement curriculum and materials.
    2. Repository would house materials such as syllabi, course descriptions, learning outcomes, pedagogical strategies (including service-learning), textbooks, as well as information on integration into certificate, major and minor programs.
    3. Produce a comprehensive annotated bibliography of similar curriculum infusion projects in other areas (as previously mentioned, there have been many efforts in areas such as alcohol and substance use) giving particular attention to a.) how curriculum infusion efforts were achieved across multiple disciplines and b.) how curriculum infusion efforts were shared outside of an institution.
  2. Organization and storage of materials
    1. To include updating materials, categorizing and cataloging materials, and storing them in an easily accessible way.
  3. Provide information and support to colleges and universities around the country
    1. To include providing curriculum and teaching materials, as well as sharing effective strategies and techniques.
    2. To include providing assistance to teachers developing and/or implementing curriculum into their coursework.
    3. To include hosting academic discipline-specific meetings to share best practices for integrating gender-based violence into coursework.

Resources Needs

To implement this program effectively, a number of resources are needed, including legal services, research support, and web and IT support.  To be fully functional on a national scale, we will also need marketing services to provide educators and institutions of higher education with knowledge of the project, as well as staff assistance to provide curriculum development and implementation support to teachers.

  1. Produce a comprehensive annotated bibliography of gender violence curriculum infusion efforts to date.
  2. Produce a comprehensive annotated bibliography of similar curriculum infusion projects in other areas (as previously mentioned, there have been many efforts in areas such as alcohol and substance use) giving particular attention to a.) how curriculum infusion efforts were achieved across multiple disciplines and b.) how curriculum infusion efforts were shared outside of an institution.

Results and Benefits

Planning Team

Christie Brungardt, Ph.D. – Jana’s Campaign, Inc., Fort Hays State University (Kan)

Curt Brungardt, Ph.D. – Jana’s Campaign, Inc., Fort Hays State University (Kan)

Heather Lambert, Ph.D. – Jana’s Campaign, Inc., Doane College (Neb)

Michael Flemming, Ph.D. – University of Northern Iowa

Annette Lynch, Ph.D. – University of Northern Iowa

Amy Kiger – University of Central Missouri

Kim Vansell – National Center for Campus Public Safety, University of Vermont

Elizabeth Landau, J.D. – Jana’s Campaign, Inc., Washington, D.C.

 

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