Colleges from the Region Gather to Discuss Gender-Based Violence
Next week, faculty, staff and students from over 80 colleges and universities from the surrounding region will gather for an educational summit at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) about how they can reduce gender-based violence. Recently, numerous colleges and universities across the U.S. have come under fire for the way they respond to sexual assault, dating violence and stalking on their campus. This outcry is coming from the White House, members of Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, as well as from victims and their families.
The Heartland Campus Safety Summit, scheduled for November 12th-13th, was developed by Jana’s Campaign Inc. in partnership with JCCC. The purpose of the Summit is to help college personnel better prevent and respond to gender-based violence on their campuses. National experts will provide the latest information on these issues and participants will be asked to share their own best practices. Workshops will focus on prevention activities including the use of technology and bystander intervention strategies. The Summit will also discuss the appropriate policies and protocols needed to meet federal Title IX requirements.
Last year, the first Heartland Campus Safety Summit was held on the campus of University of Missouri-Kansas City, with 42 schools participating. “We are excited that more schools here in the Midwest have responded and will be attending this year’s Summit,” says Curt Brungardt, President of Jana’s Campaign. “It is our hope that this educational program will help college campuses create a culture where gender-based violence will not be tolerated.” This year, colleges from the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas will be participating. The 2014 Summit is sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation and Verizon Wireless of Kansas and Missouri.
Jana’s Campaign is an 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.
For more information, please visit http://www.heartlandsummit.org/