September 25th, 2013
By Laura Fosmire
Western Oregon University has been awarded $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to continue and expand the campus-wide effort to prevent and respond to sexual violence.
The full press release is included below:
The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women awarded $300,000 to the Teaching Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University to expand the campus collaboration on sexual violence prevention and response. The WOU Campus Against Sexual Assault (WOU CASA) program will include an expanded prevention and education program on sexual violence for all students on campus, with particular emphasis on incoming first-year sexual assault through Abby’s House, the campus resource and referral center. Furthermore, the continuation program will enhance sexual violence response services on campus though campus public safety and the office of student conduct, as well as strengthen community partnerships with local community agencies.
“The WOU CASA program has already had a significant impact on the WOU community by bringing together staff and faculty from across campus to collaborate on sexual violence prevention programs and improve the response to sexual violence on our campus,” stated Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, the project director for WOU CASA and the director of Abby’s House.
This opportunity to continue the CASA program will allow for faculty to incorporate the sexual misconduct education curriculum into courses throughout the university and for the development of interdisciplinary courses on sexual violence. Further, the continuation grant will mean a new program coordinator position for Abby’s House and an expansion of the Green Dot program on campus.
“The continuation of the WOU CASA program means that we can focus more of our efforts on the prevention of sexual violence,” commented Carli Rohner, Green Dot coordinator at the WOU Student Health and Counseling Center. WOU’s Green Dot program empowers students, staff and faculty to identify, intervene and prevent high-risk situations that can lead to sexual violence. To learn more about the program, visit http://wou.edu/greendot.
WOU’s Teaching Research Institute houses seven Centers focused on informing and facilitating change in educational and human service systems to improve the quality of life for all individuals. Funded through external grants, the Centers conduct programs of research, develop evidence-based interventions that are provided though technical assistance and professional development, and increase system capacity to effect change. TRI has over a 50-year history of research and provision of technical assistance and training.