Educational Opportunities

educational opportunities


The MCVP strives to engage the campus community in a variety of educational opportunities, designed to meet the needs of a number of people. Specifically, we subscribe to the notion of educating, rather than training, campus constituents. Education consists of long-term, on-going programs designed to engage people in critical thinking and reflection. Through our educational programs, we seek to encourage people to make sense of issues related to relationship and sexual violence for themselves, applying the knowledge they gain to their own unique contexts. 

If you would like to request educational programming for your organization or staff, please contact us using the form below.

We can build an educational series from the following workshops or create something new to fit the needs of your organization:

HISTORICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ADDRESSING RELATIONSHIP & SEXUAL VIOLENCE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
TIME: 1 hour (keynote/lecture style including Q&A)
AUDIENCE: Anyone from the campus community who is interested (especially important for people engaged in the workshops that follow to set a foundation)

In this talk, we provide an accessible overview of the historical roots of sexual violence in the U.S., including ties to colonization and slavery. We draw connections between the historical roots of sexual violence and current practices on college campuses, providing strategies for consideration to more effectively address campus sexual violence from a power-conscious, historical perspective, including providing multiple alternatives for victim-survivors to pursue resolution to their cases and shifting frameworks to focusing on perpetrators to end sexual violence. Additionally, we provide strategies for developing comprehensive working groups to engage members of the campus community in the primary prevention of relationship and sexual violence.

Addressing Relationship & Sexual Violence on Campus: Considerations for Administrative Leaders
TIME: 1 hour
AUDIENCE: Members of Chancellor’s Cabinet and other upper-level administrators

Upper-level University administrators must balance the needs of multiple stakeholders on a number of high-priority issues and concerns, including relationship and sexual violence. Ever shifting policy requires administrators to understand and navigate a complex legal and compliance culture at the same time they navigate immediate safety and practical concerns from students, faculty and staff, and parents. In this session, we examine several key concepts providing insight into student activists’ motivations and behaviors and the ever-shifting compliance culture. Building on these key concepts, we examine strategies for navigating complex – often competing – demands on administrators’ time and attention.

A Collective Approach: Developing Context-Specific, Innovative, and Power-Conscious Strategies to Eradicate Campus Sexual Violence
TIME: 2-4 hours
AUDIENCE: members of the campus community interested in developing primary prevention strategies to address relationship and sexual violence

As attention to campus sexual violence has grown over the past several years, college and university educators have been pressured to respond quickly to comply with local and federal legislation and guidance to address sexual violence on campuses. Unfortunately, this pressure has resulted in a hyper-focus on compliance and responding to sexual violence after it happens, rather than preventing it from happening in the first place. Further, educators may have felt pressured to use one-size-fits-all “best practices” to educate students about campus sexual violence, rather than developing unique context-specific strategies for their campuses. One strategy for engaging in primary prevention is to move beyond the “expert model” to engage all members of the campus community who have a passion and interest in addressing relationship and sexual violence. Participants will leave this session with several specific strategies they can employ within their circles of influence to immediately address campus sexual violence, and an action plan to further develop educational programming for the campus community.

What’s My Role? Considering Multiple Perspectives to Address Campus Sexual Violence
TIME: 2 hours
AUDIENCE: Specific campus officials invested in addressing campus sexual violence, including police, Title IX investigators, victim advocates, and others invited by the campus planning team

This workshop is designed to engage people from a variety of perspectives to more effectively work together to address campus sexual violence. Many people across campus (police, Title IX administrators, victim advocates, students, staff, and faculty) have a vested interest in addressing campus sexual violence. Although we sometimes approach our work from differing philosophies, our end goal is the same: end relationship and sexual violence. In this workshop, we will examine the histories of a variety of policies influencing our response to campus sexual violence (e.g., Title IX, The Clery Act) to better understand our current context. Further, we will reflect on the various experiences, philosophies, and expectations that each of us brings to addressing sexual violence to better understand each other’s perspectives and investments. We will conclude by examining strategies to more effectively support each other and work together.

Beyond Mandatory Reporting: The Role of Faculty in Addressing Campus Sexual Violence
TIME: 90 minutes
AUDIENCE: Faculty

Faculty play a unique role in educating students about campus sexual violence.  Many faculty on campus have personal investment or research and teaching interests directly related to campus sexual violence, yet feel unsure about how to address these issues in through their work. In this workshop, we’ll explore a variety of strategies for faculty to engage the topic of sexual violence through their teaching, research, and service and to support the campus-wide efforts designed to address campus sexual violence. Specifically, we’ll examine strategies for integrating information about sexual violence through the lens of a variety of disciplines to more effectively reach students in a multitude of ways.

Building Equitable and Effective Student Movements to Eradicate Sexual Violence
TIME: 90 minutes
AUDIENCE: Students

Ending sexual violence requires student leaders to engage a variety of strategies to effectively work with different stakeholders, including peers, media representatives, university administrators, state and federal-level policy makers. Similar to university administrators, student leaders also need to understand a wide variety of student needs and experiences.  Further, student leaders must be cognizant of who is and is not present in decision-making arenas and how their own identities and experiences influence how they think about addressing sexual violence.  In this session, we will discuss strategies for navigating a variety of roles from various social locations and examine our unique strengths as they relate to the movement to end sexual violence.