Achieving stronger outcomes through multidisciplinary collaboration

Our accomplishments in 2016 reflect the necessity of multidisciplinary collaboration. By working together, we expand our resources, focus on issues of greater concern, hold each other accountable, and achieve better results than any single office or department could achieve alone. Input from campus and community leaders was vital to analyzing the results of the 2015 Speak Out Iowa campus climate survey and to integrating those results with research-based strategies to develop the two-year Anti-Violence Plan. Prevention education stakeholders published a Comprehensive Education Model to articulate how our diverse education efforts fit into a shared framework, and created a new web resource to disseminate information about prevention efforts and education opportunities being offered on campus. Not only are the outcomes of projects stronger as a result of contributions from members with different expertise, perspectives, and values, but the process of engaging in shared work facilitates trust and improves communication among campus and community stakeholders.


In 2016, the Anti-Violence Coalition included representation from the following departments:


Speak Out Iowa Survey and Anti-Violence Plan

The Campus Climate Survey Subcommittee administered the Speak Out Iowa survey during fall 2015 in order to assess students' perceptions of the campus climate regarding sexual misconduct, identify the incidence of sexual misconduct on campus, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking, and assess students' perceptions of the UI's response to sexual misconduct. The subcommittee chose the ARC3 (Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative) Instrument because it felt it was the most comprehensive survey available, and was based on a set of eight guiding principles that align with our institutional values of inclusiveness, mutual respect, and collaboration.


Throughout the spring 2016 semester, the Campus Climate Survey Subcommittee met with stakeholder groups, including students & shared governance leaders, to share data from the Speak Out Iowa survey, discuss its implications, and gather input on suggested action to address what was learned. In summer of 2016, the Anti-Violence Coalition began developing a two-year plan to shape the university’s priorities and coordinate our efforts. The AVC reviewed the Speak Out Iowa survey data, stakeholder responses, current research, and publications from national resources to compile a list of recommendations for the plan. A writing team with representatives from across campus developed those recommendations into a two-year plan. Members of the AVC reviewed drafts throughout the process, and the writing team incorporated their feedback. The ambitious Anti-Violence Plan for Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, and Stalking includes 3 goals and 32 strategies; it was published together with the Speak Out Iowa survey data in fall of 2016.


The Comprehensive Education Model: Articulating our framework for coordinating education efforts

The Campus Education Subcommittee (CES), a subcommittee of the Anti-Violence Coalition, published the Comprehensive Education Model in 2016. This research- and compliance-guided model describes the three domains of the university’s comprehensive education programming in the context of the Socio-Ecological Model framework. It was created to articulate how the multiple types of education being offered on campus fit into a larger framework. The model establishes primary prevention, which is aimed at changing culture norms in order to bring an end to gender-based violence, as the central domain and focus of our education work on campus. The model also describes how awareness raising and risk mitigation efforts supplement the long-term strategy of culture change by educating the community about gender-based discrimination and resources while empowering community members to protect themselves. The Comprehensive Education Model functions as a guide for coordinating the university’s education efforts and planning for future work.


New web resource provides information about anti-violence workshops, trainings, and initiatives

The Ending Violence at Iowa site went live in 2016. This web resource connects groups and individuals looking for education with the appropriate resources and opportunities. It was created by a working group of the CES in response to an identified need for a central resource clarifying anti-violence prevention and education work provided by multiple groups on campus. The site includes descriptions of workshops and initiatives, information about getting involved, and a web form for requesting a workshop or training.


OSMRC and Monsoon collaborate to expand resources for Chinese international students

A bilingual advocate from Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa established weekly office hours at OSMRC. The partnership between Monsoon and OSMRC has enhanced our ability to respond to the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander communities through providing input on education, training, and response procedures. Weekly office hours increased access to bilingual advocacy services for students who preferred to meet with a Mandarin speaker. Creating a Mandarin translation of the university’s Resource and Referral Guide ensured that our growing population of Chinese-speaking students and community members would have access to materials in their first language.