After orientation, students have opportunities to continue to participate in events related to the prevention of sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking. Post-orientation events are varied in their format, and include workshops, awareness raising campaign, curriculum infusion, and community events. Collaboration between the departments responsible for providing education ensures that our messaging is aligned and that our programs build upon pre-orientation and orientation programming.
Education workshops have been developed by providers on campus based on current best practices and campus needs. Workshop providers start with a standard plan and frequently modify it to meet the specific needs of the group requesting or hosting the workshop. In 2016, the Ending Violence at Iowa site provided a new mechanism for campus groups to learn about available workshops and request a workshop for their group. Assessments are collected at conclusion of each workshop to measure effectiveness and inform future programming.
Many workshops are scheduled at the request of a campus group that has reached out directly to the workshop provider or made a request through the Ending Violence at Iowa site. Ongoing collaboration across the campus community expands opportunities for campus partners to host these educational events. In 2016, groups that hosted events included Residence Education, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Athletics, the Center for Diversity and Enrichment, the Iowa City Police Department, International Student and Scholar Services, and the College of Law.
Workshop attendance and content area covered
Unique participants are not tracked; someone attending two or more events may be counted more than once.
Curriculum infusion engages the university community in prevention efforts by allowing prevention educators to work collaboratively with faculty members to design and deliver gender-based violence and discrimination prevention content across the curriculum. The process of integrating gender-based violence and discrimination prevention education into many disciplines challenges students to evaluate their beliefs about gender-based violence and discrimination and assess their knowledge of this issue on college campuses. In 2016, curriculum infusion in 15 classes reached 377 students, and included information about bystander intervention, consent, healthy relationships, and UI policies and procedures. Participating departments included Rhetoric, Health and Human Physiology, Higher Education and Student Affairs, and Communication Studies. Content was provided by WRAC, RVAP, OSMRC, and the Office of the Dean of Students.
Campaigns, community events, and information booklets
Campaigns play an important role in changing social norms by sharing basic facts with members of the community and raising awareness around issues of gender-based violence and discrimination. In 2016, six community campaigns or events organized by RVAP and WRAC raised awareness about the dynamics of sexual assault and provided information about local hotlines and resources.
RVAP, WRAC, and Student Health and Wellness had information tables at multiple campus events to promote their services and provide information about responding to someone who discloses being a victim/survivor.
Student Health and Wellness included information about affirmative consent and healthy relationships in their 2016 Healthy Hawk Challenge online survey, which was taken by 1765 students, and on displays in their office.
In fall 2016, the UI Parent and Family Network provided a safety booklet in every residence hall room highlighting resources available on campus to ensure students knew where to get help and where to make a report.
In 2016, RVAP trained 40 bar staff at Brothers Bar using the Raise the Bar curriculum, in which local bar staff gain knowledge on sexual assault dynamics, perpetrator red flags, the use of alcohol as a weapon and camouflage, and bystander intervention skills with the goal of developing a coordinated response to prevent sexual assault.
Peer leaders trained by WRAC and RVAP co-facilitate workshops on campus and help with coordinating community awareness raising events.