Anne Munch, nationally-recognized speaker, consultant, and former prosecutor, speaks to RMCSS attendees about consent.
Inaugural Rocky Mountain Campus Safety Summit a Success The inaugural Rocky Mountain Campus Safety Summit (RMCSS), held June 8-9 on the Colorado College campus in Colorado Springs, was a resounding success. Nearly 150 participants representing 17 states and 56 colleges, universities, and organizations attended the Summit. Participants departed with expanded knowledge, inspiration, and resolve to incorporate what they learned into their work on their campuses. Nationally-renowned keynote speakers, David Lisak and Anne Munch, set the tone on each day of the Summit, then participants attended hour-long breakout sessions on topics ranging from collaborative campus models and the Title IX process to general prevention and bystander intervention. Comments from participants include that such a conference was â€œlong overdue,â€ that they â€œrarely have the opportunity to gather with others in the same field,â€ and that they feel â€œmore equipped and empowered to raise awareness and implement programs around sexual assault.â€
Four Colorado media outlets covered the Summit, further contributing to awareness in the community of gender and relationship violence on college campuses and Janaâ€™s Campaignâ€™s role in addressing such violence. Janaâ€™s Campaign is happy to have another successful avenue in higher education through which to actualize its mission to educate about and prevent gender and relationship violence. Read more about the Summit at www.RockyMountainSummit.org. Thank you to all who participated!
New Partnership with Ball State University Creates Midwest Campus Safety Summit Janaâ€™s Campaign is excited to introduce the inaugural Midwest Campus Safety Summit to be held April 5-6, 2017 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. This third Summit location will expand the scope of Janaâ€™s Campaignâ€™s impact to include a majority of the interior United States. As with each Summit, the Midwest Campus Safety Summit will host some of the countryâ€™s top experts on issues of campus safety and gender and relationship violence prevention as well as a variety of regional experts and practitioners. For those interested in presenting at the Midwest Campus Safety Summit, the Call for Proposals deadline is December 6, 2016. Learn more about this Summit at www.MidwestSummit.org.
With three regional conferences, Janaâ€™s Campaign has continued to expand its higher education programming. This map identifies the states targeted by each regional campus safety summit.
Fourth Annual Heartland Campus Safety Summit to Return this Fall The fourth annual Heartland Campus Safety Summit will be held November 16-17, 2016 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. For the first time, the Heartland Summit programming will be developed from a nationwide call for proposals. Janaâ€™s Campaign is anticipating a wealth of impactful and diverse content from experts and practitioners throughout the region. It is the hope of Janaâ€™s Campaign to use the fuel of expanded media coverage and social awareness of gender and relationship violence issues to facilitate in-depth discussions on how college campuses can better prevent and respond to campus violence.
Nationally-recognized speaker, former prosecutor, and gender-based violence subject expert Anne Munch will return by popular demand as a keynote speaker. Additionally, the litigation and business services law firm Husch Blackwell, LLC., will be a Summit sponsor. Registration opens August 1st at www.HeartlandSummit.org.
Kelley Parker presents to a class at Cherry Creek High School (Denver, CO) in April, 2016.
Secondary Education Programming Continues to Grow The Janaâ€™s Campaign teen gender violence prevention programming continues to rapidly grow across the state of Kansas as well as into Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Teen dating violence is a preventable public health problem that requires a comprehensive strategy to stop it before it starts. Across these states, Janaâ€™s Campaign has worked with 235 schools, impacting tens of thousands of students. Many of these schools have been granted $100 mini-grants to create change and raise awareness of teen gender violence at their schools or in their communities. This work has been made possible with funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation and Verizon HopeLine.
New Program: The Counselor Project The Counselor Project will provide high school counselors with education, training, and easily-implementable curriculum to more effectively prevent and respond to teen gender and relationship violence. This program will bring together a team of experts including nationally-known practitioners in the fields of gender-based violence and sexual assault, high school counselors, and instructors of counseling in higher education. This project will create a toolkit for counselors which will include information on student advocacy, school policy, Title IX compliance, prevention strategies, identification of red flags, response approaches, healthy relationship models, coordinated response team information, and more. Secondary school counselors consistently indicate that their schools do not have sufficient curriculum to address the issue, indicating the need for more training on red flags, mandatory reporting, as well as ways to directly help students. Janaâ€™s Campaign is dedicated to playing a significant role in addressing this issue.
Christie Brungardt presents to over 100 Kansas school counselors about preventing and responding to teen dating violence.
Janaâ€™s Campaign Receives $47,500 in Four Kansas Foundation Grants This June, Janaâ€™s Campaign was thrilled to receive four grants to greatly expand teen dating violence prevention efforts in Kansas middle and high schools. Kansas Health Foundation, based in Wichita, awarded a $25,000 Recognition Grant to work in secondary schools throughout Kansas. The Heartland Community Foundation, based in Hays, awarded three Dane G. Hansen Community Grants totaling $22,500 to work specifically in Ellis, Rooks, and Trego counties. This funding will allow Janaâ€™s Campaign to provide comprehensive programming in Kansas middle and high schools to include Safe Dates curriculum and training, all-school and classroom presentations, bystander intervention training, and more multi-faceted programming which will be tailored to each schoolâ€™s individual needs. Janaâ€™s Campaign is proud to partner with the Kansas Health Foundation and the Heartland Community Foundation and looks forward to increasing its impact in Kansas throughout the next school year!
La Crosse High School (KS) students perform in the Express Love Over Violence exhibit at the Hays Art Councilâ€™s Spring Art Walk. Photo by Jolie Green, email@example.com
Janaâ€™s Campaign Joins the Hays Art Councilâ€™s Spring Art Walk This April, downtown Hays, Kansas, hosted the annual Hays Art Councilâ€™s Spring Art Walk. Several gender and relationship violence-related art pieces from four surrounding high schools were featured. Before the students began their art pieces, Christie Brungardt, Janaâ€™s mom, spoke with several of the art classes about the realities of gender and relationship violence. Fort Hays State University students partnering with Janaâ€™s Campaign hosted an exhibit titled â€œExpress Love Over Violenceâ€ on main street, featuring donated artwork from the Namibia, Africa, series â€œIn the Name of Loveâ€ and from a series by regional artist Mark Hall. More than 400 people attended the Janaâ€™s Campaign exhibit.
Board of Directors and Staff Available for Presentations Janaâ€™s Campaign board and staff members are available to speak at your community or conference events about the origins of gender and relationship violence and the strategies every person can adopt to prevent it. With decades of combined experience in leadership, law, and advocacy, Janaâ€™s Campaign board and staff members are experts at effectively conveying messages to end gender and relationship violence as well as practical approaches in doing so. Presentation venues include human resource departments, churches, activist groups, domestic violence shelters, prisons, conferences, and more. Visit www.JanasCampaign.org/community-education to learn more.
Internal News and Fundraising Efforts
Janaâ€™s Campaign Welcomes Four New Board Members
CurtBrungardt, Ph.D., (Hays, KS), is the Omer G. Voss Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies and Executive Director of the Center for Civic Leadership at Fort Hays State University, co-founding director of Janaâ€™s Campaign, husband to Christie Brungardt, and step-father to Jana. He is returning to the board after a year away from official board service. In the coming year Curtâ€™s primary goals include continued leadership in programs that engage men and boys as well as major
Joplin Higgins, LLB GDLP, (Singleton, Australia), is an attorney who specializes in family law and domestic violence issues. Higgins was recently awarded the Westpac Social Change Fellowship, which allowed her to make a trip to the U.S. to learn from Janaâ€™s Campaign and other domestic violence professionals in Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado. She brings a unique perspective to the Janaâ€™s Campaign board and looks forward to helping to address these issues in Australia as well as with Janaâ€™s Campaign in the United States.
Pamela Jacobs, JD, (Fayetteville, NC), is a consultant whose passion is to teach and educate people to discover innovative responses to sexual assault and domestic violence. Jacobs is an attorney, advocate, and speaker who specializes in workshops, trainings, keynotes, and individual empowerment sessions, and has worked with women who have been abused or assaulted for over 15 years. She will bring a wealth of passion, knowledge, and expertise to Janaâ€™s Campaign.
Kari Ann Rinker, MPA, (Wichita, KS), is the Senior Manager of Advocacy at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, managing public policy for the organization in Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. She was formerly a lead lobbyist for the National Organization for Women and has worked tirelessly for gender equality for more than a decade. Kari Ann will bring her experience in grant writing and major fundraising initiatives to Janaâ€™s Campaign. She is also the mother of three daughters, making the work of Janaâ€™s Campaign a priority to her.
The new members listed above will join returning board members Jennifer Berry, JD, (San Diego, CA); Christie Brungardt, Ph.D., (Hays, KS); Stephanie Davis, Ph.D., (Lawrence, KS); Treâ€™ Giles, (Gambia, Africa); Heather Lambert, Ph.D., (Lincoln, NE); Elizabeth Landau, JD, (Silver Spring, MD); Michelle McCormick, LMSW, (Topeka, KS); Mark Russell, CFA, CFPÂ®, (Houston, TX); and Luo (Jessie) Zhai, MLS, (Jiangsu, China).
Janaâ€™s Campaign Staff Expands Janaâ€™s Campaign is increasing its core staff! Welcome two new Program Specialists to the team:
Kaiti Dinges, a graduate student at Fort Hays State University pursuing a Masters of Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, is joining the Jana's Campaign national headquarters in Hays, KS. She also works on the FHSU campus in the Womenâ€™s Leadership Project, which is where her passion for gender and relationship violence prevention first started. Kaitiâ€™s role at Janaâ€™s Campaign will primarily be focused on secondary education programming, event planning, and assessment.
Demetria Humphries, a new member of the Colorado Springs, CO, branch of Janaâ€™s Campaign, is passionate about reshaping our relationship culture from a young age to be equal and nourishing for all. In this vein, she is pursuing a certification in yoga therapy to encourage all people to feel at home in their bodies. Deme will be heavily involved in higher education programming, major publications, and website development.
New Janaâ€™s Campaign Website Janaâ€™s Campaign has redesigned its website! This new site will be easier to navigate and will allow Janaâ€™s Campaign supporters to have a better understanding of Janaâ€™s Campaign programs in middle and high schools, colleges and universities, and community organizations.
Visit www.JanasCampaign.org today!
Empty Place at the Table Event Scheduled for October Join Janaâ€™s Campaign on Saturday, October 15th at 6:00 PM at the VFW Hall in Hays, Kansas, for the fifth annual Empty Place at the Table gala fundraising event. This community event, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, brings together Janaâ€™s Campaign supporters to eat, drink, dance, and make a difference. Mark your calendars. You wonâ€™t want to miss out on a great time for a great cause with live music by The Clearview Band, and for the first time at this event, dancing! Learn more about the event and pre-order your tickets at www.JanasCampaign.org/empty-place-at-the-table.
Major Fundraising Initiative: The IMPACT Project The IMPACT Project, Janaâ€™s Campaignâ€™s major fundraising initiative officially announced at the beginning of 2016, seeks to raise $500,000 over the span of eighteen months. This initiative will improve and expand the gender and relationship violence prevention efforts of Janaâ€™s Campaign in middle and high schools, colleges and universities, as well as through community-wide programming activities. In the first six months of fundraising, Janaâ€™s Campaign has raised $223,000 in donations and pledges, with the remaining 55% of the fundraising goal to meet in the coming year. Every dollar raised through The IMPACT Project will go directly to providing effective gender and relationship prevention programming in one of Janaâ€™s Campaignâ€™s program areas. Learn more and support Janaâ€™s Campaign at www.JanasCampaign.org/donate. We are making a difference. With your help we can do even more. Please support The IMPACT Project and help us reach our goal!