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Meet Our Newest and Youngest Founding Member
Young philanthropist Mia Lang of Hays, KS had a special request for her upcoming ninth birthday: instead of buying her birthday gifts, she asked friends and family to make a donation to Jana's Campaign.  Mia's mom, Lanae, sent us this email:  “My youngest daughter Mia (who is in the third grade and turning 9 on Wednesday) came to me as we were discussing her birthday and a party. She looked up at me with her big blue eyes and said, Mom, would it be ok if I asked our family and my friends to not buy me any birthday presents?  I was thinking that instead of using their money to buy me a present we could use it to give to Jana's Campaign“.

Mia's act of generosity and selflessness was truly inspiring to us.  As her birthday drew closer, we at Jana’s Campaign looked forward to meeting this special girl and to thank her for her support.  Then, on October 24th, 2014, Mia, her mom and siblings, came to our office to share Mia’s gift. Mia brought us an envelope with cash and checks totaling $1,071!  It was her hope that, by supporting Jana’s Campaign, she could help give more birthdays to more girls.  We are honored to be part of her wish and will work tirelessly to make her wish come true. Thank you, Mia.

Jana's Campaign Expands to Colorado
This past August, Jana's Campaign expanded beyond its Kansas headquarters with the addition of new hire Kelley Kuhlmann Parker, who joined the organization as Senior Program Specialist. Formerly the Vice President of the Jana's Campaign board of directors, Parker will be based out of the newly-established Colorado Springs branch.  Her work will focus on developing programming in Colorado and around the country, establishing a growing network of supporters, and building collaborative partnerships with other non-profit agencies, educational institutions, and service providers. To contact Kelley or the Jana's Campaign Colorado office, please call (719) 660-8537 or email

Second Annual Heartland Campus Safety Summit
On November 12-13, 2014, faculty, staff and students from over 80 colleges, universities and community organizations gathered at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) to learn how they can better reduce and respond to gender-based violence on their campuses. Over 300 attendees from colleges and universities from the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas participated in the second annual Heartland Campus Safety Summit hosted by Jana’s Campaign and JCCC.
National and regional experts provided college personnel with the latest information on violence prevention strategies, suggestions for policies and protocols to improve response to gender violence, and how to better meet their Title IX and Clery Act requirements. The summit was sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation and Verizon Wireless of Kansas and Missouri. To learn more about this event, please see this link.

Verizon Grant Supports ROTC Cadets
Thanks to an $8,000 grant to Jana’s Campaign from Verizon Wireless of Kansas and Missouri, ROTC cadets (Army, Navy, and Air Force) from colleges in the Midwest were able to attend the Heartland Campus Safety Pre-Summit Workshop on Bystander Intervention free of charge. This MVP training was put on by violence prevention experts from the University of Northern Iowa. The cadets were joined by another 100 college personnel from a six-state region. For more information, please visit this link.

Empty Place at the Table
On November 1, 2014, a sold out crowd at the Robbins Center on the Fort Hays State University campus participated in Jana’s Campaign annual fundraising event “Empty Place at the Table.” The event raised over $33,000, more than doubling last year’s fundraising total. This year’s theme recognized the five-year anniversary of Jana’s Campaign and celebrated its program successes. To see photos from this year's event, please visit this link.

Curt and Christie Brungardt Speak at Dartmouth College
Drs. Curt and Christie Brungardt, founders of Jana’s Campaign, spoke at a national sexual assault conference at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire this past July.  They served on a panel with other experts on reducing gender-based violence on college campuses. The Brungardts have also been selected to be part of a 90-member coalition of national experts to develop and implement strategies on college campuses across the US. During the conference, Curt and Christie and Jana’s Campaign were recognized by representatives from the White House for their work with the Heartland Campus Safety Summit.

Love Doesn’t Hurt Programming Expands Across Kansas
Love Doesn't Hurt
Through a partnership with the Kansas Department of Education and teachers and advisers in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) academic classes and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) co-curricular programs, Jana’s Campaign is expanding the reach of its Love Doesn’t Hurt teen gender violence prevention program throughout the state of Kansas. The purpose of this program is to help young students recognize the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships and build a school culture of respect.

Special Issue of the eJournal of Public Affairs
Drs. Curt and Christie Brungardt of Jana’s Campaign will be the guest editors of a special issue of the eJournal of Public Affairs focusing on higher education’s role in preventing and responding to gender-based violence. The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal published by Missouri State University and affiliated with AASCU’s American Democracy Project. This special issue is set to be published in June 2015. For the Call for Submissions, please see this link.

Jana Mackey 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, television host, author, and Presidential Chair Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University, visited the University of Kansas on Monday, October 27th, as part of the Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series.  Harris-Perry, who is founding Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race and Politics in the South, spoke about sexual violence from both a personal and broad-based perspective. Over 700 attended this year’s Jana Mackey Speaker Series event. Jana’s Campaign is a co-sponsor of this University of Kansas program.

Jana’s Campaign Prepares for Participation in United Nations Meetings
Board and staff members from Jana’s Campaign will convene in New York City in March 2015 to participate in the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).  The CSW was formed by the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.  Jana’s Campaign holds Special Consultative Status within the United Nations.

Jana’s Campaign Launches the ‘Campus Men’s Action Network’
This past October, Jana’s Campaign president Curt Brungardt launched our new program, the Campus Men’s Action Network, at St. Louis University. The Campus Men’s Action Network (CMAN) is an organizational model that encourages college men to develop a campus coalition and actively engage in the work to end gender-based violence. The purpose of CMAN is to provide a structure and outline for men who want to get involved in reducing gender-violence. To learn more, please visit this link.

The Other Freshman 15 Partnership
This fall, the San-Francisco-based prevention organization, Futures Without Violence, launched a new website and program, The OTHER Freshman 15. Created as a social action campaign, this site emphasizes the fact that the first 15 weeks of college have the highest risk for sexual assault.  The purpose of the website is to raise awareness and to make it easier for students, parents and alumni to voice their opinions directly with their university presidents, in hopes to create safer campuses.  Jana’s Campaign is proud to be a partner in The OTHER Freshman 15 campaign. To learn more, visit their website here.

A Workplace Response to Domestic Violence

On October 28, Jana’s Campaign, FHSU’s Management and Development Center and others sponsored a day-long workplace violence training at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. The workshop featured national recognized keynote speaker Pam Paziotopoulos who has appeared on CNN, CNBC, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and many other media outlets. The purpose of this training was to help participants recognize the signs of abuse and discuss incident management, workplace safety plans and relevant workplace policies.

Founding Membership Program Closing
As 2014 comes to a close, so will our Founding Membership Donor Program.  The program recognizes all supporters who have given cumulative gifts of $1,000 or more since the inception of Jana’s Campaign. Founding members are recognized permanently on our website and in every annual report.  All gifts to Jana’s Campaign will support our mission of making the world a safer place through education about and prevention against gender-based violence and are 100% tax deductible.  We hope you’ll consider supporting this critical work with a gift this holiday season.  Our loyal donors are what allow us to make a difference.  Thanks for all you do.

2015 Annual Fundraising Drive
Jana’s Campaign is asking it’s friends to support our ‘Annual Membership Drive’ and our annual programming priorities. In 2015, we are seeking financial resources to help us build and expand our program activities, including teen gender violence prevention and engaging boys and young men to stop gender violence. This coming year, we hope to raise $100,000 from our corporate sponsors and from individual donors like yourself. Please follow this link to make your valuable contribution to the 2015 membership drive.
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