University of Houston Addresses Campus Sexual Violence with NASPA’S Culture of Respect Collective - University of Houston
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DSA News
March 14, 2023

The University of Houston is proud to have joined a group of 13 colleges and universities from across North America for the seventh cohort of NASPA’s Culture of Respect Collective. The Collective is an ambitious two-year program that guides cohort institutions through a rigorous process of self-assessment and targeted organizational change.

Each diverse cohort of the Collective relies on an expert-developed public health framework, cross-campus collaboration, and peer-led learning to make meaningful programmatic and policy changes. More than 155+ colleges and universities have participated in the Collective. The program has shown itself to be an adaptable model that helps institutions work across departmental siloes and stay connected with peers as they engage in the critical work of comprehensively addressing campus sexual violence, within a shifting social and political landscape.

JR Rubinsky, Assistant Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education at UH Wellness, and Laura Zavala-Membreno, Interim Director of the Women and Gender Resource Center, are spearheading this initiative as a collaboration. A team of key campus stakeholders is part of the Campus Leadership Team for Culture of Respect Collective, including representatives from the Dean of Students Office, Office of Equal Opportunity Services, the Student Accessibility Center, Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, and more.

The University of Houston is enthusiastic about this initiative and looks forward to the many benefits that will come with involvement in the Collective, including building relationships with NASPA and peer institutions in the program, as they work to create a campus community in which all students, faculty, and staff can thrive in a Culture of Respect.

NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. NASPA’s work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories.