Responding to Indiana’s need for a comprehensive structure to provide post-secondary campuses with support for sexual violence prevention and response efforts, ICESA developed its statewide campus consortium. In July 2016, ICESA received a three-year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). ICESA is honored to be one of nine federal recipients of the OWH College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative grant.
The ICESA Campus Consortium provides a structured, reliable mechanism for supporting employees and students at Indiana’s post-secondary institutions. Currently, ten campuses have partnered with ICESA to launch the development of the consortium: Butler University, DePauw University, Franklin College, IUPUC, IUPUI, IU Northwest, Marian University, Purdue Northwest, Purdue West Lafayette, and Saint Mary’s College. These ten pioneering schools are in the process of receiving three years of assessment, evaluation, training, and technical assistance from ICESA. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Domestic Violence Network are also partners in the Campus Consortium. Liaisons from each school and agency participate in ICESA’s Campus Consortium Advisory Committee; these committee members meet regularly to discuss best practices for sexual violence prevention and response. Each Campus and Agency Liaison brings a special level of expertise and knowledge to share with the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee provides a space for ICESA’s campus and agency partners to share their knowledge and feedback with ICESA and post-secondary institutions throughout the state. The Campus Consortium has nine outcomes, including policy compliance with federal mandates, sustainable trauma-informed practices, evidence-based prevention strategies, empowered victims, and educated students and campus employees. Campus Consortium schools receive specialized assessment reports, assistance with strategic planning, and tailored trainings for their employees and students.
Due to the logistics of launching a major new initiative, ICESA was unable to include all of Indiana’s post-secondary schools in the consortium from the beginning. However, ICESA plans to expand consortium membership each year; new schools can apply to join each year. Currently, ICESA offers free trainings, as well as limited consultations, to non-consortium schools. ICESA is also willing to offer trainings to community agencies that are connected to colleges and universities. Check out all of the free trainings and presentations that ICESA offers to all post-secondary institutions in Indiana. When you are ready to have ICESA come to your school, submit a Campus Training Request and we will be in touch with you soon.