RMC joins Culture of Respect Collective
BILLINGS, Mont., June 14, 2019 – Rocky Mountain College has joined a cohort of 36 colleges and universities from across North America to participate in NASPA’s “Culture of Respect” Collective program. This ambitious two-year program guides institutions through a rigorous process of self-assessment and targeted organizational change to proactively address the issue of campus sexual violence. The program provides tools to help institutions create policies and programs that support survivors, prevent sexual violence, and communicate that violence is unacceptable. The College is dedicated to fostering a campus community in which all students, faculty, and staff can thrive in a Culture of Respect.
Each institution in the Collective can rely on an expert-developed public health framework, cross-campus collaboration, and peer-led learning to make meaningful programmatic and policy changes. More than 100 colleges and universities have participated in the Collective to date. The program provides an adaptable model that helps institutions work across departments to stay connected with peers as they engage in the critical work of comprehensively addressing campus sexual violence within a shifting social and political landscape.
“Joining the ‘Culture of Respect’ Collective is a natural evolution in RMC’s commitment to the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff,” said Brad Nason, Executive Vice President and Dean of Student Life at Rocky Mountain College. “The Collective provides the College with access to expertise that would otherwise be unattainable for a small private institution and helps ensure that RMC remains on the cutting edge of higher education. Our commitment to creating a transformational learning environment is enhanced whenever we can collaborate with colleagues from other institutions around the country.”
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.