Culture of Respect™ strengthens schools by providing a framework to assess and improve efforts to eliminate sexual violence from their campuses.
We provide tools for all constituents at colleges and universities as they answer the call to ensure students are safe to pursue the promise of higher education.
Culture of Respect Staff
Culture of Respect™ was founded in 2013 by the parents of college-aged students who were alarmed by the high rate of sexual assault on college campuses and the lack of comprehensive resources for survivors, students, administrators and parents trying to respond to and prevent incidents of campus sexual assault. They brought together a team of public health and violence prevention researchers from New York University and Columbia University and experts in the fields of research, prevention education, health support, legal issues, violence prevention, higher education policy, outreach, advocacy, and campus activism to develop the CORE Blueprint and cultureofrespect.org. Culture of Respect was the first to bring all of these practices together and make them available in one location. Early founding support for Culture of Respect was provided by countless individuals, Williams College, and a grant from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Additional support came from Founding Supporters Denison University and Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Core Supporters, Kenyon College, Macalester College, Rochester Institute of Technology and Sewanee, The University of the South.
In 2016, Culture of Respect officially became part of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, allowing Culture of Respect to bring critical programming and a genuine and sustained solution to campus sexual assault to the greatest number of institutions and students. Working with all stakeholders on a comprehensive approach to on-the-ground change, Culture of Respect is leading a cultural shift to eliminate campus sexual violence.
Since its inception, Culture of Respect has been guided by extraordinary individuals, including leaders of national academic organizations, college presidents who shared their challenges and hopes for change, and vice presidents of student affairs whose expertise was relied upon to guide our mission and work. We are the especially grateful to our Advisory Board, who generously share their time, knowledge, and support.
Sandi Haber Fifield
David Lisak, Ph.D., Interpersonal violence expert and founding board member of 1 in 6
Laurie Hamre, Vice President of Student Affairs, Macalester College (2000-2015), previously Dean of Students
Sarah Bolton, Ph.D., President and Professor, The College of Wooster
Matthew Colpitts, Ed.D, Director of Residential Life, Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
Jackie Cruz, Ed.M, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ph.D. student, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Adam F. Falk, Ph.D., President, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; past President and Professor, Williams College
Allan Ford, M.A., Title IX Coordinator, Northeastern State University
Eric Hartman,Vice President, Sewanee, The University of the South
Daniel Hernandez, M.S., Assistant Director, Fraternity and Sorority Life, University of Texas at Dallas
Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D., Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Jennifer Jacobsen, M.A., MPH, Wellness Director, Grinnell College
Nicole Johnson, MSW, Title IX and Compliance Director, Spelman College
Martha J. Kanter, Ed.D., Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow at New York University; Former U.S. Under Secretary of Education (2009-2013)
Diane L. Rosenfeld, J.D, LL.M., Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law and Director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School
Penny Rue, M.A., Ph.D., Vice President for Campus Life, Wake Forest University
Wanda Swan, M.A., Director, Respect Program, Emory University
Tracey E. Vitchers, M.A., Director, It's On Us
Graphic Design Team
Jessica Helfand, Pamela Hovland and Karen Salsgiver, graphic designers and principals in their respective Connecticut-based design studios
MarkNet Group Special thanks to founder Gina Nieves, LisaMarie DeSanto and Taqi Hasnain who generously donated their time and expertise to cultureofrespect.org.