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Campus Forums on Sexual Assault and Violence

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April 18, 2016

Dear Campus Community:

Please join me and the entire PLU campus community for a first in a series of open dialogues on sexual assault and violence on campus in an effort to expand community understanding and advocacy, while also increasing the safety and care of our community.  This first forum will be followed by additional sessions in the coming weeks to address specific questions and suggestions that arise at this first dialogue.

Forum I
When: Wednesday, April 20
Where: Regency Room, Anderson University Center
Time: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Forum II
When: Monday, May 2
Where: Xavier 201
Time: 5:30pm

Sexual assault is a very real problem, not only on our campus, but in our nation and world. We hope to share the impact that sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence have had on our campus in the past and present, and to discuss our collective action in response. Recognizing that there are still improvements to be made, PLU leaders will be present to describe current progress in regard to all aspects of Title IX and how the university is actively responding to campus climate surveys and previous incidents through expanded educational opportunities and improved student conduct processes. There will be a short framing presentation on Title IX requirements and campus procedures to create a basis of shared knowledge for forum participants, followed by a time for all to share their thoughts.

Joining me will be a cross section of campus leaders who will be present for listening and dialogue, including Jennifer Warwick, Associate Director of the Center for Gender Equity and Victim Advocate; Jennifer Smith, Director of the Center for Gender Equity; Greg Premo, Director of Campus Safety; Teri Phillips, Title IX Coordinator; Eva Frey, Dean of Students; Joanna Gregson, Vice Chair of the Faculty; Keith Cooper, Professor and Member of the Title IX working group; and Joanna Royce-Davis, Vice President for Student Life.

PLU strives to be a community of deep care, but it requires all to participate.  We welcome your voice. It’s on us. It’s on Lutes. Please join us.

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