Month: October 2018


Passive Program of the Month
Sexual Assault Awareness

School: New Mexico State University Region: IACURH
Person in charge: Angel Banda; Cassidy Moore, Sarah Gailbreath Nominator: Nicki Halopka

Target Population: 300 Time Needed to Organize:
Number of People in Attendance: 300 Date(s) of Program: Oct. 15-Oct 31st
Number of People Needed to Organize: 3 Cost of Program: $0
On-Campus Population: 3707 Chapter Size: 30

Origin of Program:

In early October, several timely warnings were sent out by New Mexico State University's University police regarding sexual assaults that occurred within the residential community. Because there were so many timely warnings in a short period of time, many students, faculty, and staff had major concerns about the safety of campus and questioned what they could do. The President and Chancellor both released statements about the sexual assaults imploring people to start having conversations about sexual assault and violence, and specifically asked people with in Housing and Residential life to start to do more educational programs regarding the topic. Three of the Resident Assistants in Rhodes Garrett Hamiel Hall, a building consisting of about 300 first year students, decided that they wanted to do something to help educate their residents about the ongoing discussion of sexual assault on campus and in the greater world.

Word Count: 144

Please give a short description of the program:

The three resident assistants involved, used a centrally located office to put up a display that gives general information about sexual assault and domestic abuse. Within the locked office, they had a recording that had a whistle blow every 98 seconds to symbolize how often a person is sexually assaulted in America. They also had a recording that would be a gong ringing to symbolize every time someone was a the victim of domestic violence. In addition to the facts about sexual assault and domestic abuse, they had signage up giving the residents information about the different sounds that they were hearing. This information was present for over two weeks in the month of October. It came on the wake of the sexual assaults and timely warnings, but also opened up the discussion and implementation of other programs concerning bystander intervention, personal safety discussions, and It's On Us.

Word Count: 148

Goals of the program:

The obvious goals of the program were to bring awareness about sexual violence and domestic abuse that happens in America. The other goal was to get the residents to start talking about these topics and to attempt to take a stand to do something about it. This program also showed that Housing and Residential Life takes seriously any reports of sexual misconduct on campus.

Word Count: 64

Positive and lasting effects of the program:

The Resident Director of the building has an office next to the passive display, and witnessed the residents in her building actively engaging and talking about the information that the students had learned. This was a program that paved the way for other programs to start going more in depth about campus safety and what we can do to look out for each other. Following this, the President of the University held an open forum in one of the other residence halls, and multiple students brought up the impact that it had on them. It also made the students who experienced it realize the lasting and widespread impact and effect that sexual assault and domestic violence has.

Word Count: 117

Short evaluation of the program:

This program was able to achieve its goals with ease. So many students stopped to learn information, and if this helps and least one person, then it was completely worth it. The three Resident Assitants that put it on, worked extremely well together, were focused on their goals and what they wanted the residents to experience, and executed the program perfectly.

Word Count: 61

How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

I believe that this program could be easily adapted to other campuses. It is a topic that not many people want to talk about until it becomes an issue. Many people are not actually aware of how widespread domestic abuse and sexual assault is, but a program like this is perfect for them because it gets their attention and gives them important information. This is an extremely important topic for all campuses to be talking about.

Word Count: 76

Date of entry into database: 2018-11-05 20:51:00

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