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Technical Assistance Workshops 2020

Follow the below links to register! Workshops are FREE of charge! 


The New Jersey Conference on Campus Sexual Violence held in March 2019 was organized to provide a broad overview of the New Jersey Task Force Report on Campus Sexual Assault Report. The conference provided an opportunity for participants to learn more about the recommendations provided in the New Jersey Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault report, released in 2017, and to apply those to their respective institutions. 

Based on feedback gathered at the conference, VAWC has organized a series of three technical assistance webinars (previously intended to be half-day workshops). To download a description of workshops click here or read below. 


Webinars are available at no cost! 

Thursday, July 30th 12-1:30PM: Developing and Implementing Campus Climate Surveys - Register Here!

Description: This webinar will provide an overview of how colleges and universities conduct campus climate surveys related to sexual and dating violence. Facilitators will emphasize strategies for building the capacity necessary to undertake such an assessment at their institution within a framework of safety and inclusivity. Topics include;securing leadership buy-in; creating an advisory board; selecting and modifying an appropriate instrument; developing an outreach and recruitment strategy; obtaining Institutional Review Board approval; evaluating data analysis options so results inform an action plan; creating dissemination strategies; and including student voices. The webinar will guide participants through the various stages of this process and will allow time for participants to identify how this information applies to their respective institutions. Our identified audience for this webinar includes higher education administrators, director service providers, researchers and faculty/staff responsible for addressing campus climate surveys. This webinar will also address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the student experience as well as students’ feelings regarding campus treatment of minority students. 

Facilitators: Julia Cusano, Evaluation Coordinator, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Rutgers School of Social Work and Dr. Michele Cascardi, Professor of Psychology Graduate Director PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology, William Paterson University 

Thursday, August 6th, 12-1:30PM: Engaging Diverse Student Populations - Register Here!

Description: In response to participant feedback received from the New Jersey Conference on Campus Sexual Violence conference, this webinar will focus on how to support diverse student populations to address violence on campus. Topics will include: identifying ways to ensure students feel included and welcomed on campus, engaging cultural centers, fostering environments free of discrimination and harassment, exploring ways to engage underserved and marginalized communities in services and programming, and identifying ways to foster a sense of belonging on campus. This webinar will also address how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the student experience, including topics such as student learning and mental health. It will also address student’s response to the protests that have occurred since the death of George Floyd and how student’s feel about their university’s treatment of their minority students.

Facilitators: Zaneta Rago Craft, Ed.D, Director, Intercultural Center, Monmouth University, Jean Semelfort Jr LPC, Prevention Programs Manager, Princeton University SHARE Office.

Monday, August 10th, 12-1:30PM: Engaging Middle and High School Stakeholders to Address Sexual and Dating Violence Before College - Register Here!


As the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests are sweeping this nation, youth are trying to figure out their role in creating societal change during a health crisis. It may seem that working towards dating and sexual violence prevention should be put on hold, yet the discussions of safety and respect as schools work to prevent dating and sexual violence help provide teens the language and tools they need to build safer, violence-free relationships and communities – making this topic more relevant than ever. This webinar will introduce middle and high school administrators, teachers, and students to the importance of addressing sexual and dating violence now, before college, and will provide an in-depth look at how some districts have incorporated dating abuse and sexual violence prevention. Topics will include an overview of Federal/State policies, available resources and curriculums, and research-based tools for engagement that will make any programming more effective.

We invite public and private schools to send a team of students/administrators/teachers to attend. The webinar would be structured in three parts: 1) overview of what an effective, collaborative approach looks like; 2) breakout discussion identifying the key stakeholders within the middle and high school community to involve; 3) group discussion as a team for how to bring this information back to their respective school community.

Faciliatators: Wil DuBose, Prevention Coordinator, New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Joelle Piercy, LSW, Safe+Sound Somerset


Are CEU credits available for these webinars?

1.5 credits are available for New Jersey and New York Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors. 

What is the audence for the webinars?

Developing and Implementing Campus Climate Surveys and Engaging  Diverse Student Populations are intended for higher education administrators and direct service providers. Engaging all Middle and High School Stakeholders is intended primarily for middle and high school students, teachers, parents, administrators. However, if there are higher education institutions partnering with these schools those staff members would be welcome to attend. 


Technical Assistance Workshops are supported through funding from the NJ Attorney General


Contact Melanie Lowe Hoffman, for more information.


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