The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) commended Mount St. Joseph University for achieving 100 percent of recommendations established as part of the Changing Campus Culture initiative, a statewide effort designed to end sexual violence on all of Ohio’s college campuses. In addition, the Mount was awarded a Transforming Campus Climate grant to fund efforts addressing gender-based violence.
The ODHE launched the Changing Campus Culture initiative in 2015 with $2 million and the support of Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio legislature. The goal was for all of Ohio’s college campuses to implement the five recommended strategies, aimed at preventing and responding to sexual violence on Ohio’s campuses, by the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. These recommendations include collecting data to inform prevention and response strategies, implementing evidence-based training programs, communicating a culture of shared respect and responsibility, developing a comprehensive response protocol and adopting a survivor-centered response.
The Mount will use the grant to support the University’s strategic response which includes a comprehensive online training course to address alcohol/drug issues, gender-based violence and bystander intervention through seamless messaging to all constituent populations. The intended outcomes are the implementation of a comprehensive training and education program that will empower members of the Mount community to prevent sexual violence through evidence-based primary prevention and to employ best practices to address gender-based violence through social marketing of messages.
The other institutions to receive the Transforming Campus Climate grant include Ashland University, Bowling Green State University, Case Western Reserve University, Defiance College, Hocking College, Kent State University, Wittenberg University and Wright State University.