General Sessions

Athletic Panel 

SPEAKERS
Heather Lyke, Athletic Director, Eastern Michigan University
Chris Creighton, Head Coach, Eastern Michigan University football
Carol Hutchins, Head Coach, University of Michigan softball
Warde Manuel, Athletic Director, University of Michigan
Mary Wilfert, Associate Director, NCAA’s Sport Science Institute
Ron Bellamy, Head Coach, West Bloomfield High School football

OVERVIEW
This main session panel will begin with a welcome video message from DeAndre Levy, Linebacker for the Detroit Lions. DeAndre has been a vocal advocate in encouraging professional athletes to take leadership in sexual assault prevention. The remainder of the panel will focus on how universities can better partner with their athletes and athletic departments to equip them with knowledge about sexual assault awareness and prevention. 

Natasha’s Story

Natasha Alexenko, Survivor & Founder of Natasha’s Justice Project
In this session, Natasha will share her story as an assault survivor.

Preview of Audrie & Daisy Netflix Documentary

Casey Corcoran, Futures Without Violence

This talk will highlight powerful new opportunities and resources for students, parents and schools to address the culture of sexual violence highlighted in the documentary Audrie & Daisy.

Creating a Community of Action: Bystanders and Sexual Assault Prevention on Campuses

Dr. Vicki Banyard, Professor, University of New Hampshire, Department of Psychology

Dr. Vicki Banyard will summarize recent research on the promise of bystanders as active prevention change agents to reduce sexual assault on college campuses, and how these efforts can prevent and respond to power-based violence and promote student success.

Ending Rape: Proactive Approaches to Addressing Sexual Violence on Campus

Keith Edwards, speaker and educator on sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, social justice education and curricular approaches. 

This presentation helps participants understand how fraternity and sorority members, student athletes and other student leaders can be a part of the solution to end rape on campus. Participants will be empowered to work toward ending rape throughout their lives as college students including through organizations like fraternities and sororities and other leadership opportunities.

Rape Culture and How We Can Change the Culture Surrounding Sexual Assault

Jackson Katz, Co-Founder of the Mentors in Violence (MVP) Prevention program, educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist. 

Acclaimed anti-violence educator Jackson Katz argues that the epidemic of male violence that plagues American society needs to be understood and addressed as part of a much larger cultural crisis in masculinity. Katz’s innovative cultural approach to gender-violence prevention has been adopted by the NFL, NCAA and U.S. Marine Corps. 

How to Apply for this Year’s Grant

Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue, Michigan State Police

Col. Etue will give instructions on how to apply for this year’s Campus Sexual Assault grant. First Lady Sue Snyder and Col. Etue announced the program in June 2015 following the first “Inform. Empower. Prevent.” summit. Governor Rick Snyder recommended and the Michigan Legislature appropriated $500,000 from the FY
2016 General Fund to support the grant program. Last year, 22 awards were made for innovative and student-focused prevention projects.


Morning Breakout Sessions

2015 GRANT RECIPIENT BEST PRACTICES

Main Session Room

PRESENTERS:
Debi Cain, Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
Eastern Michigan University (“I Choose” Social Norms Marketing Campaign) 
Ferris State University (“Campus Needs You” program & Social Media training) 
Michigan State University (The Bystander Network) 

OVERVIEW:
Last year, Governor Snyder allocated $500,000 in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget to help universities and community colleges develop proactive strategies to reduce sexual assaults on campuses. In this session, attendees will hear about the successes and best practices from three of last year’s grant recipients.

POLICY PANEL

Building 10 - Research Auditorium

PRESENTERS: 
Gail Krieger, Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
Natasha Alexenko, Survivor & Founder of Natasha’s Justice Project
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
State Representative Laura Cox
State Representative Marilyn Lane
State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker
State Senator Rebekah Warren

OVERVIEW: 
Michigan policymakers have led the country with the response to untested sexual assault evidence kits, sexual assault evidence kit tracking and other sexual assault initiatives. This panel will discuss emerging policy issues related to sexual assault in Michigan with a focus on implementation and system changes necessary to meaningfully realize these efforts.

HOW TO SUPPORT AN ASSAULT SURVIVOR

Building 10 – G063/G064

Dr. Johanna Soet Buzolits, Project Director, Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board and Co-Owner and Operator of Arbor Wellness Center in Ann Arbor

Research clearly shows that the response to a disclosure by a sexual assault victim is critical to their healing. Dr. Johanna Soet Buzolits will discuss the importance of how to best provide a victim-centered approach when you want to provide support, whether as a friend, a faculty member, or a classmate.

 

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 

2015 GRANT RECIPIENT BEST PRACTICES

Main Session Room

PRESENTERS: 
Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue, Michigan State Police
Central Michigan University (Greek Life, Athletics, & Cultural Competency)     
Grand Rapids Community College (Community College Consortium program)
Lake Superior State University (UP Partnership) 

Last year, Governor Snyder allocated $500,000 in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget to help universities and community colleges develop proactive strategies to reduce sexual assaults on campuses. In this session, attendees will hear about the successes and best practices from three of last year’s grant recipients. 

STARTING THE CONVERSATION WITH HIGH SCHOOLERS

Building 10 – Research Auditorium

PRESENTERS: 
Debi Cain, Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
Casey Corcoran, Program Director for the Children & Youth Program, Futures Without Violence
Kayla Grant, Youth Prevention Services Coordinator and Community Response Advocate, LACASA
Nicole Matthews-Creech, Community Education Director and Community Response Team Coordinator, LACASA
Bobette Schrandt, President and CEO, LACASA

Sexual assault awareness and prevention is not only a campus issue: we also need to find ways to create awareness for our high school students. In this session, members of Livingston County’s LACASA program and their Teen Advisory Council will discuss their partnership and the best practices they have identified to increase awareness about issues surrounding sexual assault and bystander intervention. Casey Corcoran will highlight materials that students, parents and schools can utilize to accompany screenings of the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy.

Bystander Intervention 2.0: What Campuses Need to Know about Implementing Effective Bystander Training

Building 10 – G063/G064

Dr. Vicki Banyard, Professor, University of New Hampshire Department of Psychology

This session will explore in more detail how campuses can implement bystander-focused prevention strategies on their campus. The workshop will be framed by a new model of bystander action that outlines key leverage points for education and policy efforts.