Minnesota’s First statewide summit on sexual violence prevention takes place at Metropolitan State

About 300 people from 57 colleges nationwide attended the the 2016 Minnesota Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit hosted by Metropolitan State June 9-10.

The purpose of the summit is to bring Minnesota colleges campuses together to connect, and to learn and engage in campus sexual violence prevention. The summit offered legislation, prevention and response workshops, as well as plenaries sessions for faculty. It is designed for teams of campus administrators and prevention staff (including Title IX Coordinators, student conduct workers, advocates, student health services staff, LGBTQ resource staff, etc.) to take away practical resources that will help campuses. 

The summit was a collaboration between the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Violence Prevention and Intervention concentration in the Department of Human Services at Metropolitan State University, MnSCU and MN Private Colleges.

The intended outcome is that attendees learn to:

1) implement effective, comprehensive prevention programs

2) share knowledge across campuses that call out resources and highlight successful programs

3) foster relationships among campus professionals who work to address sexual violence

Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Human Services at Metropolitan State, Roberta Gibbons, discussed questions about the summit; what it means to students, faculty, the state and beyond. She also opined about the Brock Turner case.  Listen to the discussion below.

Professor Roberta Gibbons