Federal mandates and directives around Title IX and other initiatives have prompted an increased awareness of the need for college and university administrators to receive training about all aspects of campus gender violence policies and procedures, including prevention.
Senior MVP Strategies trainers conduct leadership training and prevention education for senior administrators from a range of campus departments, including: Dean of Students, Student Affairs, Public Safety, Athletics, Counseling Center, Health and Wellness, Residence Life, and Greek Life.
The training can be customized according to local priorities, but the overall focus is on the role of institutional leaders in the prevention of gender violence and other forms of interpersonal abuse and harassment, with a special emphasis on men’s leadership. Participants are introduced to cutting-edge pedagogical as well as institutional strategies.
The goal of the program is not only to brief administrators about MVP training, but to also help them develop tools to more proactively and effectively address sexual assault and relationship abuse prevention in their sphere of influence, both professionally and personally.
The many topics covered in senior leadership training include:
- Roles of senior administrators in creating and sustaining a campus climate in which sexual assault and relationship abuse prevention ideas and strategies are imbedded organically in institutional life, from the student body through professional staff, administration, and faculty.
- Paradigm shifts in the understanding of sexual violence and relationship abuse prevention as core leadership issues, especially but not exclusively for men, rather than "women’s issues" on which "good men" help out.
- Origins of “bystander intervention” in the effort to engage men in gender violence prevention efforts.
- Applicability of the bystander approach within workplace and professional peer cultures, as well as in student populations.
- Culturally competent approaches to gender violence issues in racially and ethnically diverse student populations.
- Better integration of alcohol and substance abuse education with sexual assault education.
- Roles and responsibilities of athletic and Greek subcultures in the area of sexual violence and relationship abuse prevention education.
- Importance of engaging not only students but also administration, faculty, and staff on these issues.
Senior MVP trainers also share lessons learned from more than 20 years of work on college campuses. This vast experience includes insights from senior administrators, students, coaches, student-athletes, senior officers, non-commissioned officers, and troops in every branch of the U.S. military services.