Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Prevention & Education

Alison Berk
Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator
berka@arcadia.edu
267-620-4853

The purpose of the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education is to prevent incidents of sexual and gender-based violence and improve the university's response to such incidents through: Streamlining efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence at Arcadia University through the Coordinated Community Response Team; Reviewing policies, protocols and procedures related to those efforts; Assisting campus community members in understanding and accessing the resources and services available to them if they or someone they know have experienced sexual or gender-based violence.

Our Focus Areas

Comprehensive Prevention

  • Oversee peer educator training and program management
  • Annual programming for Sexual Assault, Stalking and Dating/ Domestic Violence Awareness Months

Student Conduct

  • Train advisers & adjudicators
  • Develop campus understanding of the sexual misconduct process

Victim Services

  • Ensure campus community members are aware of services available to them
  • Train Public Safety personnel in sexual violence response
  • Train appropriate staff members to be trauma-informed
  • Develop a working relationship with local victim services organizations

Public Safety/Law Enforcement

  • Train Public Safety Develop a meaningful partnership between Arcadia University Department of Public Safety and law enforcement agencies

Our Services

Education

The Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education offers professional and peer-led workshops and programming to faculty, staff and students throughout the year on a varitopics such as bystander intervention, healthy relationships, changing campus culture, identifying warning signs and problematic behaviors, and responding to reports of sexual and gender-based violence. You can request one of our workshops on our website.

Support

While we are not a confidential resource on campus, we are happy to meet with campus community members to discuss options and services that are available to them. We are able to discuss what kinds of services certain offices offer, how university processes and policies work, how to get connected to a professional victim advocate or answer questions about how to help a friend.

Leadership

The Office of Sexual Violence Prevention & Education manages GoodKnights, Arcadia's Peer Education Program. Our peer educators are nationally certified by NASPA, receive annual and ongoing training and are responsible for presenting peer-led workshops and planning regular campus programming. Students develop a wide-range of leadership and facilitation skills related to education, activism, social justice, and community engagement.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OFFICE OF SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND EDUCATION

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