The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) will fund education projects from 23 campuses designed to prevent sexual violence at Ohio’s colleges and universities. The funds are being awarded as part of ODHE’s Changing Campus Culture initiative.
More than $248,000 was awarded to two-year and four-year colleges and universities across Ohio to implement projects that inspire a community of shared respect. The award recipients and a brief description of the projects funded can be found here.
Work will begin immediately to develop a wide variety of prevention and response initiatives meant to increase dialogue, understanding, and overall awareness of the issues surrounding campus sexual violence. Funded projects will be reviewed for replication on other campuses.
Through the 2015 state budget, the Ohio Department of Higher Education was charged with developing model best practices for preventing and responding to campus sexual assault. A total of $2 million was allocated to support this work. To gain a better understanding of the diverse needs of Ohio’s colleges and universities, input was sought and received from campus presidents, advocacy groups, and campus and community experts statewide, and national trends and best practices were thoroughly researched. ODHE released the “Changing Campus Culture: Preventing & Responding to Campus Sexual Violence” report and recommendations, which build upon the existing work already under way on many Ohio college and university campuses. You may view that report here: https://www.ohiohighered.org/ccc/report