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6 Feb 2020

Regional Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

on February 6, 2020, at

The University of New Mexico

The Department of the Navy and The University of New Mexico are pleased to co-host the second Regional Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies: Achieving Cultural Change Through Data and An Evaluation Mindset.

Location: Student Union Building (SUB), The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This event advances the conversations held at the successful National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America's Colleges, Universities, and Service Academies (April 2019) and the first Regional Discussion, co-hosted with The State University of New York (September 2019).

Why attend? Experts from academia, the military, and other government agencies are coming together to discuss ways to eliminate sexual violence from our communities. This Regional Discussion will:
  • Attendance provides 6 NOVA approved Continuing Education Units.
  • Encourage the sharing of sexual assault and sexual harassment prevalence and reporting data to increase our understanding of these behaviors.
  • Provide methods and tools that increase awareness about and usage of program evaluation to ensure effective prevention programs.
  • Focus on key topics of relevance for research-driven institutions, colleges and universities with Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and veteran students, and campus climate experts.
Key Speakers include: Mr. Thomas B. Modly, Former Acting Secretary of the Navy, and President Garnett S. Stokes, The University of New Mexico; Dr. Elizabeth Hillman, President, Mills College; Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Russell L. Smith; Mr. John Kroger, Chief Learning Officer for the Department of the Navy; Mr. Joseph Storch, The State University of New York;

Who is the audience? Previous events brought together nearly 800 members of the academic and military communities who are passionate about ending sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Audience members will include: College and University Presidents, Chancellors, and Provosts, Vice Presidents for Student Affairs, Directors of college/university/service academy sexual violence programs, Title IX coordinators, Service sexual assault and sexual harassment program managers, Senior Military Leaders and Service Academy Superintendents.

"These events have been so much more than just 'discussions.'  Rather, these are amazing opportunities to speak directly to a "Who's Who" roster of people working to prevent and respond to sexual assault throughout the country.  These rewarding exchanges are like no other I've attended in quite some time."

Nate Galbreath, PhD, MFS
Acting Director
DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office
“There are no silver bullets or quick fixes; but there are opportunities to partner, share resources and best practices, conduct deep analysis of research, and work together to build safer communities.”

Joseph Storch
The University of New York

Thomas B. Modly
Mr. Thomas Modly
Former Acting, Secretary of the Navy

"Sexual harassment and sexual assault are unconscionable and inexcusable actions. These acts don't just attack the individual, they attack our entire Naval family and the ideals for which we all stand. I know that the leaders from colleges and universities who are joining us in this important regional discussion feel the same way about their institutions and their academic families. We must stand together, learn from each other, and declare together our common commitment to enabling our finest young people to stay focused on their mission and education without the threat of harassment and assault."

Ms. Melissa E. Cohen
Ms. Melissa E. Cohen

Department of Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

Click here for our Welcome to the Regional Discussion video.