Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, March 29, 2010

U.S. Department of Justice to recognize SAPAC

A Wednesday visit to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) by representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will showcase campus efforts to promote and support awareness of sexual assault and intimate-partner violence on campus.

Related events

Presentation: “SAPAC: A Coordinated Community Response to Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus”
2:15- 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Rackham Amphitheatre
(Reception with food and beverages afterward until 5 p.m.)
• Art exhibit: “REVOLUTION: Marking Art for Change”
8-9 p.m. Wednesday, Arts Lounge of the Michigan Union
• For more information, go to the SAPAC Web site.

Assistant Attorney General Ignacia Moreno and Susan Williams, associate director of the DOJ Office of Violence Against Women, will participate in a number of campus events that day. The visit is the last stop of a 12-university tour.

“We are honored by this visit,” says Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper. “It’s a great tribute to the hard work SAPAC has been doing over the past few years. Through partnerships with many departments, we are increasing awareness across campus and providing valuable resources to those who have been affected by sexual violence.”

Moreno and Williams will attend “SAPAC: A Coordinated Community Response to Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus” 2:15-3:45 p.m. at Rackham Amphitheatre. The presentation by university leaders and community partners will highlight SAPAC programs and accomplishments achieved through collaborative projects.

“Collaboration is key for our success as a whole,” says Anne Handeyside, SAPAC co-project director and crisis intervention specialist. “Our combined efforts allow us to share services and cross-train in many areas, which makes us stronger and more effective in our mission, and the DOJ has recognized the university for this.”

One agenda topic that has attracted national attention is the SAPAC Toolkit, “Striving for Justice: A Toolkit for Judicial Resolution Officers on College Campuses.” Created through a partnership with the Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR), the toolkit serves as a training and resource manual for individuals who participate as arbiters in cases related to sexual and intimate partner violence on campus.

Other campus partnerships and accomplishments to be discussed include the “Common Voice” video project, the 10-Point Promise with the Department of Public Safety, the Community Matters online tutorial with University Health Service, and the first-year workshops and training with University Housing. In addition, students will be discussing SAPAC’s three volunteer programs.

Moreno also will participate in a student-led tour of the fifth annual art exhibit “REVOLUTION: Marking Art for Change” created by SAPAC student volunteers. The exhibit, 8-9 p.m. in the Arts Lounge of the Michigan Union, will include food, music and spoken-word poetry, and will showcase artwork by several local and national artists. Moreno, along with U-M alumna Emily Kripitz, former SAPAC member and the driving force and creator of the original exhibit, will provide opening remarks.

The program will conclude with a personal reading from a student followed by discussion about the impact of sexual assault and intimate partner violence on campus.