2018 Campus Prevention Network Summit in New Orleans
Over 600 people committed to preventing sexual violence on college campuses gathered in New Orleans last month for the Campus Prevention Network Summit (#CPN2018), hosted by EVERFI. This was the 10th year of the annual summit that features research, innovative ideas, and networking opportunities to build capacity and strengthen prevention efforts on college and university campuses. I had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans and represent PreventConnect.
The three-day summit was attended by higher education professionals and partners exploring strategies to strengthen prevention efforts on college campuses. The gathering featured keynotes and workshops focused on changing policies and organizational practices to support violence prevention, changing physical environments to prevent sexual violence, preventing sexual violence perpetration, community level strategies to address the nexus of alcohol and sexual violence, and the intersectionality of sexual violence and systems injustice. We know that prevention must be intentional, strategic, and comprehensive and the range of topics presented at the summit embraced that.
A highlight of the summit was the keynote address presented by Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement and Senior Director of Girls for Gender Equity. Tarana’s words to the attendees, “Be bold, dig deep – don’t just take back the night, take back your communities,” was a reminder that preventing sexual violence requires bold moves, innovation, creativity, and long-term investments.
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