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Summer 2018 Newsletter
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Member Spotlight

Congratulations to Morgan Pettyjohn for recently becoming the Interpersonal Conflict and Violence Program Coordinator for MSU's Couple and Family Therapy Clinic. Her duties include training clinicians on how to appropriately and safely assess for intimate partner violence in couples seeking therapy at their clinic. Morgan also evaluates the violence screens and makes clinical recommendations for the different types of treatment couples should receive. Way to go Morgan!

Congratulations to Dr. Sudha Sankar for successfully defending her dissertation, Salient Cultural discourses, Socialization Experiences and South Asian Women's Agency in Intimate and Sexual Relationships. At the completion of the summer semester, Sudha will be starting a postdoc position with the Michigan Victim Advocacy Network (MiVAN) as well as the RCGV evaluation team. We’re excited for her contribution to both efforts!

Improving MSU's Campus Climate

RCGV faculty members are hard at work contributing to the transformation of MSU's campus climate, following the crimes of Larry Nassar and the realization that MSU's policies for crisis and other gender-based violence need to improve. Interim President John Engler assembled the MSU Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup, consisting of ten campus leaders who all bring their invaluable expertise on properly addressing sexual assault and relationship violence.

The RCGV members who are actively advocating within this group include chairperson Dr. Rebecca Campbell, RCGV members Drs. Carrie Moylan and Cris Sullivan and RCGV graduate student McKenzie Javorka who supports the workgroup’s agenda.
Since February, the workgroup has received more than 200 comments via the community suggestions and recommendations form and are still encouraging additional feedback. Part of the ongoing process for the workgroup includes meeting with campus stakeholders, strengthening training, and re-envisioning prevention.  This process has sparked the implementation of new actions including new positions in Office of Institutional Equity and reorganization of Title IX/OIE structure, New Title IX Prevention, Outreach and Education Office, additional staffing for the MSU Sexual Assault Program and new MSU Police protocol

For additional information on workgroup actions click here.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

The MSU School of Social Work has announced the expansion of the Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment (EBTT) Certificate for MSW students. This initiative is in collaboration with the MSU Sexual Assault Program and focuses on clinical work with survivors of sexual assault. Click here for more information about this upcoming training in July.

Job Corner
THERAPIST - Shelterhouse of Midland, MI         
Join the respected team of Shelterhouse professionals known for providing trauma-focused services to DVSA survivors and recognized as leaders in social change. Master’s degree and licensure in social work, counseling or a related field are required. Salary, benefits and extensive training are provided. To apply, email resume and cover letter to by July 8, 2018.

ADVOCATE - MSU Sexual Assault Program 
The qualified candidate  will serve as a Sexual Assault Program Advocate that provides short-term crisis intervention and advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault, serve as a consultant to campus partners and community members working with sexual assault victims, and give direct service to clients by providing in-person crisis intervention, safety planning, referrals, advocacy services and follow-up contact. The deadline for this application has been extended to July 10, 2018. Interested candidates can apply here.

Upcoming Events
The MSU Sexual Assault Program (SAP) responds to those impacted by sexual violence and works to create a community free of violence and oppression. If you or someone you know is an MSU student in need of service, check out their Summer 2018 Group Series which utilizes different forms of trauma-focused healing. It is free and confidential. For more information, please call 517-355-3551 or view additional details here.


Support RCGV Work   

We appreciate your generosity! Money donated to this fund is used to directly support research and outreach activities related to ending and preventing violence against women, and improving the community response to survivors. Contribute now. 

Our MSU Partners 

The Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence (RCGV) provides a collaborative, multi-disciplinary vehicle for Michigan State University faculty and students to engage in social action research that influences significant local, state, national and international practice and policy related to gender-based violence. 

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions on how we can serve you better, please 
 contact our Outreach Coordinator Nala Jackson at
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