This year, Pomona College and Scripps College joined the national nonprofit organization, Culture of Respect (see https://cultureofrespect.org/). Culture of Respect provides schools with a framework to assess and improve efforts to eliminate sexual assault from their campuses.
At the heart of the Culture of Respect is the “CORE Blueprint,” a six-pillar strategy on which college campuses focus their energy and attention. The CORE Blueprint pillars include: positive survivor support with options on reporting; clear policies on campus investigation, adjudication and penalties; robust, multi-tiered education at all university levels; public disclosure of sexual assault statistics and information; school-wide mobilization in partnership with campus organizations and student leadership; and on-going self-assessment.
Providing robust prevention and education programs and responding to sexual assault and sexual violence on college campuses has emerged as one of the top priorities for colleges and universities nationally and at Pomona College. Our partnership with Culture of Respect will deepen and expand our approach to prevention and education efforts by utilizing their expertise as well as conferring with our peer institutions about their approaches, successes and lessons learned.