Trainings & Conferences – Minnesota Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit

Trainings & Conferences
2017 Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit
June 27 and 28, 2017

About the Summit

Our purpose is to share best practices and experiences for effective response to and prevention of sexual violence, dating violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. Designed to create a sense of shared community, the Summit brings together teams of campus administrators, prevention staff, and community partners from throughout the state to improve prevention of and response to sexual violence.


St. Cloud State University

Registration is now open!

Register today at St. Cloud State University for the 2017 Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit.

  • Registration deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 13 $140/person
  • Campus or organizations registering four or more people will get a discount of $10/registrant.

Out of town attendees

We have arranged for a block of rooms at the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn in St. Cloud for attendees who need lodging.

You can book your Best Western Plus Kelly Inn room online OR call the Kelly Inn directly at 320-253-0606 for information and reservations. Mention the 2017 Minnesota Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summitto receive the $99 event rate.

For those seeking a lower cost option – and an opportunity to relive your college years – a block of rooms has been reserved on SCSU Campus. Single room daily rate, which includes linen service: $37 per person/per night; Double room daily rate: $26 per person/per night. To reserve your dorm room at Mitchell Hall – renowned for its backyard on the Mississippi River – please contact Kenny Hendrickson at


  • Title IX Coordinators
  • Prevention Staff
  • Student Life
  • Conduct Officers
  • Campus Security
  • LGBTQIA Resource Center Staff
  • Student Health Services
  • Counseling and Wellness Staff
  • Confidential Campus Resources
  • Faculty
  • Campus and Community Sexual Assault Advocates
  • Student Activists and Leaders

Summit Program

Spotlight Workshops

Sexual Misconduct Sanctioning with Patti Klein and Karla Rutter Benson

  • An opportunity to hear how others are addressing sanctions for students found responsible for sexual misconduct including opportunities for questions and discussion

Trauma-Informed Interviewing Practices with Caroline Palmer

  • Fulfills MN statutes training required on dynamics of sexual assault, neurobiology of trauma and best practices for investigating sexual assault

Using a Sex Positive Approach to Address Sexually Problematic Behavior with Deborah McDaniel-Dunn and Erin Marrone

  • Learn from those who work with people with sexual behavior problems about their work to teach healthy sexuality and safe boundaries.

Is the Pendulum Indeed Swinging? Increasing due process and respondent rights with Jill Dunlap

  • A discussion based session on the perceived swing towards respondent rights.

Keynote Speaker Tuesday, June 27

Student Activism on Your Campus: Listening, Learning, and Engaging

Mahroh Jahangiri from Know Your IX will be our Opening Plenary speaker. Jahangiri is the Executive Director of Know Your IX. She will discuss how to listen and engage with student activists on college campuses.

Students activists are using Title IX to fight gender-based violence and create paths for justice and healing within a civil rights framework, beyond a criminal legal system that often harms survivors. This keynote will explore the transformative nature of student-led Title IX activism since 2013 and as it stands today, and analyze the urgent threats faced by survivors in this hostile environment. This keynote will be an opportunity for students, advocates and allies to learn how to support and engage with youth activists fighting for our civil right to learn free from violence.

Keynote Speaker Wednesday, June 28

Cultivating Community Engagement and Culture Change To End Sexual Violence

John J. Choi, Ramsey County Attorney As the Ramsey County Attorney, John Choi has been focused on improving community and systems responses to sexual violence. He was a leader in launching Ramsey County: A Start by Believing Community to create a culture where victims feel more empowered to report their abuse and to develop an infrastructure of response, which improves outcomes for victims – one response at a time.

He will talk about experiences working with colleges throughout Ramsey County and his public advocacy to replace harmful social norms and paradigms with new ones that lead to better outcomes for women and men.



Discussion Based Round Tables

Round Table: Sexual Misconduct Sanctioning

Patti Klein and Karla Benson Rutten

During this round table the facilitators will share their experiences with decision making and sanctioning in sexual misconduct cases and then open up the conversation for group discussion that will provide the opportunity to ask questions and learn from each other.

Discussion Based Round Tables

Is the Pendulum Indeed Swinging? Increasing Focus on Due Process and Respondent Rights on Campus

Jill Dunlap

Join us for this round table where we will discuss what is behind this alleged shift toward more emphasis on respondent rights in campus sexual violence cases and what other efforts are shaping the campus sexual violence. 

Multi-Disciplinary Teams

"So, you want to start a team...": Key considerations and practical strategies for building your sexual assault protocol team

Shereen Reda

This interactive workshop will help campus students, staff, and faculty understand key considerations in forming an on-campus sexual assault protocol team, gain practical strategies for team development and coordination with local law enforcement, and create customized action plans to use on their campuses.


Putting it all together: Using the principles of effective prevention to develop your prevention programming

Yvonne Cournoyer and Hannah Laniado

This interactive workshop focuses on how to use the available theories and research about what works for prevention, and apply it to prevention ideas and activities you may be doing or planning to do on your campus. Come with your ideas and we'll help you turn them into specific actions you can do to get started on primary prevention.


Trauma-Informed Interviewing Practices

Caroline Palmer

This workshop will explain the neurological and investigative reasons why trauma-informed techniques are particularly helpful when working with victim/survivors of campus sexual assault.


Keeping Our Students Safe: Strategies for a Victim-Centered Response to Stalking, Harassment, and Relationship Violence on Campus

Traci Thomas-Card

This highly interactive workshop will go over the various forms of stalking, harassment and relationship violence experienced by students, staff and faculty on campus. Participants will share ideas, ask questions, and create a safety-planning checklist to take back to their campus.

Traditionally Marginalized Populations

Providing Effective Prevention Education for Study Abroad and International Students

Lee LaDue and Dave Stobe

This workshop will provide the elements of effective prevention education for both students studying abroad and international students. We will preview a new international student program about consent, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, campus policies and laws, LGBTQ related terms and issues that creates a cultural understanding of these issues in the United States.

Traditionally Marginalized Populations

“For colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is Enuf “

Sharai Sims

This dramatic presentation highlights issues of domestic violence, abuse, abortion and rape. After the performance, the actresses will lead story circles to discuss questions surrounding relevant human rights and social justice issues through stories and narratives.

Other College Health Services: Collaborative approach to meet the needs of students screening positive for sexual and relationship violence Stacie Black

This workshop addresses health care teams using population-based screening within a student health clinic to identify students who have experienced or are experiencing sexual or relationship violence. It will also discuss how campus services can collaborate to meet the needs of students who screen positive, the barriers that can arise and how to work through those barriers while keeping students at the center.




Confidentiality, Collaboration, and Compliance: Why Exempting Community-based Advocacy Programs from CSA Designation Doesn’t Violate Clery

Traci Thomas-Card and Noelle Volin

This interactive workshop will equip participants with foundational knowledge and practical strategies for protecting victim confidentiality, effectively collaborating with community-based sexual assault advocacy programs, and complying with applicable state and federal laws. 

Discussion Based Round Tables

Community & Technical College Round Table: Collaboration on Best Practices

Charles Frame

This round table session provides a forum for administrators and members of Title IX teams at two-year colleges to share best practices, the numerous successes and challenges facing two-year campuses, and opportunities for continuous improvement and collaboration across the state system.

Multi-Disciplinary Teams

Community Partnership - Higher Education and Local Police Departments; a Model Relationship

Jerry Bulisco and Kevin C. Whitlock

This session will inform how St. Cloud Police, Student Life and Development, Public Safety, Womens' Center, Residential Life, Title IX, BIT Team and others come together to make our campus and community a safer, more welcoming place.


Ending Rape: Social Change Approach to Sexual Violence Prevention

Keith E. Edwards

This presentation defines and explores the realities of sexual violence, critiques traditional approaches on campus and in society in general, and reframes how we can approach sexual violence prevention proactively. 


Using a Sex Positive Approach to Address Sexually Problematic Behavior

Deborah McDaniel-Dunn, LPCC and Erin Marrone, M.A.

This presentation shares information about healthy sexuality/safe boundaries programming as both a prevention and intervention strategy in response to sexual violence, and how it fits within an educational setting.

Traditionally Marginalized Populations

Supporting Asian American Victims and Survivors

Bao Lee and Hedy Tripp

In this session, we will share data on Asian American women’s experiences with sexual assault and harassment. We will then discuss ways institutional resources and advocates can provide confidential and comprehensive support for Asian American women.

Traditionally Marginalized Populations

Survivors in Transition: campus sexual violence and the transgender community

Riley Jay Davis

This workshop addresses the experiences of specifically transgender and queer college students in their journey toward accessing support and resources from a sexual assault experience. CONTENT WARNING: we will discuss sexual assault, trans misogyny, cissexism, homophobia and transphobia.


Sexual Assault: No means no criminal charges?

Tara Ferguson Lopez and Therese Galatowitsch

This presentation will discuss the issues that impact and inform a prosecutor's decision on whether to file criminal charges, including consent, alcohol-related sexual assaults, and delayed reporting.


Students Wanted: Exploitation and Recruitment Into The Sex Trade

Rebecca Kotz

This workshop will equip you to recognize and respond to students who are being sexually-exploited and trafficked on campus.


Multi-Disciplinary Teams

Incorporating Colleges and Universities into a County Protocol Team

Heidi Goettl and Emily Huemann

This session will discuss how the incorporation of the C/U subcommittee started, the subcommittees protocol, and the process that the team agreed upon.


It’s On Us. Changing the culture on two-year campuses.

Brenna Hucka and Jenn Rassett

This workshop will highlight the strategies Hennepin Technical College & Century College are using to change the culture around sexual assault, violence prevention, and create a welcoming and inclusive community for all.


BEST Party Model: Preventing sexual assault on campus by re-shaping party culture

Sean Elmquist and Molly Josefson

Focusing on changing parties can play a huge role in promoting gender equity and preventing sexual violence. Using the concepts of primary prevention, participants will be able to identify ways in which party environments can be shaped to prevent violence while creating safe, respectful and fun spaces for all students.


PACT (Prevent. Act. Challenge. Teach): A Comprehensive Bystander Intervention Program

Heather Gerdes

In the fall of 2014 as a part of the RE Initiative, WSU established a peer advocacy and education program that for the first time offers students on-campus victim services as well as a comprehensive bystander intervention program. 


Healing the Healers

Julie Smith

Learn how one agency is collaborating with mental health professionals to help “Heal the Healers.”

Traditionally Marginalized Populations

It (Also) Happens Here: Discussing Sexual Assault & Misconduct in the Context of LGBTQ+ Students

Adrienne Conley

This workshop reviews the results of the American Universities (AAU) Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct and considers what these results may mean in terms of best practices for higher education professionals.   

Traditionally Marginalized Populations A Holistic Approach to Serving Chicana/ Latina Survivors of Sexual Assault Evelyn Melendez

This workshop is for professionals serving the Chicana/Latina community as well as for those who want a better understanding of the unique difficulties these survivors face. We will highlight the complexities of Chicana/Latina survivors of sexual assault and a more holistic understanding of Chicanas and Latinas.

Traditionally Marginalized Populations An African cultural context on Sexual Assault prevention and education Comfort Dondo

This workshop highlights suggestions and recommendations for campus administrators and staff to know about students of the African Diaspora in order to culturally respond to their needs. This includes Africa 101, culturally specific and appropriate services and historical context to meet the needs of sexual abuse victims and survivors from marginalized communities.


Ending Sexual Assault on Campus Through a Student’s Perspective.

Tia Hinz

Peer-to-peer education is critical to help end sexual assault on college campuses. Hear from a student about the work she has done and her ideas for what the administration and faculty members need to do in order to facilitate peer-to-peer education.  



Campus versus Criminal Investigations: Knowing the Process, Roles, and Goals of Title IX Sexual Assault Investigations

Traci Thomas-Card

This highly interactive workshop will allow participants an opportunity to learn from MNCASA staff the process and people typically involved in Title IX sexual assault investigations. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to craft an action plan to bring back to their institution.


St. Olaf and Title IX- A Work In Progress

Erica Staab-Absher and Kaelie Lund

This presentation will chronicle the inner workings of the St. Olaf Title IX Working Group formed in 2016 in response to student and alumni protests and demands for change in how St. Olaf responded to sexual assault.


Record-keeping and Title IX: Waiting for a response from Kathryn Nash

Kathryn Nash

This session will provide an overview of your institution’s obligations to maintain records relating to complaints of sexual misconduct or other Title IX-related complaints. There will be a panel discussion with Title IX Coordinators highlighting best practices they have developed and implemented at their institutions and lessons learned from their experiences.

Discussion Based Round Tables

Round Table: Conducting Title IX Investigations

Tina Marisam and Gabrielle Mead

This workshop will provide a space for participants to discuss the particular challenges of conducting Title IX investigations on college campuses and share best practices and strategies for assessing credibility of parties and witnesses, and assessing incapacitation due to drugs or alcohol. 


This Matters @ Mac: A Comprehensive Approach to Sexual Violence Prevention

Karla Benson Rutten and Laura Linder-Scholer

This workshop will walk participants through Macalester's comprehensive four-pronged framework for sexual violence prevention, campus engagement in these efforts, and the strengths, challenges and opportunities for future growth. 

Traditionally Marginalized Populations

People with Disabilities are on Your Campus and are Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence Too: Engaging in Inclusive Prevention and Response, Awareness and Understanding,

Nancy Fitzsimmons

This workshop emphasizes how the campus engages in prevention, outreach, and response to sexual violence and other forms of interpersonal violence experienced by people with disabilities. We will discuss barriers to, and strategies for, inclusive practices.

Traditionally Marginalized Populations

Supporting Native Survivors of Sexual Violence

Amanda Watson

This workshop will address unique considerations for providing support to Native survivors of sexual violence on campus. Topics include the disproportionate rates of violence against Native students, links to historical violence, best practices for providing culturally-relevant services, and recommendations from Native survivors from multiple campuses.


Learning from our Students: Implementing a sexual violence climate study on campus

Jane Olsen and Ellyn Bartges

This session offers an overview of one campus’s efforts to conduct a student sexual violence climate survey and the many lessons we learned along the way.  Initial findings will be shared, as will multiple resources and data sources.


Leadership and promoting campus Inclusion for all students

Carl Crawford and Keith Turner

An open discussion on the recruitment and retention of students of color and the importance of higher education.  

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Yvonne Cournoyer at or 651-288-7444.

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