VVSRL team awarded new NIJ grant

VVSRL team awarded new National Institute of Justice grant to support the development of a campus strengths and needs assessment with Tohono O’odham Community College
Dr. Tara Richards (UNO VVSRL), Raquel DeHerrera (Red Wind Consulting, Inc.), Alberta Espinoza (TOCC), Dr. Emily Wright (UNO VVSRL), and Victoria Ybanez (Red Wind Consulting, Inc.) at a TOCC site visit in 2019

This National Institute of Justice funded project (15PNIJ-21-GG-02809-RESS) supports a new partnership between Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) and UNO researchers Emily Wright, Ph.D. (PI) and Tara Richards, Ph.D. (Co-I) and doctoral student research assistant Sheena Gilbert.

Consistent with a community-based participatory approach, this project will first establish a TOCC Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Advisory Board with representation from TOCC stakeholders (i.e., students, staff, and faculty). The GBV Advisory Board will work collaboratively with UNO researchers to (1) complete an organizational assessment of TOCC’s strengths and needs for the prevention of and response to GBV on campus and among TOCC stakeholders, (2) identify areas for new partnerships or where partnerships may be strengthened to increase service capacity for GBV among TOCC stakeholders, and (3) develop a culturally centered campus climate survey instrument to assess TOCC stakeholders’ experiences with, knowledge of, and access to resources regarding GBV.

Findings from the proposed project will support policy and procedural changes regarding TOCC’s response to its stakeholders’ health, wellbeing, and GBV experiences; the culturally centered campus climate survey will be available for TOCC to identify areas of need and create necessary changes.

Project activities will also support a longer-term goal of applying for an Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) Campus Grant, which would provide TOCC funding to develop and strengthen culturally centered strategies to GBV and increase victim services and prevention education and awareness programs.

This collaboration will also provide a replicable model for other tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) that are interested in enhancing prevention and intervention efforts for GBV among their own stakeholders.