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Dear Students and Faculty Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault,

This week marks an important step in our nation’s progress toward addressing violence against women on college campuses.  On April 28th, 2014, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released its first report. 

Futures collaborated with our partners—including the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School, National Women’s Law Center, National PTA, and Hollaback!—to submit feedback to the Task Force. We’re pleased to see some of our own recommendations make it into the final report, which calls for increased transparency and accountability, new tools for data collection, prevention programming, community partnerships, and trauma-informed responses that will help schools give students a safer college experience.

Calling for more comprehensive prevention efforts, the Task Force invites critical inquiry and in-depth conversation about the pervasiveness of gendered violence on college campuses.  How will you start the conversation?

In reading our fourth Campus Fellow blog post, consider how you can work across disciplines to collaborate at your school as healthcare students and violence prevention advocates.  This month, we are highlighting the education and prevention work of Alishka Elliott, a Campus Fellow at the St. Louis University School of Medicine who is doing just that:


They say that everything happens for a reason. My journey to becoming a Futures Without Violence Campus Fellow is a perfect example of this.  About 3 months prior to being accepted to medical school, I accepted a position at a local domestic violence shelter as the Health Coordinator. I had stumbled upon the position by chance—the fortunate result of a run-of-the-mill internet job search—but as soon as I read the description, I knew it would be a great fit for me. Just as I was “getting into the swing of things,” my acceptance letter to medical school arrived. While this was literally a (life-long) dream come true, having to leave my position at the shelter made it a bittersweet moment. I was elated to be going to medical school, but also disappointed that my time at the shelter had been cut short, before I could really affect much change there.


What I did not know at the time, was that at the end of my first year of medical school, Futures Without Violence would be accepting applications for its inaugural cohort of Campus Fellows for the Campus Leadership Program. Naturally, when this opportunity came my way, I knew that I could not pass it up!


Fast-forward to fall of 2013. I began planning out the details of what I needed to do in order to accomplish my goals as a Campus Fellow and met with Ariel Jones, the other Fellow on my campus, to discuss how we would collaborate. The first major undertaking was a series of events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October). One of the activities that we really wanted to see happen was an “In Her Shoes” simulation activity. Unfortunately, we had to postpone until spring. Upon realizing that the one interactive event that we had planned to host in October would not be possible, I began to feel a little apprehensive about whether or not the other events that we had lined up would be “enough”. But I knew that all I could do is hope for the best, so I did just that. 


We invited the Children's Program Coordinator at St. Martha's Hall, a local DV shelter, to speak at our first “lunch-and-learn” talk. She spoke about the impact of domestic violence on children and how physicians can assess for domestic violence issues within the pediatric population. There, one of the leads for the Health Resource Center (the School of Medicine’s student-run community clinic) contacted me to inquire about getting safety cards for the clinic. She said that the talk “got [her] thinking a lot more about what [they] can do at HRC, to do [their] part in ending domestic violence among [their] patient population.”


Afterward, I felt a wave of relief, excitement, and inspiration. I was reminded of a great quote from Robert Kennedy, in which he says “ Each time [someone] stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he [or she] sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” My concerns about the talks not being “enough” immediately melted away, and were replaced by a feeling of contentment and satisfaction. The way I see it, if just one woman in an abusive relationship takes a card from the HRC restroom and goes on to get the help that she needs, that is more than enough.


My faculty advisor, Dr. Dave Schneider, readily agreed to speak about the role of the physician in assessing and supporting patients who may be victims, as well as how to address the issue both sensitively and effectively.  He even helped to brainstorm eye-catching title: “Domestic Violence: A Not So Silent Epidemic--Your Role as a Medical Professional”.  Both of the talks were very well attended, with about 35 students and faculty at each.


Securing a speaker for the third talk proved to be more difficult than I had anticipated. Ariel and I had decided that we wanted this talk to be on the topic of the intersectionality of culture and domestic violence. It took 3 failed attempts before someone agreed to speak on this topic—and not just for the usual scheduling conflict reasons. More than one of the potential speakers expressed apprehension at the idea of addressing domestic violence in the context of cultural differences because of historical misrepresentations of domestic violence as an issue that only affects certain races or socioeconomic classes. Their concern was about further perpetuating misconceptions. I acknowledged that this was indeed a misconception, and emphasized that the goal of this talk would be to highlight the circumstances in which ignoring cultural and racial differences could actually be to the disadvantage of a victim.


As I racked my brain for potential speakers, I remembered the name of a PhD Candidate at the Brown School of Social Work, whose primary research interests included intimate partner violence and women’s health, and rural populations. Annah Bender, was more than happy to speak to students on this topic, and another successful and well-attended talk ensued.


I share the detours (not roadblocks) that I encountered so that my colleagues can be reminded that it is not just you who may be encountering a bit of a bumpier road than you anticipated. My experience so far as a Campus Fellow has been extremely rewarding.  Each detour taught me something and/or reinforced my belief that everything happens for a reason. Most importantly, I have been reminded that anything we do for the betterment of society is never done in vain; every event we host, and even the brief conversations we are all having about what it means to be a Campus Fellow—each of those is a seed planted, which we may not always see the fruit of, but we can rest assured that it is taking root in someone along the way.  And in that way, we are each “[being] the change that we wish to see in the world” (credit: Mahatma Ghandi).


--Alishka Elliott


This story is the fourth in a series of posts we'll share with you that reflect the work of Futures' Campus Fellows.  If you are interested in becoming a Campus Leadership Fellow and improving existing or implementing new gender-based violence prevention and intervention programs on your campus, feel free to contact me for resources and support.  Applications for the 2014-2015 program will be distributed shortly.  I look forward to hearing from you!



Jane Pomeroy

FuturesWithout Violence

CampusLeadership Fellow






May 11-17
National Women's Health Week

Office of Women's Health


May 12-16 in Stockholm, SE
5 Days of Violence Prevention

FFV Våldspreventivt Centrum


May 13 in Atlanta, GA
Culturally Diverse: Intimate Partner Violence in Latino & African American Communities

Georgia Latin@s Against Domestic Violence


May 13 (webinar, 2:00-3:30 pm ET; part 1 was 5/6)
Moving Beyond "Mean Girls:" Building Girls' Coalition Groups (part 2 of 2)

Hardy Girls Healthy Women


May 13 (webinar, 1:00 pm ET; part II is scheduled for 5/22)
An Overview of the Recently Released FAQs from the U.S. Department of Education on the Title IX Dear Colleague Letter (part I of II)

The NCHERM Group and Association of Title IX Administrators


May 13 in New York, NY
RISE4JUSTICE: Christine Schuler Deschryver In Conversation with Eve Ensler

V-Day and ABC Carpet & Home 

Buy tickets or watch live online:




May 13 in St. Pete Beach, FL
Trauma Informed Care Pre-Summit

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and Florida Council Against Sexual Violence


May 13-14 in Seattle, WA
Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships to Respond to Sexual Assault

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs


May 14 (webinar, 3:00-4:30 pm ET)
Human Trafficking: The Role of the Health Care Provider 


Futures Without Violence



May 14 (webinar, 1:00-2:30 pm MT)
Sexual Violence Against Native Elders

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center


May 14-16 in St. Pete Beach, FL
2014 Biennial Sexual Violence Training Summit: Through a Different Lens

Florida Council Against Sexual Violence


May 15 (webinar, 2:00-3:00 pm ET; part 4 scheduled for 5/22; parts 1-2 were 5/1 and 5/8)
Trauma and Gender Webinar Series: Trauma-Informed and Gender-Responsive Structures of Care (part 3 of 4)

Olga Phoenix Project: Healing for Social Change


May 15-16 in Los Angeles, CA
Because We Have Daughters Workshop

Transforming Communities and Men Stopping Violence


May 15-16 in Russellville, AR
Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminar

 Clery Center for Security on Campus


May 16-17 in Alexandria, VA
Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation 2014 Summit

Hosted by Morality in Media and, and co-sponsored by Leadership Institute and e.p.i.k.


May 20 (webinar, 3:00-4:30 pm ET; parts 5-6 scheduled for 6/10 and 7/24; parts 1-3 were on 2/25, 3/13 and 4/22)
Girls Matter! Digital Girls: Confession, Connection and Disconnection (part 4 of 6)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


May 20-23 in Indiana, PA
Inaugural REACH Conference ~ Understanding and Responding to Violence and Trauma: A Community Health Initiative

Indiana University at Pennsylvania's Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute and Center for Applied Psychology


May 21 in Washington, DC
41st Anniversary GalaAyuda.

May 22 (webinar, 1:00-3:00 pm ET; part I was 5/13)
An In-depth Analysis of the Recently Released FAQs from the U.S. Department of Education on the Title IX Dear Colleague Letter (part II of II)

The NCHERM Group and Association of Title IX Administrators


May 28-29 in Bentonville, AR
Implementing CAST in Your Community College

Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center


May 29 (webinar, 1:00-2:15 pm ET)
Introduction to Child Sex Trafficking for Healthcare Professionals

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children and Georgia Governor's Office for Children and Families

 Note: Registration is intended for Georgia healthcare professionals:


May 29 (web conference, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PT ~ repeat from 5/27)
Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus: Implications for Prevention



May 30 (webinar, 9:00-11:00 am PT)
Redefining Our Work to Meet 21st Century Challenges ~ Competitive Funding, Increased Use of Technology, Cross-sector Collaboration & More

Transforming Communities






Violence Prevention Outreach Manager


San Francisco, CA




Environmental Health Specialist

Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service

Sisseton, SD


Program Manager – Violence Prevention

Child, Adolescent, and Family Health Bureau

Boston, MA


Temporary Gender Based Violence Assistant

International Medical Corps

Washington, DC


Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative Project Manager

Philadelphia Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative

Philadelphia, PA


Health Promotion Coordinator

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Associate Director for Interpersonal Violence Education and Services

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA


Director of Health and Wellness Services

Arizona Western College

Yuma, AZ


Coordinator – Sexual Assault Prevention and Education

Oklahoma State University

Corvallis, OK


Wellness and Health Promotion Coordinator

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA


Staff Clinician

University of Colorado

Boulder, CO

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