good morning I have privilege in the honor to introduce you to
Christi Hurt who’s going to talk to you this morning
about the Carolina women center as Ron Strauss indicated the Carolina Women’s Center
reports to the office of the Provost under the more than capable direction ofl
vice provost Carol Tresolini so you may be wondering what in the
world I’m doing appear to introduce somebody to talk about women center I
will get to that in a moment but I am more than happy to do this introduction
the Women’s Center as indicated, is housed in academic
affairs under vice provost Carol Tresolini and it exists
to promote gender equity across campus which is a simple but profound and
profoundly important mission the center works with faculty
with staff with students with members of the
community and engages in research outreach and advocacy all designed to
help UNC live up to the promise to being a place where everyone income and thrive grow and learn christi is a double Tar Heel who went away for a while but then came
home she is a graduate I’m 1993 graduate in
the undergraduate program in 1998 a graduate of the MPA program she had close to a 15-year career working in the
nonprofit sector a at the state local and national level working to end violence against women
she then spent approximately five years as an
independent consulting doing and he violence initiatives a in organizing an
organizational development she then came back to Carolina to become first the in a
room and and the director up the Carolina women center when we began work on renewing and working on the title
nine task force that you are all familiar with the spirit were over a year working hard to revolutionizing change the way we deal
with title nine and sexual violence issues on this
campus it was the easy decision to ask Christy believe that task force and she did and she did it in a way that I’m not sure anybody else could
have really done her leadership her decision making her
ability to communicate difficult issues or ability to listen
and understand people I have found to be unparalleled I am not exaggerating when I say I’m not
actually sure that that undertaking could have would
have been as successful as it was without christie’s leadership and she’s been so impressive in that role as well as in her role as the director
of the Women’s Center that I decided that she just had to be
engaged across this campus in the complete spectrum of things that
we do in student life and I was able to successfully convince her to become assistant vice chancellor for student
affairs and chief of staff for student affairs which is why I’m here introducing her today we also understood that the women senators not just
important as an academic enterprise but it goes to
the heart mccorvey everything that student affairs so she has continued in her role as the director of the
Women’s Center which she will do Intel we are successfully able to find a
replacement for herself she is an absolute Rockstar and I’m thrilled to be able to present
her to you and I’m gonna get out the way and let her do her thing the vision slurs made me blush Brighton start my presentation thank you
that interaction and thank you all for inviting me here today it is Indian honored to continue to
serve as the director the Carolina women’s center during its transition and it’s been a real privilege to come
back to UNC and wherein I was an undergraduate there was no Carolina in center and so being able to be a part
of something that for me is new to the campus community
and help evaluate how to be successful on this campus has been and is an honor
and a privilege and work I’m happy to be a part of the
Carolina women’s center is at hand University Center I need outside thing area the condoms
there’s a pan University Center serving faculty students and staff
across the campus the faculty students and staff across our campers are not a
static a good folks what they need and what
they see needs to be done on this campus changes every time staff students and
faculty change which is all the time for the killing a women center really
works to stay on top issues across the game is the impact
gender equity and oftentimes I get asked exactly what does the cannon center do and depending on the current needs which
are always evaluating that changes but what I wanna do is ground you today
and talk about what the count on is that has been doing over the past few years
at the vice-chancellor began to tell you a little bit about and where we find ourselves heart and
soul in the University I wanna tell you about two calls that I
typically get the start in every school year it’s a give you a little bit an entrance
way into what we do in my we do it the first call I want to tell you about
is from her father who called me this fall having just
wrapped up his daughter and one for residence halls for her first year here
Carolina after he got home you been doing a lot
of reading about what was going on around campus sexual assault across the
country gotten some very very worried and he
called me and asked tell me what are you doing to help make
sure my daughter’s safe here at UNC I’m worried sick help me know that she
say the second call I frequently get in this year came in
September was from another other daughter who had an recently disclosed that she
been a victim of dating violence and sheep in high school the family took this very very seriously
and over the course of her summer at home had gotten her health got her help and
resources and healing support to the delivered her back to the
Carolina campus in a much different place than she’d let the previously said
she’d made this disclosure and gotten the support home the mother was very concerned that there
would be enough resources for her daughter to continue this deep healing
work and called me a find out what we can
offer her daughter in both these cases I was able to tell them that the work at
the Carolina Women’s Center and how we’re going to be able to make sure there children haven’t they needed when
they’re here on campus the Carolina women’s center sits in the middle campus efforts to make sure that our
community is safe for everyone to thrive and we’re also here to help
people get support and services when it’s not and so in both those calls I was able to
tell are worried parents in all worried parents the media programs and services that will meet their children’s needs
it’s important to note from the outset that the counter Women’s Center serves
people are genders men women and women both receive services supporting HR
programs at the Women’s Center the winter’s focus on gender equity but
we do this work for everyone across the campus
in a variety of ways the five min program areas at the Carolina Panthers up here on the slide I’ll talk about in
a bit in more detail in the next few moments we are focus
heavily on individual support for survivors interpersonal violence we are also working on prevention
evolved forms interpersonal violence we have a very hefty student leadership
and engagement programme a faculty scholars program and ongoing
programming for staff across the campus the violence prevention and response
workers move the work has gotten the most attention on the Carolina money center over the
past few years given the current federal contacts in the needs of our campus
community there really has been no choice this is
when our campus has asked about us and we have aim to provide are gender violence services coordinator
is now what I call the most popular person on campus she sits in the Carolina Women’s Center
her position is funded entirely from a federal grant and she sees students faculty and staff
on a one-on-one basis to provide them with support and resources in the aftermath of an assault or when
somebody is finally ready to talk about this ultimate have been many years ago she and I’m not joking when I say
there’s has a line out her door and if you know the rates
of sexual violence on college campuses the current national rates are one in
five women will be affected by it interpersonal violence father in college and the what packages online going out
her doors no surprise so she does her work to provide that
one-on-one certain moment support intervention for folks and just buy the company mint party as
students faculty and staff who wanna make reports to law enforcement seek
medical support et cetera she is their person we also are very active inactive collaborator in
campus Haven trainings and Haven trains are really important
piece of our key this work we train everyone across the
campus whenever they’re willing to be engaged right how to support someone who makes a
disclosure we do this training again for faculty students and staff his anyone can be the first person that
somebody actually discloses to when they’re talking about their history and
violence we make sure the folks who go through
this training have information about resources and connection points to the appropriate referrals can be made
answer the folks who go through that training know the things to say and not say when
somebody makes that very very difficult disclosure that ratings very important to us every
October and every April were highly engaged in relationship violence
Awareness Month programming Sexual Assault Awareness Month
programming that summer ongoing education engagement work and we are also very proud and emerging
program they’re working with stories right now
on an program that nobody else has across the country this is new just for
us called the Delta advocate program where
one or two thanks for every one or two sisters never sorority have been identified who’ll get through
intensively trained around our prevention efforts and our response effort to more
effectively service points a contact in the Greek community for people who need help assistance for
wonder how they can be working to prevent violence we’re very proud of that program we do
this work because we want to we also do this work because there’s an
increasingly important federal context corroborating within you are very familiar with the
requirements around title nine Violence Against Women Act likely react that all work together in tandem to make
sure we have support and resources available for people who’ve been impacted by
violence these federal requirements also require that we have a robust
training education program to the every member of the campus
community has training on what the definitions around sexual violence
talking interpersonal violence sexual exploitation consent all are training every member this
campus community is no small job in the count on a women center sits in the
middle of those efforts these federal requirements of course
also come with penalties and we’d like to do this work because we
want to but also because we’re being strongly encouraged to do so from the
federal level and the cannon center is here to help
children that way for the University and work in
partnership with the other units that are dedicated to this work as well our Student Leadership and service work is perhaps the most inspiring piece work
that we do the my favorite question when students
come to the Carolina women’s and rest up the moment at the door I can and ask them so before you even
come into the Women’s Center what are you hoping to see what do you
want to be in your women center and over the course the past several
years that we listen to the students and really gotten out of their way so they could build the programs and
yeah opportunities that they want to see inside Amazon itself and so these this list
effective is that you see on slide are really all programs that have been
birth driven by the students we have alternative
break experiences wherein we dispatch students to eastern
and western North Carolina to go into service work and domestic violence shelters child
serving agencies rape crisis centers and so they can travel in really engaged
in their home communities around this work we are students are
dedicated to promoting women’s athletics to working on Creek your around people
with disabilities and interpersonal violence doing intensive media Discussions and we
are perhaps most proud of our Moxie project which is a year-long academic answer is
engagement project that culminates in students being placed in internships in a in the community and they receive a
stipend for doing full time work really having a chance to play into
practice to the classroom learning we also work with our faculty scholars and we have some faculty across the
University when you invest you there are doing innovative research on women’s issues over the past seven
years we’ve given granting awards to a wide ranging faculty ranging from
folks in the schools of public health and education and nursing to folks the department’s Asian Studies
religious eyes in computer science after supporting these individuals in
their research on topics ranging from everything on from access to lactation spaces to issues
relating to women splatter health we support these faculty members in
doing the research and coming back in presenting their findings the campus and so we continue to make
sure that work is iterative and giving back to the campus community
as well one of the toughest nut to crack at the cannon center is what we need to
be doing for Seth and the diverse staff needs our campus
are bad Ste in terms of gender equity work but
it really depends on what can a staff position we’re talking about what those
needs are there’s no wind have a staff person at
the University where folks at the senior executive level we have had written in
facilities we have folks who are full-time
part-time and all others with missus have experienced this year’s there’s no
one-size-fits-all when it comes our staff work what we have been committed to doing is
hosting focus groups really analyzing what the staff need here so we can build robust staff program to
meet and that needs what has really bubble that for us is
that the next issue that has allotted interest energy and traction are issues around her multi-generational
family needs sometimes I think this is parenting issues but also for staff
members who are working to support elders in their homes are in their
communities as well and so we hear a lot of needs for be resource bank for example %uh what
are the different through community resources our campus
reasons are for people who are addressing these needs we host the website perfect they can go
and see what child care is available where scholarships where lactation rooms on campus so we
try to serve as a hub have information so that people can
connect what we do and what we have here on campus and we also try to continue to collect
the sort ongoing listed needs so that you’re ready to take action
certain ball a little further down the field on these issues we are poised to do that
because we’re on top but those issues are this is my most important work that we
do for staff is that issue spotting across the campus south of course ours
are participants in the highly engaging our Haven trainings and we do provide one-on-one support
referrals to stop on a wide range issues having a women center is not
unique we are in a good collection of women’s centers across the university
system and I’m happy to say that we share resources and engage with the listeners across an are
friendly neighborhood universities and they’re very strong as honors that
we partner with the Women’s Center is in fact very central to the University in our reporting line
to the Provost’s Office we have a lot of them through regional
and to be able to coordinate and collaborate with campus units in all
departments and it’s incredibly important we’re
looking at our Browns prevention education work that everyone across the University be
able to collaborate with us and work with us in order to get that information and
figure out what these issues really mean and their schools and departments individually and uniquely we are not
duplicative than any other service on campus but do work in partnership and
collaboration in with everyone we possibly can we like
that huh approach our work at as somebody who is hopefully raising
to future Tar Heels and they like them there to future Tar
Heels I am really proud of the work at the Carolina Women’s Center and I like to think that when I’m not
nervous parents many years from now dropping off my first year student here
at a residence hall that the work that the Carolina moment
center is doing today will be a very big part at the change in culture answered
the climate and promotion health and safety for all of
our students and I rest assured that our all our students here are benefiting
from that work and I look forward to my children benefiting from that as well with an have to take any other questions
them any one thing I really do think it is
very very heavy investment and what it means to
support all of our staff faculty and students on parenting moderation of
family issues right now there’s still there so miles to go
before I sleep in violence prevention world by want to pick something else and so I would pick an investment
parenting support my family support yes be mmm mmm mmm mmm absolutely absolutely at the VAT survey
is going to give us exactly that snapshot and I’m really looking forward
to that data is not only will we have good incidence
and prevalence numbers but we will know what the unique cultural dynamics are
our campus somewhere we can apply our resources our engagement to really
make sure we’re looking at those on those challenging issues really
specifically when I worked in Washington State ended statewide anti-violence work their
Twitter all these national numbers that are really helpful when we actually stopped ended a
Washington state specific incidence and prevalence study it gives a phenomenal amount very
specific and specific information that helped us tailor our approaches in a way that no other state has been
able to do i think thats the AU surveyors when be ready for the campuses
that engage we’re gonna have specific information
it’s going to help a supplier resources very appropriately and I think we can absolutely get that
measure you mean on campus specifically ringe
general so it’s going to be really high I’m gonna
say it I wouldn’t say a hundred and gonna go 85-90 is very very high it was the case
is that are reported mom under the proposed guidance and
vice-chancellor crisps guns we are going to be working on alcohol in high-risk
substance use serve a task force as well and mother
test person specifically challenge I’m looking at the intersection of high-risk
substance use and violence it will absolutely be one
apiece considered by the task force I think looking at high risk substance
use and nine that one of the outcomes potentially hardest substances environment that supports that this
cultural challenges around and around violence is going to be a critical part that work mmm the great question and there is work
happening in fraternities and some other count on is it as a
partner in the Delta advocates program the one-act prevention program are
bystander intervention work does have a unique program is
specifically tailored for the Greek community than a number for attorneys
are very been engaged in nuts that work where we’re training
students to have to step in and be bystanders healthy bystanders
helpful bystanders when they see situations that could
become dangerous and that is happening in fraternities kristy are you optimistic that we’re making progress there’s been
so much conversation you know I’m I’m reminded of it earlier
presentation this is sometimes mediation makes it worse I don’t think that’s the case right now
course act like to note someone who’s been working you’re talking to people are we making progress are we poised to start making
progress that young people and have to work not just young people
that’s what our focus here are really getting involved in a wave owning this
my idiocy I am more than optimistic I am sure we
are definitely making progress in again and I tell students and I teach
leadership in violence prevention class and I’m tell students that when I was sitting in
their chairs see more than twenty years ago there was not a key and campus
conversation at all about anti-violence working about
violence incidence and prevalence at all on campus in nearly twenty years that
has entirely changed as one of the hottest topics on campus and we know at some level just raising
awareness can start changing behavior and i think that that happened but I also think that we are really
making great strides in making sure that we have a seamless education system that does hold people accountable when
bad things do happen and we are building prevention programs that work in many
different communities across campus that will hopefully make sure that these
fans never happen in the first place and one other things we know in this is
the challenge it a big institution is that in order to really prevent
violence we need to be looking at the unique factors inside each community and at Carolina and that’s not just one
community as all the difference for migrant
communities across campus and so we really are investing I think really
starting to invest in that really deep work around how we change
structures and cultural dynamics and I the actual feel the killing community
for every student here and I’m sure that work is not only
poised to happen but story to happen right now and that’s very exciting to me grisly
thank you thank you for thank you for making here
on a better place thank you and thank you to all love you presented a absolutely fantastic thank you so much
work in Chapel Hill and at the coast