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UW-Madison Culture of Respect Initiative

As part of campus efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and relationship violence, UW-Madison joined the Culture of Respect Collective in January 2020. The Collective is a two-year program that brings together institutions of higher education who are dedicated to ending campus sexual violence and guides them through a rigorous process of self-assessment and targeted organizational change.

The program is grounded in an expert-developed public health framework, cross campus collaboration, and peer-led learning to make meaningful programmatic and policy changes. As part of our participation, we receive strategic support and technical assistance throughout the process, as well as detailed documentation of campus-initiated changes that support survivors, prevent sexual violence, and communicate that violence is unacceptable.

View the timeline and components of UW-Madison’s participation in the Culture of Respect Collective.

To learn more or to get involved, email Amanda Jovaag at

UW-Madison Culture of Respect Team

A key component to the initiative’s success is its emphasis on collaboration. As such, we have convened a Culture of Respect (CoR) team to lead participation in the program. Representatives from the following groups have been invited to participate in the UW-Madison CoR Team:

  • ASM student representatives
  • Athletics
  • Center for the First-Year Experience
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
  • Faculty
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Gender & Sexuality Campus Center
  • Housing
  • International Student Services
  • McBurney Disability Resource Center
  • Office of Human Resources
  • Office of Inclusion Education
  • Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Rape Crisis Center
  • SAFEwalk
  • Student organizations such as EmBark, PAVE, Relationship FLAGS, Sex Out Loud
  • Title IX Program
  • University Communications
  • University Health Services
  • Unity Point Health Forensic Nurse Examiner Program
  • UWPD