Women's Center MVP program
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The Mentors in Violence Prevention Program (MVP) at the St. Cloud State University Women’s Center was visited by Livia Rojas, the Training and resource coordinator of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).
CALCASA’s Campus Program provides technical assistance, which includes campus visits and evaluations, to institutes of higher education that have received a U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Grant.
While on campus Rojas interviewed Sheila Johnson, Women’s Center VAWA Grant Coordinator, and two students who went through the Mentors in Violence Prevention training. The interviews are highlighted on CALCASA’s Web site.
“The MVP Program is a leadership program that empowers participants to play a central role in solving problems that historically have been considered ‘women’s issues’: rape, battering and sexual harassment,” said Lee LaDue, coordinator of the Gender Violence Prevention Program at the St. Cloud State Women’s Center.
The mixed gender, racially diverse MVP Program, composed of former professional and college athletes, motivates men and women to work together in preventing all forms of men’s violence against women.
“We are excited to implement the MVP Program for students in the fall,” said LaDue. “The program emphasizes the importance of belonging to a community and caring about one another, which is an important aspect of being a member of the St. Cloud State campus.”
U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Grants are designed to encourage institutions of higher education to adopt comprehensive, coordinated responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.