Campus Safety and Violence Coalition 

If you would like to learn more about this group or have a question related to this topic, contact the chairperson listed below.

The purpose of the ACHA Campus Safety and Violence Coalition is:

  • To enhance efforts to recognize campus violence as a critical health and safety issue on our respective campuses.
  • To be a mechanism for the exchange of information, research based resources and tools to address the many impacts of campus violence.
  • To identify and disseminate best practices addressing campus safety and violence issues.
  • To provide continuing education, advocacy, and professional development across ACHA.

Please note: Any ACHA individual member (Regular, Student, Associate, or Emeritus) may join a coalition; however, only Regular Individual and Student Members may vote or hold office in a coalition.

Kim Webb, MEd
Washington University in St. Louis

Mary A. Wyandt-Hiebert, PhD, MCHES
University Of Arkansas-Fayetteville

Stephanie Hanenberg, FNP-C
Board Liaison
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

Brett Sebastian, JD
Staff Liaison

ACHA Letter Input to the Office of the Vice President and the Initial Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

On January 22, 2014, via executive memorandum, President Barack Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The aim of the task force was to create “an interagency effort to address campus rape and sexual assault, including coordinating Federal enforcement efforts by executive departments and agencies (agencies) and helping institutions meet their obligations under Federal law.”  The task force was charged with an initial report in 90 days.

During the “listening” phase of the task force’s work, ACHA leaders participated in two listening sessions organized by the White House to collect public input.  Additionally, ACHA sent a letter to the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women affirming the association’s interests in prevention of sexual assault, offering support to the effort from content experts, and providing ACHA-NCHA related survey data. This was followed by a direct conference call with the White House task force staff on April 2, 2014, to elaborate on earlier information provided and address the task force’s specific questions from the college health perspective.

Coalitions provide a multi-disciplinary, topic-oriented organizational mechanism with broad geographic representation for continuing education; advocacy; knowledge; standards; and professional development. They enhance channels of communication among members with different professional backgrounds to address common issues in college health and expand membership participation opportunities in the association. Coalitions serve as an information and consultative resource for ACHA members and other communities of interest, and help create informational and educational resources, guidelines, and/or best practices. They are available to advise the Board of Directors on relevant policy issues and plan, solicit, or facilitate programming at ACHA and affiliate annual meetings.