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
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Brett Sebastian, JD
ACHA Letter Input to the Office of the Vice President and the
Initial Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from
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.