Project EMBRACE

OVW Grant

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grant is a federally funded, three-year grant from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that runs from October 1, 2019-September 30, 2022. The purpose of the OVW grant is part of a broader effort under the logo, Project EMBRACE, which stands for: EMpower, Belief, Rights, Advocacy, Care, Equity.

To carry out the work of Project EMBRACE, CSB/SJU has formed a Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) that is made up of key stakeholders from across the CSB/SJU campuses and the greater community committed to creating campus culture that is dedicated to the prevention of and response to sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking (SADVS) through education, safety, and prevention efforts.

The CCRT values a campus and community response that embraces the following areas:
  • Coordination and accountability that encompasses working across campuses and communities to ensure trauma informed responses that are survivor centered.
  • Courageous work rooted in integrity and dedicated to the empowerment of each other to achieve progress toward the mission through fostering dialogue that values evidence-based practice, practice-based research, and self-care.
  • Diversity of membership that includes culturally relevant analysis, inclusion of underserved populations, and is representative of the voices of those impacted by interpersonal violence.

The CCRT will address sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking using the following considerations.

The CCR Team will be composed of multiple team members that encompass faculty, staff, students, and administration from the two connected campuses of College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.

Team members will include representation from student development, Title IX staff, counseling and health promotion, residential life, athletics, prevention programming, CSB campus security and SJU life safety, local law enforcement, and local victim service providers. The team was formed at the receipt of the OVW grant and has set goals that will reflect efforts needed on both campuses. The CCR Team is composed of representatives with expertise in the Clery Act requirements and work with the campus to disseminate the Annual Security Report with CSB Campus Security and SJU Life Safety taking the lead on this report.

The structure of the CCR Team is a self-managed team approach. This approach will embrace subcommittee teams that will meet as work groups in the areas of student conduct, victim services, law enforcement/campus security, and comprehensive prevention. This information will then be reported back to the full CCR Team at monthly meetings during the first year and quarterly meetings during the second and third years.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Michael J.M. Ewing, Ph.D., LP
Pronouns: he, his, him
Project Director, Licensed Psychologist
320-363-3236
Fax 320-363-3797
[email protected]

Tamara J. Hennes-Vix
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Project Coordinator, DOJ OVW Grant
CSB Lower Level Lottie Hall, Office 032
320-363-5943
Fax 320-363-3797
[email protected]