September 27, 2017

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IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC)
The purpose of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC) is to represent emergency management issues surrounding college and university campuses. What began in 2007 with a couple dozen higher education practitioners attending the IAEM conference in Orlando, FL is now an organization with over 200 members. Institutions of higher education (IHEs) are a part of the communities in which they reside and also take on special and sometimes unique considerations when assisting their campuses, students, faculty, staff, and visitors in preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating against emergencies. The UCC provides those who have a role in emergency management at their IHEs a voice on a national and international scale to ensure government and industry officials are addressing their needs.
In 2015 the UCC voted to restructure to allow for two types of members: general membership for emergency management practitioners; and associate members - or anyone who is not an emergency management practitioner. All members of IAEM are eligible to be members of the UCC. To be eligible to hold office in the UCC, and participate in the selection process for UCC officers, you must be a member of the IAEM-USA council and be an emergency management practitioner for an institution of higher education. Interested individuals may complete the online membership application to join the UCC. 

By expanding membership and incorporating technology to help connect its membership, the UCC has been able to implement several key projects aimed at assisting college and university emergency management practitioners. The first major project to be completed was the National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement (NIMAA). Following Hurricane Sandy, where campus emergency managers lacked mutual aid agreements to acquire critical resources necessary for effective response and recovery from the storm, the UCC formed a working group to develop an IHE mutual aid agreement and as a result NIMAA was created. NIMAA currently has 59 members from across the country and provides assistance for almost any type of emergency a member institution may suffer. NIMAA was activated two times during this year's hurricane season. The second major project is the UCC strategic planning effort to identify member needs and develop projects to address important issues. Polls, surveys, virtual planning sessions, and in-person sessions resulted in the creation of a work plan for membership to move forward on implementing priority projects. Key among the priorities is further refining and developing partnerships with other IAEM committees, campus specific associations in related disciplines, and federal partners. 

The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), in partnership with the UCC and the Disaster Resilient Universities┬« (DRU) Network, sponsored a nationwide study to identify emergency management program needs at IHEs. A research team from the University of Oregon Community Service Center conducted research, analyzed results, provided key findings, and developed a set of draft recommendations, which were vetted and refined by an advisory committee. The NCCPS, UCC, and DRU are continuing to collaborate towards addressing the identified needs.  

Those currently working in an emergency management position or assigned emergency management responsibilities at a college or university are invited to attend a two-day Universities and Colleges Emergency Managers Practitioners Symposium to be held on November 11-12, 2017 as part of the 65th Annual IAEM Conference in Long Beach, California. Registration (PDF) for the symposium is separate and has sold out the last two years. This symposium is designed to bring together higher education emergency management practitioners to share best practices and lessons learned, participate in problem solving sessions, network with colleagues, and get the latest information on programs targeting IHEs. The agenda currently includes such topics as:
  • DHS's Campus Resiliency Program
  • Creation of a Higher Eduction Emergency Management Program
  • Active Shooter/Active Threat Case Studies
  • Using Google Tools to Create a Virtual Emergency Operations Center
  • Making ICS work in Higher Education
  • Lessons Learned from Multiple NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Activations
  • What IHEs Need to Know About Disaster Cost Recovery
You may contact Caucus Chair Krista Dillon, University of Oregon director of emergency management, with questions about the UCC or Jeff Stevens, director of the Emergency Management and Communications Center at New York University, with questions about the symposium. 

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is observed nationally each October. Domestic violence affects men and women of all ages, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and religions, and happens regardless of sexual orientation. This violence occurs in both dating relationships and marriages, and occurs on and off college and university campuses.
The most recent data (PDF) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that nearly one in four women and one in seven men have experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime. As part of its efforts to stop domestic violence, the CDC released Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices (PDF) this year. This technical package was developed to "help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent intimate partner violence and its consequences across the lifespan" by compiling a core set of strategies based on the best available evidence.
In addition to the CDC's efforts, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) continues supporting several key initiatives to better understand, respond to, and prevent domestic violence. These include, but are not limited to:
  • The Domestic Violence Awareness Project that supports and promotes the national, tribal, territorial, state, and local advocacy networks in their ongoing education efforts through public awareness campaigns, strategies, materials, resources, capacity-building, and technical assistance. 
  • The Domestic Violence Evidence Project that was designed to help state coalitions, local domestic violence programs, researchers, and other allied individuals and organizations better respond to the growing emphasis on identifying and integrating evidence-based practices into their work.
  • VAWnet serves as the NRCDV's primary dissemination vehicle for domestic violence information and materials to the field on domestic violence policy, practice and research. 
If your organization or campus is interested in launching a campaign to support DVAM, the NRCDV has campaign ideas and artwork available. You can also create and register your own event or search for an event in your area on the NRCDV website.
For additional information and organizations that are affiliated with domestic violence prevention, please read our 2016 Weekly Snapshot article.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Bystander Intervention in Action: Training the How-Tos of Intervention
Organization: National Center for Campus Public Safety
Date: October 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Compliance U Four Corners of Title IX Training
Organization: ACPA - College Student Educators International
Dates: October 20-22, 2017
Location: Orlando, FL
Fee: Registration fee
Title: C.O.P.S. National Conference on Officer Wellness and Trauma
Organization: Concerns of Police Survivors
Dates: November 10-12, 2017
Location: Grapevine, TX
Fee: Registration fee

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.