Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

The Respect Program in the Office of Health Promotion engages the Emory community to prevent and respond to sexual assault and relationship violence.

To fulfill our mission, the Respect Program:

  • Engages in population-level promotion of an Emory community free from sexual and relationship violence
  • Provides workshops, events, education, training, campaigns, and guest lectures related to building healthier relationships, consent, survivor support, and other topics related to sexual assault and harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking
  • Works with critical subpopulations such as first year students, fraternity and sorority members, LGBTQ students, and men.
  • Empowers students as leaders through student organization involvement, course collaborations, internships, and student staff positions
  • Advocates for individual students through confidential consultation, crisis intervention, and referral
  • Ensures the inclusion of a wide diversity of people and constituents to increase accessibility to all groups
  • Collaborates and partners to develop, communicate, and implement sustainable strategies to prevent sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and stalking as well as all forms of oppression
  • Promotes assessment, data collection, ongoing development, and research to ensure the Respect Program participates actively in the broader university community

Vision & Philosophy

The Respect Program envisions an Emory community where all students “learn, work, play, and love”* without experiencing or fearing sexual assault or relationship violence.

We are committed to the belief that all undergraduate and graduate students have the right to a violence-free, supportive community. We are ending sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking at Emory by promoting social change on multiple levels, centering on empowering students as agents of positive transformation.  We are creating a campus where survivors are not blamed for the violence perpetrated against them.  We maintain a balance of educating the Emory community, advocating for survivors and responding to crisis, increasing campus safety, encouraging bystander intervention, empowering students as leaders, and advocating for proactive change at all social and institutional levels. 

*World Health Organization, Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, first version 1986.

 

Values

Student Empowerment– Respect fosters student growth and leadership by proactively engaging students in all levels of our work.  Students are at the center of all of our work. We strive to create a safer, more supportive campus and to provide survivors with as much information as possible to make decisions and seek support.

Social Justice and Inclusion – Respect sees abuse and violence as inextricably linked to oppression.  We encourage the Emory community to challenge all forms of oppression and to ensure access to support and leadership opportunities for students of all identities.

Advocacy- Respect provides a confidential space for students to discuss their experiences and advocacy to provide them with help and support. 

Collaboration – Respect engages with individuals, groups, programs, and communities, as all members of the university community are part of creating a violence-free campus.

Excellence – Respect promotes assessment, data collection, ongoing development, and research to strengthen its program as well as the field of sexual violence prevention and response.

*Based in part on the University of Michigan’s SAPAC Program and Harvard University’s OSAPR visions, philosophies, and values.  Developed in collaboration with members of the Emory University community.