Sexism, racism, ableism, and homophobia make people of color, those with disabilities, and trans individuals particularly susceptible to sexual violence. Experiences with institutionalized racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism may make it difficult for college students, faculty, or staff members from these marginalized populations to trust the campus support services designed to help them.
In order to adapt our system to the needs of these communities, UW-La Crosse has designated staff from areas of campus that serve these populations as Confidential Resources for sexual violence. Due to barriers presented by athlete culture, a Confidential Resource for student athletes is included. UWL Confidential Resources provide confidential support, information and referrals to services to members of our campus community who seek assistance. The Confidential Resource Program resulted in a 10% increase in referrals from underserved populations in its first year of operation.
• A.J. Clauss, Campus Climate Program Coordinator
• Andrew Ives, Student Services Specialist
• Antoiwana Williams, Director, Office of Multicultural Student Services
• Joel Luedtke, Assistant Director, Athletic Training
• Will Vanroosenbeek, Director of LGBTQA Services