NOVA Campus Program

NOVA Campus Program

NOVA’s Campus Advocacy Training is a live virtual training designed to meet the growing need for specialized, skill-based trainings for campus victim advocates.

NOVA Campus Program

NOVA Campus Program

NOVA’s Campus Training and Technical Assistance Program

The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is committed to upholding excellence in the field of victim advocacy including campus coordinated community response to address gender-based violence. NOVA’s Campus Training and Technical Assistance Program goal is to provide trauma-informed, accessible, inclusive and culturally responsive training, technical assistance, and support to all campus victim assistance staff and community partners working with institutions of higher education. Our training and programs are created to promote an evidence based standard of knowledge among those serving victims/survivors of violence and trauma to ensure each victim/survivor receives a level of care and respect that empowers and promotes their wellbeing while enhancing institutional response to gender-based violence.

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We offer a variety of opportunities, including:

 – The NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT) that is a 30-hour advanced training academy focused on building participant’s knowledge and skills to prevent and respond to sexual assault, stalking and interpersonal violence in higher education. 

 – Training and Technical Assistance on the development, capacity-building, and sustainability of Coordinated Community Response Teams (CCRTs) to prevent and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking for campuses funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

 – Host webinars and gatherings with campus victim assistance staff and community partners working with institutions of higher education to provide meaningful training and updates on promising practices, and space to connect with peers in brave spaces that provide with the exchange of strategies and allows for connections to grow and expand the work.

 – Customized training and technical assistance to higher education institutions, community partners and government agencies, working to support campus efforts around gender-based violence, specially about coordinated community response.

 – For NOVA members, we offer individual technical assistance consultations on campus response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking; as well as consultations on ethical dilemmas as part of NOVA’s Office for Victim Advocacy Ethics.

NOVA Campus Program Staff:

 – Shannon Collins, Director of NOVA’s Campus Training & Technical Assistance Program
 – María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá, Assistant Director of NOVA’s Campus Training & Technical Assistance Program
 – Morgan Parrotta, MSW Intern
 – Nicole Labazzetta, MSW Intern

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What is the NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT)?

Offered through our National Advocacy Leadership Center (NALC), the NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT) is a 30-hour advanced training academy focused on building participants’ knowledge and skills to prevent and respond to sexual assault, stalking and interpersonal violence in higher education.  Graduates of this unique academy may be eligible to apply for the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)®’s new “Campus Advocacy Specialist” Credential. The Training will be delivered using a blended-learning approach, which includes eight (8) consecutive weeks of virtual training and self-paced outside assignments designed to foster classroom discussion.

Registration for the Winter 2022 NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT) has closed.

Who should apply?

You must be a campus-based advocate or community-based advocate providing services to campus students to apply. There is no prerequisite to take the course, however, those enrolling should already have reasonable foundational knowledge in victim services.

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When is the training offered?

The NCAT 2021 will be held each Wednesday from January 5 – February 23, 2022, 11:00am – 3:00pm EST.

An orientation and training overview to the academy will take place during the first class session on January 5, 2022.

The week of January 19th will be asynchronous. There will not be a live training session on that day.

What topics are covered?

Trauma & Resilience and Trauma-Informed Advocacy, Language Justice, Sexual Violence on College Campuses, Interpersonal Violence and Stalking, Drug-Facilitated Violence & Substance Abuse, Ethics, Boundaries and Confidentiality in Campus Advocacy, Outreach and Empowerment for Students with Historically Oppressed Identities, Supporting Student-Survivors with Disabilities, Safety Planning and Protective Orders, Restorative Justice in Advocacy, Federal and State Campus Legislation, Clery Act, Program Evaluation, Understanding and Developing Effective Prevention Initiatives.

How much does it cost?

Register before 10/21/21 and enjoy an Early Bird Rate of $300. Regular registration (after 10/21/21) will be $350/person.

NOVA Members enjoy a 10% discounted rate.

How do I apply?

Thank you for your interest! Registration for the 2022 NCAT will open October 1, 2021. Registrations will be accepted through December 1, 2021 OR until capacity has been reached.

For updates regarding the NCAT and NOVA Campus Programs, please sign up here.

How is it different?

The NCAT is a unique, high-quality training which allows students to directly interact with nationally-recognized Subject Matter Experts. Our past and current faculty hail from the following influential organizations and institutions:

Being Trauma Informed
Clery Center
Colorado State University
Dartmouth College
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Klancy Street
Mount Wachusett Community College
Esperanza United
RK Resolution
Rutgers University
School Violence Law
Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
University of Colorado
University of Tampa
Vera Institute of Justice
Victim Rights Law Center

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NOVA is committed to the professionalization of Campus Victim Advocacy- check out our op-ed in USA Today.

NOVA is committed to accessibility and inclusion in our training and strive to make our trainings as accessible as possible. Nonetheless, we cannot guarantee we can meet all accommodation requests.

Training & Technical Assistance for OVW Campus Program Grantees

NOVA is proud to serve as a Technical Assistance Provider for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Campus Program. In this role, we provide training and technical assistance to institutions of higher education funded by OVW on the development, capacity-building, and sustainability for Coordinated Community Response Teams (CCRTs) to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (DVSAS) on college campuses.

Training & Technical Assistance for OVW Campus Program Grantees:

Training and technical assistance is tailored to be responsive to each institution’s culture, resources and areas of need. Our team has vast experience in the field and works closely with consultants and partner organizations with campus expertise.

 – Developing Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Teams that are inclusive, culturally relevant and trauma-informed;

 – Cultivating collaborative campus and community partnerships and meaningful inclusion in CCR initiatives;

 – Engaging administrative leadership to embed CCR initiatives into the institution;

 – Best practices around:
              – CCRT structure and process, including linkage with other existing multidisciplinary teams;
              – CCRT composition and leadership, including student involvement in the CCRT;
              – Internal and external memoranda of understanding;
              – Conflict resolution strategies; CCRT policies and communications strategies, and effective meeting facilitation; and
              – Strategies for sustainability.

Types of Technical Assistance and Training

 – Individual Campus Consultations

 – Virtual and in-person trainings

 – Customized technical assistance to provide in-the-moment expert assistance

 – CCRT Product review and feedback

 – Virtual site visits

 – Digital toolkits and resources

Contact information:

For additional resources and information on CCRT development, please see the Center for Changing Our Campus Culture

This project was supported by Grant No. 2020-TA-AX-K006 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

NOVA Coordinated Community Response Advisory Committee

The NOVA Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Advisory Committee was established in 2021 to be responsive to the needs of higher education institutions and inform the training and technical assistance funded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The CCR Advisory Committee includes individuals who have experience serving on effective Coordinated Community Response Teams (CCRTs) from a diverse array of institutions.

The goal of the advisory committee is to provide input and direction on all programmatic areas and deliverables of NOVA’s training and technical assistance to OVW Campus Program grantees and/or other institutions of higher education around establishing and maintaining a CCRT to enhance the response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking (DVSAS) on campus. This committee provides feedback and guidance on how NOVA prioritizes and structures:

 – Training and resource development,
 – Development and review of products, and
 – Implementation of ideas and strategies.

CCR Advisory Committee members have a space to share experiences and learn from the successes of other institutions. They also play a critical role in improving the OVW Campus Grant Program and ensuring that grantees have structures in place to continue the work after the grant period is completed.

Through this CCR Advisory Committee NOVA wants to also uplift and highlight the amazing work that’s been done in the United States and territories to address DVSAS in a coordinated community response.


Michele Chung

Michele Chung (she/her/hers), is the Grant Project Coordinator for the OVW Campus Grant awarded to St. John’s University located in Queens, NY.  She came on board as the GPC in 2012 during SJU’s first grant cycle and has been part of the amazing team that has transformed the campus culture over the past 9+ years to recognize it’s on ALL of us to raise awareness and prevent sexual violence.  We’ve also created a variety of training programs, such as bystander intervention and affirmative consent, tailoring them to meet the needs of our diverse student body, created toolkits for faculty and assembled a collaborative CCRT comprised of dedicated key campus administrators, faculty and community partners. Outside of work she loves cooking, trying new foods and recipes with her husband and kids, reading, running and watching cooking/baking shows with her kids. She also has a JD and has been a Girl Scout Troop Leader for the past 13 years.

Reisha Williams

Reisha is adedicated human rights activist specializing in violence against women, anti-oppression dynamics, and trauma-informed services. In her previous role, she worked to support service providers and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in rural and underserved communities throughout Florida. She has worked diligently in the interpersonal violence prevention and intervention field for almost a decade.

Colleen Kearney

Colleen Kearney (she/her) is the Project Director for the OVW Campus Grant for the Asnuntuck Consortium/CT State Colleges and Universities (CSCU). Prior to serving as the Project Director, Colleen was a community educator and advocate working with middle, high school, and college youth to prevent sexual and intimate partner violence. Colleen has served as the Project Director since 2015 and has really enjoyed working with the 17 colleges/universities as well as the CT statewide partners to create change in the CSCU system. A highlight has been coordinating bystander intervention training for the CSCU system and partners. Outside of work, Colleen enjoys dance parties and board games with her husband and two young sons, watching Netflix crime documentaries, and cooking.

Janel Miller

Janel Miller (she/her/hers) serves as the Project Coordinator for the OVW grant for Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC). Prior to serving in this role, Janel provided advocacy and support services to survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence. She has been working in the field of power-based personal violence for 7 years, with most of that time being working directly with survivors. In her current role Janel oversees the OVW grant project and provides primary prevention education to faculty, staff, and students at MCTC. Janel also serves on her agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and working to make services accessible and inclusion for all survivors is a passion in her work. Outside of work Janel enjoys being in nature and hunting for waterfalls, spending time with her two pups Izzy and Owen, and writing.

Katy Griffith

Katy Griffith (she/her) is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Botswana 2012-2015), with an M.A. in Intercultural Youth and Family Development from the University of Montana. She is a Project Coordinator with five years of experience managing OVW Campus Grants. Katy currently oversees the Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) Project at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, and she previously served as coordinator for the grantee institution, Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington. Wherever she finds herself in the world, Katy strives to to help people learn and heal, to prevent harm, and to contribute to a more caring and just future.

Naima Yael Tokunow

Naima Yael Tokunow (she/her/hers), is currently a Communication Associate with the deep equity non-profit, Change Elemental, working to uplift and co-create communications to shift the change-making sector to one that is prefiguring and iterating toward a vision of love, dignity, and justice. Previously, Naima was the OVW Campus Grant Project Coordinator at the Women’s Resource Center of The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Naima is also an English, literature & cultural studies educator, having taught at New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico and Southern New Hampshire University. Creatively and professionally, Naima’s life is centered around social and gender equity and community building. In her free time, she likes to hike, write, camp, garden, and collage with her husband, toddler and three dogs. She is blessed to be Black and alive.

Courtney Barrie

Courtney Barrie (she/her) is the Project Coordinator for the campus grant program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She provides anti-violence education and confidential campus victim advocacy through the Office of Student Advocacy and Anti-Violence Education (OSAVE). Prior to her work on the campus grant, Courtney assisted in the implementation of several other federal grants through other agencies. Additionally, she spent three years as a Sociology college instructor. Courtney has been a foster mother for five years, and advocates for people to consider foster/adoption in their journey to parenthood. When not chasing toddlers or serving college students, Courtney prefers to immerse herself in nature, read fictional books of all genres, and spend lots of time in the backyard with her five chickens.

Kenneth Gooden

Kenneth Gooden, has served as Project Coordinator of Coahoma Community College’s Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program since 2016. Kenneth has focused on providing comprehensive prevention and bystander intervention programming for the campus community, as well as trauma-informed and culturally specific training for situations of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. He has consistently dealt with cultural norms that play a major role in how individuals view these crimes. He is committed to ensuring sustainability through an on-going training and prevention education program.

Haley Mangette

Haley Mangette, she/her, is the Project Coordinator for the OVW grant and the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy at Kalamazoo College. Prior to her time with the college, Haley worked as a graduate assistant in conduct, where she worked within the Title IX system. During her time with the college, Haley has supervised the campus’ peer educators (SPEAK) and increased workshops on topics of gender-based violence and prevention. In her free time, Haley enjoys spending time with her dog (Georgia May), reading, and playing puzzle games.

Suzannah Rogan

Suzannah Rogan [she/her] previously served (March 2017-April 2021) as the founding Project Director of the Campus Advocacy, Prevention, and Education (CAPE) Project, an OVW Grant Funded office, at Doane University, a small liberal arts university in rural Nebraska. While in this position, she was able to lead her coordinated community response team to develop a comprehensive prevention and response program that included a diverse and engaged peer educator component. During her last two years at the institution, she also served as the inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist, focused on leading strategic and grassroots initiatives to create and sustain a more equitable university environment and curriculum. Prior to that, in 2016, Suzannah received a Master of Science in Gender, Media and Culture from the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics where she focused on the use of violence and other forms of power in masculinity construction. Her passion is to invite men into prevention work and help them see their path as partners in prevention solutions. She finds hope and inspiration through her students and has watched several of her peer educators move into direct services or violence prevention post-graduation. She has a background and education in content and curriculum development, anti-oppressive frameworks, leadership and team development, community engagement and organizing, and utilizing theories of change to create broad impact.

Erika Pichardo

Erika Pichardo, she/hers/her, is the Program Coordinator at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY. As an alum of the College, Erika has a close connection to the College and works toward fostering a safe community and increasing prevention, education, and awareness around sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Since her time in this role, Erika has worked with the student body and staff to increase workshops and training around these issues. In her free time, Erika enjoys reading psychological thrillers, dancing Zumba, and writing poetry.

Annette Brandt (she/they)

Annette Brandt is the OVW Grant Project Coordinator at Northeastern Illinois University. Our “K(NO)W More” Prevention and Awareness Campaign focuses on sexual violence education and prevention on our campus. In addition to providing educational programs to staff and students to prevent this type of violence, their goal is to work with individuals all throught campus to create a culture that ensures individuals who have experienced sexual violence are treated respectfully and supported in a person-centered way. Prior to working in higher ed, they spent 15 years working in a rehabilitation environment supporting individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. They are a Chicago native who loves to attend demonstrations and fight for social justice. In their free time during the pandemic, they have taken a liking to living room karaoke sing-offs with their partner and 13-year-old kiddo.  /

Jac Ewasyshyn (she/her/hers)

Jac Ewasyshyn, she/her, is the OVW Grant Project Coordinator at Tennessee Tech University’s Project AWAKEN. Prior to working in higher education, Jac was an advocate and educator at a community-based sexual & domestic violence agency in Macomb County, Michigan. Jac started in power-based violence prevention and advocacy work as an undergraduate student in Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates (SAPA) at Central Michigan University in 2015. While in SAPA, she did her honors capstone on peer education programs which was presented nationally at RespectCon and NASPA conferences in 2017. Jac is a credentialed advocate through NOVA, and she recently graduated with her Masters of Business Administration. Outside of work, Jac is an obsessed dog-mom to a rescue dog, a Yorkie, who is also named Jack. Jac, Jack and her spouse love to hike and take trips in their #VanLife Ford Econoline.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2020-TA-AX-K006 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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