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Culture of Respect Collective

As part of the university’s continued commitment to addressing and preventing campus interpersonal violence, the University of Tennessee joined the Culture of Respect Collective.


Culture of Respect Collective Institution logoThe Collective is an ambitious two-year program that brings together institutions of higher education who are dedicated to ending campus sexual violence and guides them through a rigorous process of self-assessment and targeted organizational change.

The program is grounded in an expert-developed public health framework, cross campus collaboration, and peer-led learning to make meaningful programmatic and policy changes.

As part of our participation, we will receive strategic support and technical assistance throughout the process, as well as detailed documentation of campus-initiated changes that support survivors, prevent sexual violence, and communicate that violence is unacceptable.

A key component to the program’s success its emphasis on cross-campus collaboration to assess, make meaningful programmatic and policy changes as needed, and then reassess progress made across the following six pillars:

  • Survivor support, with options on reporting
  • Clear policies, on misconduct, investigations, adjudications, and sanctions
  • Multi-tiered education for the entire campus
  • Public disclosure of statistics
  • School wide mobilization with student groups and leaders
  • Ongoing self-assessment

Leadership Team

Laura Bryant, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Office of Title IX (Chair)

Lamar Bryant, Associate Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students

Michele Dorsainvil, Interim Director, Center for Health Education & Wellness

Maggie Klotz, Assistant Director, Student Counseling Center

Nick Meanza, Assistant Director, Office of Equity & Diversity

Kelly Mihalik, Title IX Investigator, Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards

Jillian Paciello, Clery Compliance Coordinator, UT Public Safety

Jordan Smith-Porter, Assistant Director, Center for Student Engagement

Sarah Thomas, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Office of Title IX