Working groups to address campus climate challenges
The CCRT will begin its work through working groups focused on four themes: Organizational Structure, Obstacles to Reporting, Prevention and Education, and Repairing Harm. CCRT members selected these four groups by vote, following the December 2022 membership meeting. Members also had the opportunity to volunteer to serve as a Co-Chair of one of the working groups.
Working groups will meet one to two times a month and include students, staff, and faculty from all three UM campuses and the UM community. Working groups are responsible for assessing community needs, collecting data, benchmarking information from other institutions, researching best practices, and developing evidence-based recommendations. Each group has also been charged with prioritizing the needs, perspectives, and experiences of individuals from marginalized communities in their work.
Working group Co-Chairs meet regularly with the CCRT Co-Leads to enhance synthesis between the groups’ work.
The Organizational Structure working group examines UM’s existing infrastructure related to sexual misconduct, including but not limited to resources, staffing, and processes.
Obstacles to Reporting
The Obstacles to Reporting working group examines the factors that influence and potentially discourage individuals and groups from reporting concerns of sexual misconduct to the University, and explores strategies for minimizing those factors. It will also create ways to effectively communicate reporting obligations to the community.
Prevention and Education
The Prevention and Education working group examines existing UM prevention programming with the goal of increasing synthesis, access, and effectiveness. It will also work to identify new areas and opportunities for education and training.
The Repairing Harm working group examines the ways in which the UM community can promote healing, increase support, and build trust within the UM community.