"Our understanding of the influence WOU athletes can bring to this conversation dates back a few years.
This is the first time we've been able to formally delve into this work, with the kind of technical assistance and resources it deserves." Sports have long played a historical role in advancing social justice and cultural change – from racial integration to the Special Olympics to the advancement of female athletes.
This kind of work is not new to the students, faculty, and staff at Western, as a recipient of a Campus Against Sexual Assault (CASA) grant for the past 5 years.
The CASA grants (at WOU, administered through The Research Institute at Western Oregon University) are campus grants from the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, awarded for the purpose of addressing sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking on college campuses.
It is this spirit of leadership, advocacy, and activism to reduce sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking that Western Oregon University is working to cultivate within its athletics.In a recent publication by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) – “Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence: Athletics’ Role in Support of Healthy and Safe Campuses” – the authors assert that college coaches, student-athletes, athletic administrators, and athletic staff are uniquely positioned to play a key role in creating a safer campus climate.