Project funding provided by:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office on Women's Health

Project Overview

The Heartland Sexual Assault Policies & Prevention on Campuses Project’s (Heartland Project) primary goal is to increase post-secondary schools’ adoption of a comprehensive, gender-centered public health approach to sexual assault campus policy and prevention.

"We really need to have a unified approach on how we educate students [and staff], and how to respond to sexual assault, because it's not going to go away. If we can make an impact in educating students and getting them to think critically, then we're doing a big part of our job."

- Wendy Schardt
University of Nebraska at Kearney

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Campus Partners

The Heartland Project’s regionally focused approach is designed to build and strengthen school-level capacity and momentum to strategically change, prevent, and respond to sexual assault at post-secondary schools in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

"My vision is to develop programs and policies that are sustainable."

- Dr. Nina Caldwell
The Links, Inc. - Gateway(IL) Chapter
Program Director

Technical Advisory Group

Members of our Technical Advisory Board come from organizations with deep knowledge about sexual assault issues and firsthand experience with sexual assault response and prevention, which is buttressed by their specialized knowledge of the specific challenges of addressing campus sexual assault in their particular state.

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Heartland Project Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is comprised of the three participating KU faculty members and the Project Manager.

"Our campus is safe. But even if sexual assualt is not happening on campus, it is happening to our students."

- Tiffany Slinkard
Crowder College


Need help? Call 800.656.HOPE(4673) for the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline. You can also access help online by visiting RAINN's website. These safe, confidential services are available 24/7.