College campuses need new initiatives, strategies and assessment to address issues of sexual violence. These initiatives must go beyond “one-off” events in order to develop a comprehensive prevention strategy. We’ll discuss what do campus climate surveys reveal about the state of sexual violence on campus, the value of peer education and certificate programs, and some special considerations for student populations such as LGBTQ and international students. Last, we’ll cover which topics and strategies should be included in faculty and staff training initiatives and the challenges and benefits of using technology to move this programming online.

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Tony Doody speaks with Holly Rider-Milkovich, Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan, Ruth Anne Koenick, Director of the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance at Rutgers, and Jody Jessup-Anger, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Coordinator of the Student Affairs in Higher Education Master’s program at Marquette University.

Please contribute to the conversation by emailing questions before the show to or by tweeting live during the show using the #higheredlive hashtag. We’ll do our best to infuse questions from viewers (with attribution) into the live conversation.


Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Delaware. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Ruth Anne Koenick

Ruth Anne Koenick is the founder and Director of the nationally recognized Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. A graduate of The University of Maryland and George Washington University she is a founder and past president of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She served as chair of the Advisory Committee, charged by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education to develop the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights for all post-secondary institutions in New Jersey and to develop an implementation plan. Ms. Koenick teaches in the Graduate School of Education M.Ed. program in College Student Affairs and in the Rutgers University School of Social Work MSW program. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Rutgers Campus Climate Survey development and implementation. Ms. Koenick is a highly sought consultant and speaker on sexual violence with a specialty in college age students and Bystander Intervention. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences and presented at both ACPA and NASPA in 2015 and will again in 2016. She has contributed to many peer reviewed articles on sexual violence and bystander intervention, particularly those that are theater based. She is the creator of SCREAM Theater and SCREAM Athletes, two student improv theater groups who perform each year about 100 times and reach ten to fifteen thousand people at national and state conferences, colleges and universities throughout the country, and for orientation programs at Rutgers and at colleges in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Florida.

In 2011 Ms. Koenick received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault and earlier that year she received the Wise Woman Award from the American College Personnel Association. Ruth Anne received the Wynona M. Lipman Leadership Award from the NJ Department of Community Affairs and is a recipient of the Rutgers University President’s Award for Excellence in Administration and a recipient of the Rutgers University President’s Award for Outstanding Service and Contributions to the University Community. In 2000, she was honored as a “milestone of the 20th century” by the Feminist Majority Foundation for her “unique contribution to the historical struggle for women’s equality and human rights”.


Holly Rider-Milkovich

Holly Rider-Milkovich currently serves as the Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan. She is also the co-chair of the Abuse Hurts Initiative, a cross-campus effort to address the effects of domestic violence in the workplace. She is a frequently-sought consultant and speaker on issues related to sexual and intimate partner violence on college campuses and has provided expert guidance to many institutions of higher education and prominent national media outlets. Most recently, Ms. Rider-Milkovich has provided expertise to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on best practices for campus-based sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and response efforts. The Department of Education recognized Ms. Rider-Milkovich’s expertise by appointing her to represent four-year colleges and universities in the federal negotiated rule-making committee for the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.


Jody Jessup-Anger

Jody Jessup-Anger is assistant professor of higher education and coordinator of the Student Affairs in Higher Education Master’s program in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership at Marquette University.  Her research focuses on the effect of collegiate environments on student learning and development.  In 2014, Jody co-chaired (with Keith Edwards) ACPA ‘s Presidential Taskforce on Sexual Violence Prevention in Higher Education. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at Michigan State University, she provided leadership for victim assistance and gender education at Colorado State University.