A Montana State University psychologist and an MSU student will be speaking about strategies to eliminate violence in university culture at the 2015 National Campus Safety Summit in Las Vegas.
Brian Kassar, a psychologist from MSU’s Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, and Joseph Schumacher, a senior at MSU from Bozeman who is majoring in political science, will be delivering a presentation, “Managing Risk by Creating a Healthy Culture” at the conference of university and college health professionals from throughout the country.
The pair will discuss strategies that change campus cultures to healthy cultures by eliminating possibilities for violence to occur, Kassar said.
Kassar and Schumacher are both members of MSU’s Not in Our House Task Force, which Schumacher started. Both are involved in preventing sexual violence on the MSU campus.
Kassar said he made a similar presentation last spring at the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values conference, and the regional Carlson Leadership Academy for Sigma Phi Epsilon. A colleague who knew of Kassar’s work, as well as MSU’s Not in Our House Task Force, suggested that Kassar apply to make a presentation at the National Campus Safety Summit. Kassar asked Schumacher, the VOICE Center’s Education and Prevention Specialist, to participate. The national organization selected their proposal for presentation at the convention of university administrators, campus police, residence life and student leaders.
Kassar said that MSU has been a forerunner in strategies preventing violence against women on campus.
“Many of the federal mandates coming out now have been done at MSU since 2002.” Kassar said. “(MSU has) taken on a lot of leadership roles in our state. We organized the first statewide summit against sexual assault, which has become a student-driven summit. It was Joe’s idea to start the Not In Our House Task Force, which has been great to raise campus awareness.”
Kassar is psychologist and outreach coordinator at Counseling and Psychological Services, a prevention specialist at VOICE Center, and resident faculty fellow with Sigma Phi Epsilon’s local chapter in Bozeman.
Schumacher, a veteran of the U.S. Army, was co-founder of Not In Our House and first year chair. He is on staff at the VOICE Center and a volunteer with the Help Center and HAVEN, is a CAP mentor for Thrive and a devoted husband and father.
Brian Kassar (406) 994-4531, firstname.lastname@example.org