Michigan State President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. appointed two presidential advisers for the university’s efforts to address relationship violence and sexual misconduct issues, effective immediately.
RVSM Expert Advisory Workgroup Chair Rebecca Campbell and MSU Police Department Trauma Center Lieutenant Andrea Munford will report directly to Stanley to provide guidance and make recommendations, according to a university press release.
Stanley recognized the need to have advisers work more closely with the administration on an improved RVSM response, the release said .
“The institution failed survivors and members of our community,” Stanley said in a statement. “I am confident that the expertise, credibility and commitment of Rebecca Campbell and Andrea Munford will help MSU take the necessary steps to address critical issues head on.”
Campbell and Munford’s action plan includes coordinating meetings between survivors of sexual assault and the president, responding to the "Know More @ MSU" survey results and cooperating with other RVSM-related groups and initiatives on campus.
“We need broad-based, systemic change at MSU,” Campbell said. “We need institutional courage to continue healing our community.”
Campbell will retain her current role as a tenured faculty member and continue her research grants from the U.S. Department of Justice on sexual assault victims’ experiences with criminal justice.
Munford will remain with MSUPD’s Center for Trauma Informed Investigative Excellence.
“We all need to take the time to listen, without judgement or assumption, so that as a community we can create a culture of care," Munford said. “I look forward to working with the president and his administration on needed changes and improvements.”