UC Berkeley's CCRT and SVSH Core Team
The SVSH Core Team (formerly Title IX Working Group) was formed in 2014 in order for campus practitioners to confer and work as a united front on SVSH-related problems confronting the campus. Over the years, its purpose has evolved from tactical coordination of campus responses to external reviews and audits, to a more proactive focus on continuous improvement of campus practices, strategic communications, information sharing, and best practices. The group meets twice a month throughout the year. It is smaller than CCRT, and has a different mission; most of its members also serve on CCRT.
The Role of CCRT
The Coordinated Community Review Team on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Misconduct (CCRT) is responsible for a campus collaborative approach to preventing and addressing sexual misconduct. CCRT plays an essential role in campus SVSH prevention and response efforts. As a Chancellor's committee, it serves in an advisory capacity to campus leadership and community members about policy, best practices, education, prevention, and response, with the goal of creating meaningful cultural transformation in our community.
Composed of local community and campus partners, CCRT is responsible for a collaborative approach to preventing and responding to SVSH at UC Berkeley. Student representation, interaction, and input is essential to these endeavors. CCRT is also responsible for advancing efforts to communicate messages about related campus initiatives and activities.
Every academic year, CCRT meets quarterly at a minimum.
History of CCRT
In response to the recommendations from the UC President’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault, the Chancellor replaced the Title IX Compliance Advisory Committee in July 2015 with a new broad-based community membership and structure. As of 2015, every UC campus is required to appoint a CCRT.
This requirement is consistent with past recommendations from the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women for a collaborative campus response. The committee serves as part of a standardized two-team response model that is charged with addressing sexual violence.
The CCRT has several working groups focused on specific, time-bound projects which further CCRT's mission. CCRT members volunteer to participate in smaller and more specialized working groups, which collaborate on projects that help advance UC Berkeley's prevention and response to SVSH. Each working group is co-led by at least two CCRT members with subject-matter expertise, and meets on a regular basis. The working groups report out on their progress at every CCRT meeting.
CCRT working groups have worked on a range of project areas, including:
- Providing guidance regarding SVSH prevention and education materials
- Reviewing and developing SVSH resource materials
- Auditing websites related to SVSH and creating svsh.berkeley.edu
- Exploring Restorative Justice and Transformative Justice approaches
- Studying evidence-based education and reintegration programs for people who have caused harm