Typically, my posts start with a link that indicates where an event, conference, or training occurred. This time, however, I cannot do that as Campus grantees had the opportunity to travel to one institute while three other campus institutes took place in a different part of the country.
The southern region of the United States hosted three out of four campus institutes the week of February 7, 2011.  Atlanta had the honor of hosting a phenomenal team of trainers on judicial affairs and designing survivor driven campus student conduct policies on sexual misconduct organized by the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MSCASA). Meanwhile, Lexington, Kentucky served as the backdrop for the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association to lead the institute on Mandatory Education & Orientation.  The culturally rich and vibrant city of New Orleans welcomed grantees for the coordinated community response institute hosted by the CALCASA.  A few states over in Oklahoma City, a little bit mid-west with a dash of southern, East Central University hosted the campus law enforcement/security training.
The Winter 2011 Training & Technical Assistance Institutes mark the first time in the Campus Grants Program where institutes were topic/minimum standard specific.  The June 2010 Institute in Las Vegas gave grantees an idea of what it would be to focus on minimum standards by having entire workshop sessions address one of six key areas critical to achieving the grant’s objectives.
Working for two or three days with colleagues to further your understanding, skills and resources related to meeting a grant standard is no easy feat, much less when combined with travel, destination distractions, and hotel rooms that don’t look a thing like home.  The restructured Campus Institutes weren’t without their hiccups, but they served as a valuable learning opportunity for the TA providers excited and re-energized to organize the next Campus Institute the week of June 20th.