UNM-LA Instructor Receives Federal Grant

UNM-LA faculty member Kristy Nadler has received a grant to study reducing sexual violence on college campuses. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Kristy Nadler, adjunct faculty of psychology and of University Studies at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), was recently awarded a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice.

The OVW grant to “Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus” provides $300,000 over three years to organize effective sexual misconduct prevention, education, and response for the UNM-LA community.

Nadler has been working in the area of sexual misconduct for over 10 years. Her dissertation in organizational leadership, which she will defend later this fall, focuses on the beliefs professors hold about sexual misconduct on campus.

Through the years she has witnessed the benefits of community education in this area. As rates of reporting increase, rates of victimization decrease, and when guided to the correct resources, survivors are more likely to recover and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Nadler has been an adjunct instructor at UNM-LA since 2013. “Kristy is a popular, well-respected instructor, and clearly a very motivated individual,” UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney said. While teaching classes and finishing her dissertation, she took the initiative to prepare this grant proposal. We are fortunate to have her working with UNM-LA.”

The OVW campus grant will allow UNM-LA to extend the education and prevention efforts already in place, funding training opportunities for students, faculty, staff, police officers, and other community service providers. The grant also will provide funding to improve methods for reporting and response to sexual misconduct. Nadler envisions a structure that reaches every student and efficiently connects students with university resources and confidential community support services such as counselors, crisis support, and help with basic needs.

In preparing the grant proposal, Nadler enlisted community partners who will be involved with the training as both instructors and participants. Community partners include Chief Dino Sgambellone of the Los Alamos Police Department; Michelle Harkey, LMHC, of Active Integration Therapy; Corrine Sanchez and Kena Chavez with Tewa Women United; and Jess Clark of Solace Crisis Treatment Center.