Training Institute Overview

Respect My Red Leadership Training Institute and Certification for Student Leaders, Faculty and School Professionals. An interactive training course on peer leadership, respectful relationships and sexual misconduct.

What is Respect My Red?
An experiential program for student leaders and school professionals desiring to build skills, knowledge, and the ability to educate and impact their own communities on relationships, respect, sexual misconduct, and substance use.

Who should attend?
Student leaders. Leadership program advisors. Counselors. Health educators. Nurses. Deans of Students. Athletes. Parents. Ministers. Campus safety and community police officers. Youth group advisors. Wellness professionals. Physical education teachers. Coaches. Camp counselors.

Is the curriculum a match for our community?
Respect My Red is customizable to mission match for any institution or organization. The common message is respectful relationships and healthy choices. Specific morals, values and strategies for a variety of demographics are reviewed.

Welcome everyone!
We invite all institutions, public and private; religiously affiliated and nondenominational; commuter and residential; large and small; urban and rural; and all populations working with young people.

What will you gain?

Train a team of students and advisors on the Respect My Red Curricula to build a customized KABB for your campus.  KABB = Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior and Bystander Skills. Learn all about critical updates on legal mandates, research, standards, and best practices.  We address federal and state laws, confidentiality, engaging men and boys, bystander intervention, and more.

Garner curricula and skills to bring back to your community

Institute Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will be able to define consent.
  2. Participants will be able to define incapacitation.
  3. Participants will be able to define sexual harassment and sexual assault.
  4. Participants will be able to identify three signs of an unhealthy relationship.
  5. Participants will be able to identify at least one way to respond in an intimate situation if consent is not clear.
  6. Participants will be able to list three ways to intervene if they witness disrespectful behavior.

Take-Away Resources and Materials

  1. Certificate of completion for Respect Red 101 upon passing the Respect Red 101 Test
  2. Respect My Red Curricula portal access
  3. Year-long use of online training program

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Multiple Locations Coast to Coast











New York



Washington D.C.

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Selected Respect My Red Faculty and Presenters

Partner, Saul Ewing

Program Director, Take Back The Night Foundation

Dean of Students, Interlochen Arts Academy

Partner, White & Williams

Dean of Student Life, Elmira College

Partner, Schwartz-Hannum

Director of Student Conduct, Stevenson University

Technical Lieutenant for Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit, NY State Police

Executive Director, Campus Outreach Services

All Respect My Red Faculty Biographies

Greg Bernabeo Partner, Saul Ewing

Greg Bernabeo brings a multidimensional approach to problem solving for a wide array of entities, including non-profits, corporations of all sizes and educational organizations.  Assisted by his academic training and degrees in mechanical engineering, business and law, Greg’s analytical style and perspective are tremendous assets in risk management, intellectual property, and university policy.  Greg is an attorney and partner at the Saul Ewing law firm, with eleven offices throughout the mid-Atlantic.  He works in concert with the firm’s Higher Education Practice Group, which provides trusted “one-stop” legal services for institutions of higher education.  The team has extensive expertise in assisting the Higher Education community, including experience related to Title IX investigations and litigation, Clery Act compliance, discrimination claims, and challenges to student conduct sanctions.  Greg enjoys bringing legal concepts to life via training and workshops.  Greg is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and before the United States Supreme Court.

Amanda Blaugher Program Director, Take Back The Night Foundation

Amanda Blaugher serves as the Program Director for the Take Back The Night Foundation and is the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Penn State Harrisburg. Amanda oversees national campaigns such as 10 Points of Light and Respect My Red for the Take Back The Night Foundation.  She works with school, colleges, and communities to help them organize their walks, runs, vigils and other programming components.  She is the Conference Program Coordinator for Respect is Red:  The International Summit to End Sexual Violence. Amanda works tirelessly to assist event holders around the globe with planning and organizing their walks, runs, vigils and educational programs. Holding a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University, Amanda has been committed to raising awareness about all forms of sexual violence since she was a college student, at which time she created a Women’s Empowerment Program that oversaw all programming efforts on campus around sexual violence and healthy relationships. She has presented to over 200,000 students and professionals at more than 100 colleges, universities, military bases, corporations, non-profits and high schools across the country on sexual violence and healthy relationships.

Chimi Boyd-Keyes Founder, CBK Enterprises

Chimi Boyd-Keyes is a much sought after consultant, speaker, trainer and grant writer. Chimi has directed two university Women’s Centers, one at a historically black university (HBCU) and one at a predominantly white university (PWI). Chimi was the co-principal investigator of the only published study to date on Sexual Assault at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  She has been a consultant for the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She serves on both state-wide Domestic Violence Prevention and Sexual Assault Prevention taskforces in North Carolina.  Chimi co-founded Helpers and Advocates for Violence Ending Now (HAVEN), an award-winning program which trains faculty, staff, and students to be allies for students who are survivors of sexual and relationship violence and stalking, and Circle of Sisters, an initiative dedicated to women’s leadership development. She has successfully applied for and has been awarded over $2.5 million in grants and sponsorships and works with non-profits and educational institutions to help them meet their financial goals through grant writing. A native of Durham, NC, Chimi is proud to have received both her BA and MA in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University, respectively.

Michelle Carroll Campus Program Director, NYSCASA

Michelle Carroll is the Campus Coordinator for the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA). She graduated with Honors from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with a degree in Government and Comparative Literature. During her time at F&M, Michelle organized the community’s Take Back the Night for three years. After college, Michelle served as an elementary school teacher with Teach For America in Southwest Philadelphia. She currently writes for the online publications Guerrilla Feminism and The Radical Notion.

Matthew Colpitts Dean of Students, Interlochen Arts Academy

Matthew Colpitts is Dean of Students at Interlochen Arts Academy.  Matthew has extensive experience in student affairs.  Previously, he worked in student affairs and emergency management at Utah State University.  While at USU, he worked with the community to improve campus safety. Matthew was also the Associate Director of the Landmark College High School Program, serving as the senior student affairs official for the college’s program for high school students with learning disabilities. He also held several other important roles at Landmark, including staff representative to the trustees. He is currently a doctoral candidate, studying emergency management, higher education, and student affairs.

Brandon Dawson Dean of Student Life, Elmira College

Brandon Dawson is the Dean of Student Life of Elmira College in Southern New York. With thirteen years of experience in the field of higher education, Brandon brings with him knowledge and skills to manage and implement services and activities around student conduct and crisis management. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Law and Justice, from the State University of New York College at Cortland and Masters in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College. Brandon has served in numerous leadership roles including Vice President of Student Affairs at Endicott College and the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs at Manhattanville College. Brandon has certifications in BASICS, Clery Compliance from the Clery Center, Sexual Assault Investigator Training from Boston University and is active member of various Student Affairs National Organizations. Alongside his professional roles, Brandon is recognized as an expert in campus safety and student conduct. He has presented regionally and nationally on both topics and been hired by colleges to speak on topics related to student safety.

Colin Gallant Health Educator and Trainer in New England

Colin travels throughout the country to colleges and high schools to connect with students, especially men, about the importance of taking a stand against sexual violence in all forms.  He shares stories from his own life experience as well as the interactive program, “He Said-She Said.”  He holds two bachelor’s degrees from Connecticut College in Philosophy and Classical History and a master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University.  Colin’s leadership has included implementation of programs in compliance with Title IX, VAWA and the Campus Security Act within a wide variety of institutions of higher education as well as K-12 schools.  Colin founded the 1 in 4 chapter at Connecticut College, and has presented at over 100 national and regional conferences, school assemblies, keynotes and workshops on the issue of sexual violence and men’s roles in ending sexual assault.

Will Hannum Partner, Schwartz-Hannum

William E. Hannum III is Managing Partner of Schwartz Hannum PC in Andover, MA.  Will represents employers and educators in the full spectrum of labor and employment law matters, including employment litigation, labor relations and collective bargaining and employment counseling.  Will advises the Firm’s school and education clients on the full range of education law issues, including reports of abuse, as well as student and employee matters, risk management, compliance, and documentation ranging from employment contracts to handbooks to bullying prevention and intervention plans.  He has also represented unionized and non-unionized employers (including for profit and non-profit organizations) throughout the United States in a variety of industries.  Since 2012, Will has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in Labor and Employment Law.  Will has been selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer® and top Labor and Employment attorney in Massachusetts for each consecutive year since 2004.  Will currently serves as a member on the Labor & Employment Education Steering Committee for the Boston Bar Association and is a frequent speaker and author on labor and employment law.

Jules Irvin-Rooney Attorney, Irvin Law Firm

Jules C. Irvin-Rooney, J.D. is a legal consultant and advocate. She serves as President of Title IX and Clery Act Consulting, LLC, an affiliate of The Irvin Law Firm. Ms. Irvin-Rooney’s concentration areas include education and higher education law, and her specialties are Title IX, Clery Act, FERPA, and Special Education issues. Working with both students and institutions, Ms. Irvin-Rooney strives to empower all to know their rights about sexual violence and Title IX. She provides her expertise and analysis to a variety of educational settings regarding K-12 and higher education on school sexual assault prevention and compliance with federal guidelines. Additionally, she facilitates training for schools and advocacy groups regarding compliance issues, and implements discussions of “best practices.” Ms. Irvin-Rooney is the founding Board Chair for Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (SSAIS) and also serves as an Advisory Board Member to S.E.S.A.M.E. (Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct & Exploitation). Ms. Irvin-Rooney holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School where she was awarded the National Association of Women Lawyers Award along with the Dean’s Certificate for special and outstanding service to the law school community. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Rhetoric & Communications Studies and Sociology. In addition, she earned her Master’s degree in English: Rhetoric and Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Todd Kamenash Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct, Kent State University

Todd Kamenash has been the Director of the Office of Student Conduct (formerly Judicial Affairs) at Kent State University since 2010.  Prior to that, Todd worked at the University at Buffalo from 1998 – 2010 as the assistant and then associate director of Judicial Affairs / Student Advocacy (formerly Ombudsman). Todd’s skill sets include experience in writing and rewriting Codes of Conduct, multicultural competence for student affairs administrators, addressing sexual harassment and misconduct through campus discipline procedures, and developing process flows for various student affairs functions.  Todd has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on numerous topics pertaining to campus life and disciplinary matters.  Some of Todd’s presentations include the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy, “Campus Conduct Processes for Sexual Assault” and various workshops at the Association for Student Conduct Administration International & Regional Conferences.

Gary Kelly Technical Lieutenant for Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Unit, NY State Police

Gary Kelly is a thirty-year veteran with the New York State Police, currently assigned to oversee the NY State Police Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit (CSAVU) and the Special Victims Unit (SVU). In the dual role, Gary is responsible for managing the staff and work of CSAVU members across the state in their outreach to college and university campuses, and implementing a prevention education campaign and response training program. He is also responsible for managing the staff and work of the state police members assigned to the Special Victims Unit.  He oversees the development and implementation of law enforcement training in the fields of child abuse, sexual offense investigations, elder abuse, and the state’s AMBER Alert program.  He is responsible for the management of New York State’s AMBER Alert child abduction program. Gary has served on numerous task forces and committees, including the New York State Children’s Justice Task Force, the Capital Region Sexual Assault Response Team, and the NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.  He has more than nineteen years of field experience as an investigator, conducting investigations of child abuse, sexual assaults, and other felony offenses. Gary holds a Master’s Degree from the State University of New York at Albany School of Criminal Justice and has instructed law enforcement and social service agencies for two decades.

Katie Koestner Executive Director, Campus Outreach Services

Katie Koestner is a national expert on student safety and technology issues.  She has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs.  She is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured at over 2000 schools in North America.  Her audiences have included the incoming classes at MIT, Brown University, West Point, the US Naval Academy, Amherst College, Williams College, the top 200 officers of the Department of Defense, and the American Association of School Administrators.  In 2010, the US Ambassador to India invited Katie to keynote and lead a 19-day campaign in India to raise awareness about Violence Against Women.  In 2011, Ms. Koestner’s Foundation, Take Back The Night, was chosen by the TV Show, The Good Wife, as their charity of choice for their Celebrity Golf Tournament.  The Girl Scouts of America selected Katie, Katie Couric and a handful of others as honored women to present for their 100th Anniversary Celebration.   She has assisted the US Department of Education in developing and providing programs to women in high risk communities.   Her testimony on Capitol Hill was instrumental in the passage of federal student safety legislation.  In 2007, Coe College awarded her an honorary doctorate for her extensive work on student safety and public service.  In 2015, the US Department of State chose Katie to work with a delegation of Chinese diplomates at the United Nations on strategies to reduce sexual and relationship violence.

Alli Tombros Korman Executive Director of Culture of Respect, NASPA

Alli is Executive Director of Culture of Respect, an organization dedicated to ending campus sexual assault. Culture of Respect provides tools, including the CORE Blueprint, to aid all constituents at colleges and universities in their work to end sexual violence and restore the promise of higher education.  In her role, Alli works to ensure that all higher education institutions, wherever they may be on the road to creating their own campus’ culture of respect, have the resources they need to achieve this mission and the opportunity to learn from evidence-based research and the best practices of their colleagues. Alli brings to Culture of Respect more than ten years’ experience in health policy, programming, and education with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has provided management, support, and technical assistance to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and served as the Associate Director of Education for the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) in Washington, DC.

Dr. Peter Langman Psychologist, Author and School Safety Expert

Dr. Peter Langman is a psychologist whose work on school shooters has received international recognition. His book, Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters, was named an Outstanding Academic Title and was translated into German, Dutch, and Finnish. His latest book, School Shooters: Understanding High School, College, and Adult Perpetrators was published in 2015. Dr. Langman’s research has been cited in congressional testimony on Capitol Hill and thousands of news outlets. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, The Today Show, CBS, 20/20, Fox, CNN, the BBC, and over 200 other news outlets in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. In 2013, Dr. Langman served on Pennsylvania’s Joint State Government’s Advisory Committee on Violence Prevention. After the Sandy Hook attack, his recommendations on school safety were presented to President Obama by the CEO of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Langman has trained thousands of professionals in education, mental health, and law enforcement on identifying potential school shooters. He maintains the largest online collection of materials relating to school shooters at He is in private practice in Allentown, PA.

Robb Monkman Founder, React Mobile

Robb Monkman was the victim of an armed robbery and hostage situation while in college.  He nearly lost his life and feels lucky to be alive today.  Out of his personal experience, Robb co-founded Reach Mobile.  Presently, Robb serves as the CEO of the company.  He has over a decade of marketing and management experience at multiple start-ups. Prior to launching React Mobile, Robb served as the Marketing Director for software startup marketing emergency communications software to the Department of Defense (DoD) and to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With his current work, he is determined to develop a powerful personal safety platform to transform the way people call for help in emergencies and his team is making tomorrow a safer place.  React Mobile is already helping people all over the world.

Kevin Murphy Director of Counseling, Elmira College

Kevin Murphy is a New York State licensed clinical social worker with two decades of practice experience. He has been providing counseling at Elmira College Since 2008.  Kevin holds a BS in Psychology from Elmira College, a Master’s of Social Work from Marywood University, and a Doctorate in Leadership and Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Kevin began his career providing individual and family therapy in the Foster Care system. Much of his early work was with teens mandated into residential placements. Over the course of his career Kevin has worked in a wide array of settings and with a highly diverse client base. His predominant area of clinical focus and expertise is in chronic stress, trauma, relationship building, and mood disorders. Kevin has also served as a college faculty at both the undergraduate and graduate level since 2005. He has worked as an adjunct in the graduate programs of the University of Buffalo, Binghamton University, and Temple University, and has held full time positions in the BSW programs of Mansfield University and Keuka College. He also facilitates trainings and organizational consultations, and has done so across the continental U.S. and in Western Europe.

Jim Taylor Partner, Saul Ewing

James D. Taylor is Co-Chair of Saul Ewing’s Higher Education Practice.  He routinely represents colleges and universities nationwide, as well as K-12 education institutions, including charter schools.  Jim has served as lead counsel in lawsuits brought by college and university students alleging a violation of Title IX, has provided training on Title IX and VAWA compliance, revised and been consulted on related policies and assisted institutions in responding to investigations by the Office for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Education. Jim has also been lead counsel on matters involving student death, hazing, assaults and student or student group (including fraternity and sorority) discipline.  In his K-12 and charter school practice, in addition to providing general advice and compliance, including Title IX, Jim has advised education institutions in matters involving student disciplinary issues, allegations of discrimination, employment advice, and special education disputes.

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Sample Agenda

5:30-6:00 pm Check-in, Pizza, Refreshments
6:00-6:05 pm Opening Remarks and Institute Orientation
Katie Koestner, President of COS; Ryan Silva, Principal, Cherry Creek High School
6:05-6:30 pm Katie’s Story:  Spokesperson and Leadership at 18
Katie Koestner, President of COS
6:30-6:50 pm Interactive Case Study:  He Said-She Said
Listen as two students describe their version of what happened at a party. This case serves as the foundation.
Leads:  Will Hannum, Ryan Shank and Sandra Miles10 Minute QuipShop: Table top exercise in small groups.
7:00-7:20 pm KNOWLEDGE Session:  Essential Definitions, Policies, and Laws
What is a healthy relationship?  What is abuse?  What is consent and what is not consent?  How do alcohol and other drugs affect relationships and our bodies?  Do you know what the difference is between incapacitated and drunk?  Or, what is coercion and what is persuasion?  Who is responsible for risk reduction?Topics:

  • Healthy Relationships vs. Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse
  • Sexual exploitation, harassment, stalking
  • Sexual assault and rape
  • Same-sex sexual assault
  • Technology-related sexual misconduct (sexting)
  • Criminal vs. civil vs. school definitions
7:20-7:50 pm ATTITUDE Session:  Where Do You Stand?
Are you biased?  Would you know it if you were?  How strongly do you feel about an issue and why?  How does this impact your ability to be an effective leader?  More specifically, what are common attitudes about relationships, respect and substance use?  Do you go along to get along?Topics:

  • Where do we obtain our attitudes?  Media, parents, peers?
  • Rape myths and victim blaming
  • Bias based on gender, sexuality, religion, age, economic status, race, and more
  • What is normal vs. what is “over the line”?
  • How can we change the attitudes of others?
  • How do we shift the NORM and perception of the NORM?
7:50-8:15 pm BEHAVIOR Session:  It’s not what you say; it’s what you DO that counts.
How do we impact what people choose to do?  How do we set the standard for Respect?Topics:

  • Why do people say one thing and do another?
  • What are the real ways to bring about changes in behavior?
  • What works best for various ages, genders, religious backgrounds, and other demographic variables?
  • How can I create an environment that reduces the likelihood of disrespectful behaviors?
  • What does respectful treatment of others look like?  What is the goal?
  • How can I be thoughtful about various beliefs and values regarding sexuality and relationships?
8:15-8:45 pm BYSTANDER Session:  How BOLD are you?
Are you really comfortable taking a public stand on an issue?  What motivates you to fight the fire yourself vs. wait for the firetruck to arrive?  What’s the difference between being labeled a tattletale vs. a hero?   When should we get help in addressing concerning behavior?  Learn when to involve parents, legal counsel, and criminal authorities. Understand how bystanders are truly the norm-setters in any community.Topics:

  • Assess your philosophical approach:  Educational vs. Disciplinary.
  • What is a bystander vs. an up-stander?
  • What are approaches for students vs. adults?
  • When is it best to confront one on one vs. in a group?
  • How should you approach an alleged victim vs. alleged perpetrator?
  • Cultural sensitivity and international student issues
  • Developmental models for all ages
8:45-8:55 pm Closing Remarks

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Respect My Red Institute Resource Kit

The Respect My Red Resource Kit will be made available to all attendees online as a password protected link. The link will be sent electronically to the email address you provided during your Eventbrite registration.  At this link you will find the Respect My Red resources, curricula and other tools. This link will be active for 30 days.

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