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Grant renewed for CAPE program

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Doane received a renewal grant for $249,996 from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women according to a press release. The grant was given to the university so it can continue to operate and expand the Campus Advocacy and Prevention Education project and its resources.

Director of the CAPE Project, Suzannah Rogan, said she hopes to enhance Doane’s prevention and response to interpersonal violence, which includes sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

Senior Gabby Contreras, a CAPE peer educator, said receiving the grant felt like Christmas because it funds the CAPE Project, pays Suzannah Rogan and provides a stipend for CAPE peer educators. Without this renewal grant, the CAPE project would most likely cease to exist and Suzannah Rogan would be gone without it as well.

There are many ways that Rogan hopes to expand the outreach of the CAPE project. She wants to expand the climate survey so it reaches the non-residential campuses in Lincoln, Omaha and Grand Island so they can understand what these students are experiencing as well.

“With our non-residential students, they tend to have full-time jobs. They come in five minutes before their class. They want to print their paper and go up to their class,” Rogan said. “They don't want to talk to me, right?” 

Rogan said she wants to work with community partners and on-campus organizations to “make sure no victims fall through the cracks.”

“They don't want to come to a 45-minute bystander intervention presentation, there are things they don't want to do and so we have to figure out a different approach for those students, and so this grant will allow us to do that,” Rogan said

In her new role with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion division, Rogan hopes to work with underserved populations and student organizations like Prism and the Black Student Alliance to have prevention programming specific for certain populations of students.

“That's something that we talked about in the grant, especially for a predominantly white institution we want to reach out to those populations and say we want to work with you because we understand that you don't see yourself reflected in the programming that we do regularly,” Rogan said.

The CAPE Project is always looking for more students to join their team of CAPE peer educators and Rogan said she hopes to have a larger team next year. 

Prevention is important to Suzannah Rogan and is the main focus of the CAPE Project.

“The thing that most survivors will say is “I wish that it had never happened,” and so prevention is my number one thing that I absolutely love,” Rogan said.