Culture of Respect


Culture of Respect

Initiative reaffirms Stockton's ongoing commitment to civility, community and safety.

Stockton University debuted its Culture of Respect initiative in Fall 2018 with a town hall presentation on Sept. 13 in the Event Center. The initiative goes beyond just addressing one issue of sexual assault or discrimination. It is based on the concepts of civility, safety and community for all.

“It is important that all of us work together to make this happen,” Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said. “I ask all of you: Let’s work together to make this a violence-free institution in every way possible.”

The Division of Student Affairs supports student belonging and safety by leading the initiative.

Culture of Respect-sponsored events and programs were promoted to 11,000 Stockton community members each week during the 2018-2019 academic year and will continue. These events and programs provide education and a safe space for students and community members to interact, collaborate on issues, and build understanding of one another. Events included multiple support group meetings, film screenings, walk-in consultations with counselors, meditation, yoga, arts and crafts, topic discussions, guest speakers and lecture series.

Vice President for Student Affairs Christopher Catching encourages students to seek out resources that can help them succeed, and clubs or organizations that will create their community on campus. As the first in his family to attend college, he found the community he needed in the Educational Opportunity Fund program.

“Get connected - with a class, a club, a group of friends,” he said. “That will contribute to your success.”

Resources include the Bias Prevention Education and Review Team website, Stockton Safe, the Care & Community Standards Office, Counseling Center, Women’s Gender & Sexuality Center, and the Be Prepared website. OspreyHub, the new centralized location for all student clubs and organizations, serves as a resource for students to find events, join clubs, or start their own.


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New Programs Building a Culture of Respect

Partners and departments across campus have worked together to develop or enhance programming to promote student inclusion and success. Here are some highlights:

  • "Let's Talk" and "We Are Diverse" counseling outreach groups were launched to extend the reach and awareness of the Counseling Center.
  • FirstOspreys and the inaugural Access Week programs provide support for first-generation students and families.
  • To.Get.Her mentoring program supports undergraduate women of color.
  • The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Center expanded their Osprey Advocate Hotline to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Chris Catching
Chris Catching, vice president for Student Affairs, addresses the crowd at the Culture of Respect Town Hall.
Women's Day
Staff from the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Center help celebrate International Women's Day on March 8.
Bias Prevention Education and Review Team
Stockton's Bias Prevention Education and Review Team initiative and website help students and Stockton community members learn more about what bias incidents and hate crimes are, how to report crimes or unsafe conditions, and find resources.