Heartland Sexual Assault Policies and Prevention on Campuses Project

The Heartland Sexual Assault Policies & Prevention on Campuses Project’s (Heartland Project) primary goal is to increase post-secondary schools’ adoption of a comprehensive, gender-centered public health approach to sexual assault campus policy and prevention.

Leadership Team

Alesha Doan, Associate Professor at KU, Heartland Project Director

Dr. Doan was appointed Co-Chair of the KU’s Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual Assault in 2014. Dr. Doan has experience leading research teams, including being a principal investigator for a complex project spanning across multiple schools and five states. Dr. Doan has held several leadership positions including chairing the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department from 2013-2016.

Juliana Carlson, Assistant Professor at KU, Heartland Project Facilitator

At the state and local level, Dr. Carlson has strong relationships with many sexual and domestic violence prevention stakeholders. Dr. Carlson has also created multiple research reports and web-based educational materials, including five webinars for a national audience.

Natabhona Mabachi, Assistant Research Professor at KUMC, Heartland Project Evaluator

Dr. Mabachi is involved in several community/society level prevention/intervention programs both locally and internationally. She is currently in her third year as the evaluator for a community level Sexual Violence prevention program that is being developed by the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, which is CDC funded through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She is also skilled in stakeholder engagement and experienced in writing reports, manuscripts and presenting and disseminating materials.

Christie Holland, Heartland Project Manager

Christie has been with KU's Institute for Policy & Social Research since 2017. In addition to managing the Heartland Project, Christie supports the Center for the Study of Injustice. Christie has volunteered for KU’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Center as a Bringing in the Bystander facilitator.

Marcy Quiason, Heartland Project Graduate Research Assistant

Marcy Quiason is a graduate student in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Kansas. Ms. Quiason has served a Graduate Research Assistant with Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initative and has studied the vulnerabilities that push youth into exploitative labor situations. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a domestic violence survivor advocate in the Kansas City metropolitan area for seven years.

Technical Advisory Group

Bailey Bond is the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. In her role as the Community Engagement Coordinator, Bailey focuses on enhancing statewide capacity to support diverse, marginalized, and underserved communities. Along with campus sexual violence, Bailey provides education on topics related to anti-oppression, diversity, and social justice. Before joining the team at the Coalition, she worked at The S.A.F.E. Center in Kearney, NE working directly with victims of sexual violence and overseeing the advocacy team. Bailey’s passion for gender violence prevention and response work began after working with the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Women’s Center during the institution’s first year of the Heartland Grant.

Jeff W. Cohen currently serves as an assistant professor in the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program at the University of Washington Tacoma. He has been teaching criminal justice and related courses at the university level since 2008. His scholarship focuses on the intersections of gender, masculinities and crime, school bullying, restorative justice, and Integral theory. Dr. Cohen has experience working on projects engaging campus men in sexual assault prevention. He currently serves as Vice President of the American Men’s Studies Association, a national organization of academics, practitioners and activists dedicated to the critical study of men and masculinities.

Jill Dunlap is the Director for Equity, Inclusion and Violence Prevention at NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Prior to joining NASPA, Jill was Director of the University of California, Santa Barbara Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) Program for four years. Jill has also served as the Director of the Women’s Center at Northern Illinois University for five years, and the Assistant Director of the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for five years. In 2014, Jill served as the non-federal negotiator representing four-year, public institutions on the Violence Against Women Act negotiated rulemaking committee. Jill has been trained as a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and California, and has more than 2,000 hours of advocacy and crisis intervention training. She has worked closely with college student survivors of interpersonal violence in a professional capacity for more than 13 years. Jill was one of 29 members of the University of California Presidential Task Force to Reduce Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault, which was charged with revising the University of California policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence to align with the 2013 reauthorization of VAWA. Jill has written four successful Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking on Campus through the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women on three different campuses, totaling more than $800,000. Jill has extensive training in both Title IX and Clery compliance. In addition, Jill has been an adjunct faculty member at a diverse range of institutions, including a two-year community college, a four-year public institution and a for-profit institution, teaching in the field of Sociology. In addition, Jill taught the first for-credit course focused on understanding interpersonal violence on campus at UCSB in Fall 2012 with the Feminist Studies Department. Jill completed her PhD in Political Science and Public Administration at Northern Illinois University in Fall 2016, where her dissertation work focused on the experiences of students impacted by sexual violence on campus. In addition to her dissertation research, Jill is the principle investigator on several other IRB-approved research projects related to gender-based violence on campus. Among those projects is a needs assessment of prevention educators and advocates on campus, a campus website content analysis assessing for resources provided to survivors, and a salary survey of campus professionals.

Sarah Hachmeister is the Statewide SANE/SART Project Coordinator at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. In that role, she provides training and technical assistance to a wide range of multidisciplinary professionals on sexual and domestic violence dynamics, response, and prevention. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University and a bachelor’s degree in family studies human services from Kansas State University.

Laurie K. Hart, LMSW is the Program Coordinator for the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education (SVPE) program at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree and her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Kansas. She is also a Licensed Master Social Worker through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. In her current position as the KDHE SVPE Coordinator, she provides technical assistance to local communities and schools working to implement sexual violence primary prevention programming using the social ecological model. She also has several projects that focus on a shared risk and protective factor approach to sexual violence prevention. In addition, she serves as the chair for the National Rape Prevention Education Directors Council. Prior to working at KDHE, Ms. Hart was employed at a community-based rape crisis center as the director of a sexual violence prevention program.

Matthew Huffman is the Prevention Director at the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence. He joined the staff in 2012 as a Program Development Specialist with a focus on prevention programming. Matthew has experience in community organizing, and prevention work with middle-school to college-age students. He has developed programs promoting healthy sexuality and relationships in the LGBTQ community, and helped revive the University of Missouri–Columbia’s Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center’s work with men on campus. He gained valuable experience at True North in Columbia, first as a shelter advocate and then as a youth outreach coordinator.

Rebeca Llamas is from Brownsville, Texas and is currently a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Architectural Engineering. As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she created a campaign named Students Against Sexual Assault to promote awareness among upperclassmen in high school and incoming college freshmen about sexual assault on university campuses. Her website, studentsagainstsexualassault.com, contains sexual assault prevention resources available in each university in the US along with general information on consent, primary prevention, and what to do if you or a friend has been sexually assaulted.

James Moran (he/him/his) currently serves as the Education Coordinator for the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, a nonprofit that serves LGBTQ-identified survivors in Missouri and Kansas who have experienced violence, trauma, harassment, and neglect. James also serves as an adjunct professor in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at the University of Central Missouri. An LGBTQ community activist and organizer for over 10 years, James has taught on LGBTQ issues, violence prevention, and bystander intervention, and has created and facilitated various support groups for LGBTQ-identified folks of various ages in multiple states. James is a nationally-certified Victim Advocate with a passion for LGBTQ advocacy and activism, believing that each person is an expert in their own experience and needs, and uses this queer feminist philosophy to help support individuals on their own path.

Dr. Lindsay Orchowski is a Staff Clinical Psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital, and Assistant Professor (Research) at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She also serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the Alpert Medical School. Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of theory-driven sexual assault prevention programs. She has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Defense to evaluate promising sexual assault prevention approaches for middle school, high school, college and military populations. These programs have included bystander intervention skills training models, social norms marketing campaigns, self-defense and resistance education workshops for women, interventions to engage men as allies in violence prevention, and programs for high risk groups that focus specifically on alcohol use as a risk for sexual aggression. Dr. Orchowski is a member of the AAU Campus Climate Survey design team, and is an Associate Editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly.


  • Heartland Project Webinar Series

    Recordings and other materials from project webinars. Contact the Institute for Policy & Social Research, IPSR@ku.edu, to access this information.

  • "What Were You Wearing" Student-Survivor Art Installation

    The "What Were You Wearing" Survivor Art Installation was developed to create a tangible response to one of our most pervasive rape culture myths. The belief that clothing or what someone was wearing "causes" rape is extremely damaging for both survivors and for our community. This installation allows participants to see themselves reflected not only in the outfits, but in the experiences of the survivors.

  • The National Center for Campus Public Safety: Applying the Best Available Resea…

    This webinar with Kathleen C. Basile provides an overview of the latest knowledge related to sexual violence, including risk and protective factors, evidence-based strategies, and the need for comprehensive, multi-level approaches that address the complexities of this problem.