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UNI's Center for Violence Prevention opens Jan. 28

January 25, 2011

Annette Lynch, director, UNI Center for Violence Prevention, 319-273-2114,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


Verizon Foundation awards $10,000 grant to infuse violence prevention strategies into university curriculum 

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) will celebrate its opening at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, at the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109, at the University of Northern Iowa. The event is open to the public.

The program will include remarks from Ben Allen, UNI president; Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost, UNI; Sen. Chuck Grassley; Binnie LeHew, bureau chief of disability and violence prevention, Iowa Department of Public Health; Alan Heisterkamp, Waitt Institute and director of the Mentors for Violence Prevention Institute; and John Flannery, vice president of external and government affairs, Verizon.

Verizon Foundation will announce a $10,000 grant to support the center's programs.

The center will house a Regents-wide campus violence training, curriculum and programming initiative focused on campus violence. The CVP will support the development and dissemination of best practices for responding to and preventing interpersonal violence on university campuses, in K through 12 classrooms and in Iowa communities and the surrounding region.

One of the core missions of the center is to create a regional dissemination site to share research, services and violence prevention education. Verizon's grant will support the center's Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Leadership Institute.

The MVP program is a gender violence, bullying and school violence approach that encourages young men and women from all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities.

"Verizon's support of UNI's new center and the Mentors in Violence Prevention program will allow us to better prepare our aspiring teachers to infuse these strategies and programs into the K through 12 classrooms," said Annette Lynch, director of UNI's CVP.

The CVP is supported by a $700,000 grant from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to focus on decreasing gender violence and will support the center's programs and services. Additional funding includes $115,000 from the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention located in Sioux City, Iowa and $15,000 from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The CVP will launch a website in conjunction with the center opening, For more information, contact Annette Lynch at 319-273-2114 or