The Pennsylvania Coalition to Advance Respect (PCAR), a division of Respect Together, works to end sexual violence and advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims. In addition to Pennsylvania-specific work, Respect Together operates the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and is a partner in Raliance. PCAR partners with a network of rape crisis programs to bring help, hope, and healing around issues of sexual violence to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PCAR assures that communities have access to quality victim services and prevention education by providing funding, training, materials, and assistance to a network of rape crisis centers that serve all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. PCAR provides resources and training on sexual assault-related issues to professionals across the Commonwealth.
PCAR is seeking to partner with an organization, individual or team to create an anti-oppression PowerPoint that can be distributed to prevention educators around the state. The content of the PowerPoint should focus on educating community audiences on the connection between anti-oppression and our work in the anti-sexual violence movement.
PCAR recently completed a health equity assessment with findings recommending that we focus our prevention efforts on the following target populations: Black/ African-American women & girls, LGBTQIA+ community, persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and older adults 60+. The anti-oppression content should relate to these identified communities by educating attendees on how to support marginalized community members while also being mindful of the potential pushback from attendees, especially in rural counties.
The PowerPoint content should include 101 level information of the following:
- Equality VS. Equity
- Explain how anti-oppression work is sexual violence preventio
- What is oppression and microaggressions
- Explain how we’re all affected by oppression, either directly or indirectly
- Bystander approaches
- Supporting identity and experiences by listening and learning
Interested individuals can also learn more from NSVRC’s 2023 SAAM theme – Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity. Please note, graphic design is not needed for this project, as we will work on this at a later date. We only need content in the PowerPoint slides and scripts and references in the notes.
The purpose of this project is to support the fiscal year 2023 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Rape Prevention and Education Program (RPE) focus on building and enhancing the primary prevention capacity of State, Territorial, and Tribal Sexual Assault Coalitions ("Coalition(s)") in preparation for sexual violence prevention strategy implementation focused on advancing health equity. This funding requires recipients to conduct a Primary Prevention Capacity Assessment of readiness to plan and implement equity-focused strategies, develop recommendations based on assessment findings to promote health equity, and advance primary prevention in future work.
PCAR has budgeted $46,719 for this project, which is based on 575 hours of work at the rate of $81.25 per hr.
We are looking for a consultant or group who has prior experience with sexual violence prevention, anti-oppression, and communicating social justice messages. This project will require collaboration as PCAR will assist with providing information, sharing resources, and coordinating meetings. The project is asked to be completed by January 31, 2024. The anticipated start date will be October 9, 2024.
PROPOSALS SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
- Applicant name and/or agency and contact information.
- Describe relevant expertise and experience related to sexual violence prevention, anti-oppression, and addressing community pushback to social justice issues.
- List specific work you have conducted with a similar focus and provide two examples of previous work.
- Describe your proposed process for PowerPoint creation.
- Outline the time frame needed to complete this process and the estimated cost for development.
The Pennsylvania Coalition to Advance Respect (PCAR) is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). One of our strategic goals is to become an antiracist organization. Included in this commitment is an interest in supporting, and developing partnerships with, minority-owned businesses or businesses that demonstrate measurable outcomes related to their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
We define diversity broadly to encompass the full spectrum of humanity, taking into account demographics such as race/ethnicity; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) status; gender identity; and disabilities, among others.
Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Addressing equity issues requires an understanding of the underlying or root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
Inclusion is the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes within an organization or group.
As such, please respond to the following questions:
- Describe your existing programs and procedures designed to encourage and foster diversity, equity and inclusion.
- If your firm is a Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned, woman-owned, or LGBTQ-owned business, please indicate so and provide information on your firm's certification and certifying agency.
- Please provide the percentage of your firm's total employees by race and gender.
- Please describe if/how your firm will use BIPOC-owned, woman-owned, or LGBTQ-owned business in the proposed relationship. Please be as specific as possible.
Consultants will be considered based on a variety of factors including:
- Demonstration of consultant’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
- Prior relevant projects or experience with firms of similar size and complexity;
- Knowledge and expertise of individuals that will work the projects;
- A proven track record of providing quality work on time;
- Ability to provide work within the scope on budget; and
- Response of references.
For further reference please see our organizational statement on our commitment to racial justice.
Proposals are to be submitted electronically to the following: Contact Angelica Brodeur and Mallory Michel, firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit a proposal is September 15, 2023 at 5 PM EST. A selection decision will be made by September 22, 2023