Holly Rider-Milkovich currently serves as the Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, the nationally recognized sexual and intimate partner violence response and prevention program at the University of Michigan. As the Director of SAPAC, Ms. Rider-Milkovich provides direction and leadership to the University’s sexual and intimate partner violence response, education and prevention efforts across campus. Ms. Rider-Milkovich co-authored University of Michigan’s newly revised sexual misconduct policy and is providing institutional leadership in implementing the undergraduate and graduate student education efforts related to this policy institution-wide. Ms. Rider-Milkovich also co-chairs the Abuse Hurts Initiative, a cross-campus effort to address the effects of domestic violence in the workplace and connect survivors to appropriate campus and community-based resources.
Under Ms. Rider-Milkovich’s direction, SAPAC received commendation from the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention for its excellence in developing and implementing a comprehensive sexual and intimate partner violence prevention education program on campus. She has contributed her expertise to the development of Haven, the nationally-recognized sexual violence prevention on-line educational program currently implemented on over 150 campuses nationally. She is a frequently-sought consultant and speaker on issues related to sexual and intimate partner violence on college campuses and has provided expert guidance to many institutions of higher education and to media outlets such as the New York Times, National Public Radio, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomsberg News Group, USA Today, and local and regional media outlets. Most recently, Ms. Rider-Milkovich has provided expertise to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on best practices for campus-based sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and response efforts. The Department of Education recognized Ms. Rider-Milkovich’s expertise by appointing her to represent four-year colleges and universities in the federal negotiated rule-making committee for the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization 2013.
Ms. Rider-Milkovich is the former Executive Director of a three-county domestic violence prevention and services program and emergency shelter in southeast Georgia and provided state-level leadership while serving on Executive Board of the Georgia Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. She has worked in teams with law enforcement as a Police Response Advocate and has experience as an Emergency Room Advocate for an urban SANE program. Ms. Rider-Milkovich has taught women’s studies courses at the college level and has expertise in curriculum development and evaluation as well as program development, implementation and evaluation. She brings two decades of experience in sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and response and in higher education to her role at SAPAC.
She serves as a Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair.