A group of men at Arizona State University heard the nationwide statistic that 1 in 4 women will experience attempted or completed sexual assault before they graduate college. Statistics also showed that the majority of perpetrators are men which means sexual assault is a predominately male issue. These men believed resolving the issue of sexual assault begins when men take the lead, so they formed Man Up ASU in August 2012 to address what they believe is the underlying problem of sexual assault: disrespect.
The following semester, a group of women created WOW Factor! ASU (Women of Worth) to partner with Man Up ASU. These women saw the need to change the culture and wanted to come alongside Man Up to be a part of the solution. The two groups started the Respect Movement in August 2013 to work together and build a culture of respect on high school and college campuses, starting at ASU.
The Respect Movement has since partnered with a variety of organizations, such as Students for Consent, Sun Devils Wear Prada, Hope Church, the ASU Interfraternity Council, the Sigma Phi Epsilon ASU Chapter, and Outlaw Comedy. They also started chapters at Red Mountain High School and Corona del Sol High School.
The Respect Movement is a value-based movement and welcomes anyone who wants to help build a culture of respect.
The Respect Movement exists to build a culture of respect between men and women on high school and college campuses.
Man Up defines respect as putting others' needs above my own. Members pledge to:
- Take Responsibility
- Reject Passivity
- Lead Courageously
- Initiate Respect
Wow Factor defines respect as declaring the value of every person. Members pledge to:
- Take Responsibility
- Reject Devaluing Messages
- Declare the Worth of Others
- Influence Through Respect
Brian and Wendy Smith are the lead character coaches of the Respect Movement and Red Mountain High School Athletics. Both of them are certified in the "Growing Leaders Curriculum," which is being used at thousands of schools nationwide. They have a passion for developing leaders on college and high school campuses. They have mentored hundreds of college students through campus ministry with Hope Church at Arizona State University. They've been married for over 24 years and have three sons. Brian and Wendy want to raise their sons up with the core value of respect because the issue of sexual assault is personal to Wendy and her college career.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
For the last 15 years, Corey Vale has been a key player in the digital media revolution. He's brought his strategic insight and experience to diverse leadership roles in both large corporations and small technology start-ups. He's managed digital projects for some of the largest brands in the country, including Netflix, Disney, Sony and YouTube. Additionally, Corey has broad political experience at the state and national level working with candidates, ballot measures and issue advocacy campaigns across the United States. Corey lives in Mesa, Arizona with his wife Ami and their two daughters.
Charli Turner Thorne is the Sun Devil women's basketball history and No. 2 in the Pac-12 in most career wins (354). Coach Charli Turner Thorne is at the helm of an Arizona State program that has made it to the postseason 15 of the last 16 years, including a school record five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2005-09), two Elite Eight appearances and a pair of Sweet 16 finishes. She started her coaching career at Northern Arizona. She is also past president of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Executive Committee.
Dr. Jim Gowdy graduated from The Stony Brook School and played collegiate baseball at Adelphi University. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Gowdy has served in a variety of leadership roles: math teacher, grant writer, and secondary principal. In 2012, he was named the East Valley Athletic Director of the Year. He has served on AdvancED accreditation reviews and facilitates workshops for the Danielson Group's Framework for Teaching & Pacific Institute's Pathways to Extreme Success.
Brian Smith was born in Phoenix, AZ. In addition to being a college athlete, he was a leader in Greek Life. He served as the Interfraternity Council President, Chairman of the Western Regional Greek Conference and was Greek Man of the Year. For the last 10 years, he's served as a campus pastor mentoring hundreds of college students. He’s certified in the “Growing Leaders Curriculum,” which is being used at thousands of schools nationwide. He is the founding inspiration of Man Up ASU. He's the lead character coach of the Respect Movement and Red Mountain High School Athletics. He's been married to his wife Wendy for over 24 years and has three sons.