About Us

Our Mission

Dating violence and stalking are some of the most pressing issues facing universities and colleges today. One third of all women report dating violence by a current or previous partner. University and college campuses are not trained to respond effectively to these problems. The Lauren McCluskey Foundation was founded to honor the life and spirit of Lauren Jennifer McCluskey by bringing awareness to, funding research for, and providing resources to change the culture that responds poorly to dating violence and stalking on campuses.

Our mission is to let Lauren’s light shine by supporting her passions, including animal welfare, amateur athletics, and by making campuses across the country a place where students are safe, supported, and have the ability to thrive.

Our Mission

Dating violence and stalking are some of the most pressing issues facing universities and colleges today. One third of all women report dating violence by a current or previous partner. University and college campuses are not trained to respond effectively to these problems. The Lauren McCluskey Foundation was founded to honor the life and spirit of Lauren Jennifer McCluskey by bringing awareness to, funding research for, and providing resources to change the culture that responds poorly to dating violence and stalking on campuses.

Our mission is to let Lauren’s light shine by supporting her passions, including animal welfare, amateur athletics, and by making campuses across the country a place where students are safe, supported, and have the ability to thrive.

Our Campus Safety Initiatives

Join us to make campuses across the country a safe place

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Expand the Adoption of Lauren’s Promise
Faculty should be equipped with the appropriate resources and materials to respond effectively to student reports of dating violence and stalking. The Campus Safety Initiative will refine and enhance Lauren’s Promise materials and training for faculty through a faculty ambassador program.
03
Create a Best Practices Blueprint for Effective Response
Campus leaders, police, and public safety officers should adopt best practices for effective response to dating violence and stalking. The blueprint will be built upon the Clery Act and will be a resource for training and evaluating campus safety organizations.
05
Share Resources to Strengthen Dating Violence and Stalking Laws
The Campus Safety Initiative will provide information about state laws and resources and advocate to strengthen dating violence and stalking laws at the state and federal level.

Board of Directors

Nicole Drumhiller, PhD

Prof & Interim Dean of School of Security & Global Studies at American Public University,
Rep. for Security Policy

Mark Duggan, PhD

Cooperman Professor of Economy and Director of Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research,
Rep. for Crime, Health, and Enforcement Policy

Amos Guiora, PhD

Professor of Law at the University of Utah,
Rep. for Institutional Complicity Enabling Culture and Sexual Assaults

Jani Iwamoto

Utah State Senator and Attorney,
Rep. for Campus Safety and Accountability

Jill McCluskey, PhD

Regents Professor, School of Economic Sciences,
Founder and Chair

Matt McCluskey, PhD

Professor of Physics,
Founder and Treasurer

Ron Mittelhammer, PhD

Regents Professor,
Rep. for Higher Education and University Admin

Bryan Slinker, DVM, PhD

Dean Emeritus, College of Veterinary Medicine @ WSU
Rep. for Animal Welfare

Chris Vogel

Teacher and Track & Field Coach,
Rep. for Amateur Athletics

Nicole Drumhiller

Nicole Drumhiller, PhD, CTM is the Interim Dean for the School of Security and Global Studies at the American Public University System. She is a Certified Threat Manager (CTM) through the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and a threat management and biosecurity consultant with NKD Consulting, LLC. She is a co-founder of the Online International Intelligence Hub which brings together professionals and academics in the intelligence and security fields to foster a collaborative exchange of ideas and networking opportunities for the study of intelligence. She is a certified Leadership & Resilience Coach with the BlueRio Institute.  Dr. Drumhiller has presented internationally, to include before the Italian Senate, on a variety of topics relevant to leadership and group behavior, terrorism, intelligence, and security. Her recent book, co-edited with Rubén Arcos and Mark Phythian is entitled The Academic-Practitioner Divide in Intelligence Studies (Roman & Littlefield, 2022). Some of her other published have appeared in the Global Security and Intelligence Studies journal, Journal of Coercion, Abuse, and Manipulation, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

Mark Duggan

Mark Duggan is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering at M.I.T. in 1992 and 1994, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1999. He currently is a Co-Editor at the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and was previously a Co-Editor at the Journal of Public Economics. Before arriving to Stanford in the summer of 2014, Duggan served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (2011-14), the University of Maryland’s Economics Department (2003-11), and the University of Chicago’s Economics Department (1999-2003).

Professor Duggan’s research focuses primarily on the effect of government expenditure programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid on the behavior of individuals and firms. Some of his more recent research is exploring the effect of federal disability programs on the labor market and of changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs on the cost and quality of health care. He is also estimating the effect of patent reforms in India on the price and utilization of pharmaceutical treatments. His research has been published in leading academic journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics and has been featured in outlets such as The Economist, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Amos Guiora

Amos N. Guiora is Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah. He is a Distinguished Fellow at The Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a Distinguished Fellow and Counselor at the International Center for Conflict Resolution, Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. He is the Inaugural Chair of the University of Utah Independent Review Committee, Chair of the Gymnastics Canada Task Force on Assault, and a Member of the Board of Advisors for S.E.S.A.M.E. (Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct & Exploitation), the leading national voice for the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment of students by teachers and other school staff.

Professor Guiora has an A.B. in history from Kenyon College, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and a PhD from Leiden University. He has published extensively both in the United States and Europe on issues related to human rights, national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power, and multiculturalism.

His most recent book is Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults (2020). His previous books include Populist and Islamist Challenges for International Law (2019); Earl Warren, Ernesto Miranda and Terrorism (2018); The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust (2017); and Tolerating Intolerance: The Price of Protecting Extremism (2014).

Professor Guiora has been actively involved in legislative efforts to criminalize bystanders and enablers in the United States and internationally. In Utah, a Bystander Bill was passed in 2021 and an Enabler Bill will be introduced in the 2022 legislative session.

www.crimeofcomplicity.com

www.armiesofenablers.com

Jani Iwamoto

Senator Jani Iwamoto was elected to the Utah State Senate to represent District 4 in 2014. She serves in Senate leadership as Assistant Minority Whip. She previously served on the Salt Lake County Council where she became the first Asian American woman elected in the state of Utah. Jani graduated Magna Cum Laude in Mass Communications from the University of Utah and went on to receive a J.D. from the U.C. Davis School of Law, later practicing law as a partner in a prominent California law firm. In the Utah State Legislature, Senator Iwamoto serves on over two dozen committees. She is passionate about criminal and social justice issues, election integrity, and environmental quality. Senator Iwamoto has passed key bills enhancing university campus safety plans, creating studies of law enforcement governance and data disaggregation on crimes, increasing penalties for repeat perpetrators of domestic violence.

Jill McCluskey

Jill McCluskey co-founded the Lauren McCluskey Foundation with her husband Matt after the murder of her daughter Lauren. Jill serves as the Foundation’s President. Jill was a “track mom” to Lauren. They traveled nationally for Lauren to compete and loved spending time together on these trips. In the Foundation, Jill’s main focus is on campus safety, and she is also supportive of the Foundation’s two additional strategic objectives dealing with amateur athletics and animal welfare, which were two of Lauren’s passions. She started the Lauren’s Promise campaign, and she is collaborating on the campus safety score initiative. She shares Lauren’s story to increase awareness of the danger of dating violence and make positive change, so that others will not lose their daughters to violence. Jill is also a Regents Professor and Director of the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University.

Matt McCluskey

Matt McCluskey is Westinghouse Professor of Materials Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Washington State University (WSU). He received his Physics Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1997, under the supervision of Professor Eugene Haller. His research, performed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, focused on hydrogen in semiconductors. He did postdoctoral research at Xerox PARC, where he studied semiconductors used in blue lasers, under the supervision of Dr. Noble Johnson. He joined the WSU faculty as an assistant professor in 1998. He has a broad research background in materials and high-pressure physics. McCluskey has authored or coauthored over 100 publications, including a graduate textbook on defects in semiconductors, and 2 patents. He co-founded Klar Scientific, a startup company that develops spectroscopic microscopes, in 2016 with Dr. Rick Lytel.

Ron Mittelhammer

Ron Mittelhammer was promoted to Regents Professor, Washington State University’s highest academic rank, in 2004. He served as Director of the School of Economic Sciences from 2004-2010. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Rutgers University in 1972 and 1974, and his Ph.D. from WSU in 1977. He is the author of over 250 publications and presentations, including over 100 refereed journal publications, three major books on statistics and econometrics including An Information Theoretic Approach to Econometrics published by Cambridge University Press, 2012, and the 2nd edition of his statistics textbook, Mathematical Statistics for Economics and Business, published by Springer-Verlag, 2013, as well as numerous book chapters. He is a celebrated graduate-level teacher, having received national and university-wide awards for instruction, including the national  Agricultural and Applied Economics Association award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching, the Washington State University Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, and the College of Agriculture and Home Economics Teaching Excellence Award. He was recognized as a Journal of Econometrics Fellow, a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, a Fellow of the Western Agricultural Economics Association in 2004, served as President-elect, President, and Past President of the AAEA from 2008-2011, and is a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He served as Dean of WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences from 2013 – 2018, and also served the University as Interim Co-Provost in 2015-2016. He received Washington State University’s highest faculty honor, the Eminent Faculty Award, in 2014, and recently received the Lane Rawlins Distinguished Lifetime Service award from WSU in 2019.

Bryan Slinker

Bryan Slinker retired in 2020 as Professor and Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University (WSU).  He received his DVM and PhD degrees from WSU in 1980 and 1982 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Cardiovascular Research Institute of the University of California, San Francisco from 1982 – 1986.  He then was Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine from 1986 – 1992 before returning to WSU in 1992 as an Associate Professor. He chaired the Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology (VCAPP; now Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience) from 1998 – 2008. He then served as Dean from 2008 – 2019, when he was tapped as Interim Provost until he retired. 

He taught biomedical statistics, bioethics, and responsible conduct of research to graduate students; and ethics, professionalism, developmental anatomy, heart and circulatory physiology, and cardiovascular, blood, respiratory and renal pharmacology to veterinary students.  His research focused on heart and cardiac muscle function and adaptation.  He also co-authored a statistics text, Primer of Applied Regression and Analysis of Variance (now in 3rd ed.). He is a Fellow of the Cardiovascular Section of the American Physiological Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Among his initiatives as dean were developing collaborations with the Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue and the Idaho Humane Society in Boise to support WSU veterinary student education. Since 2014 he has served as a site visitor for the AVMA’s Council on Education, which oversees veterinary school accreditation.  He was a Director of the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle from 2009 – 2021, serving on the Animal Care the Education and Conservation, and the Governance Committees, as well as on the Seattle ad hoc taskforce that made recommendations for the elephant program at the zoo.  He is currently also a Director of the Washington State Animal Health Foundation.

Chris Vogel

Chris Vogel is a Track Coach,, and Special Education Teacher, in Spokane, Wa. He coached Lauren in the Javelin from 8th to 12th grade. At Northwood Middle School, his last team totaled 184 athletes across grades 6-8. Chris has also been active in the USATF and as a clinician and coach. On the track, he competed in decathlon through his sophomore year in college before switching to football at Eastern Washington. He also qualified and competed in four US Olympic Trials in cycling (bikes).