Historical and power-conscious approaches to addressing sexual violence on campus
University of Utah
Higher Education Seminar Series
Wednesday, April 13, noon - 1 p.m.
SAEC Auditorium (Room 1151)
Examining Sexual Violence in a Historical Context: Implications for Campus Prevention and Response
People with power have used sexual violence as a tool of colonization and economic control in North America for centuries. In this presentation, we will examine the relationship between racism and rape in five major time periods in U.S. history. Further, we will consider the implications of this history on today’s campus sexual violence prevention and response practices. Participants will leave this session with a deeper, more nuanced understanding of history and considerations for uncovering and interrupting oppressive practices in campus sexual violence response.
Strategies for Navigating Activist, Advocate, and Leader Roles in the Movement to Eradicate Sexual Violence
Eradicating sexual violence requires leaders and activists to engage a variety of strategies to effectively work with different stakeholders, including peers, media representatives, university administrators, state and federal-level policy makers, among others. Sometimes, as activists, we need to be in the streets (and on social media) with protest signs; other times, we need to be in suits sitting around a table with policy makers and administrators, speaking their language. In all of these cases, we must be cognizant of our social identities and the role of power and privilege in our work. In this session, we will consider the many roles of sexual violence activists and develop strategies for navigating a variety of roles from our individual social locations. Finally, we will examine our unique strengths and how those may best contribute to the movement to eradicate sexual violence.