Campus Sexual Assault in the #MeToo Era: Research, Practice & Action

February 8, 2018

In this panel-style webinar, five experts with a wide array of experiences share their insights and work on campus sexual assault in the current political climate, including legislative changes at the federal level, current research on prevention and response, key issues for practitioners, and opportunities and challenges for activism around these issues. 

About the Panelists:

Wagatwe Wanjuki, BA is a writer, activist, speaker, and social media campaigner at Daily Kos who first got her start blogging and organizing for social change as a co-organizer of the movement at Tufts University for an improved sexual assault policy. As a survivor-turned-activist, she uses her experience to help the most disempowered to use the power of new media to raise the voices of the most marginalized.

LaWanda Swan, MA is the Director of the Respect Program at Emory University and has worked at both Vanderbilt and Mississippi State universities within the scope of violence prevention, advocacy, and bystander intervention education. She takes particular interest in grant writing, policy review, and has experience developing free-standing centers dedicated to campus violence prevention. She is a founder and leadership council member of the Campus Advocates and Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA)

Victoria Banyard, PhD is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire with an affiliation with the Justice Studies Program. She is a research and evaluation consultant for Prevention Innovations Research Center and received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.

Kathryn Holland, PhD received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

This panel will be moderated by McKenzie Javorka, BA, a doctoral student in the Ecological-Community Psychology program at Michigan State University studying system responses to sexual violence with a focus on campus sexual assault.

Brought to you by the SCRA Women's Committee

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Recommended Resources from the Panelists:

Action & Advocacy Organizations

Learn more, get involved & stay up-to-date

  • Know Your IX - "a survivor youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools."
  • SurvJustice - "national not-for-profit organization that increases the prospect of justice for all survivors through legal assistance, policy advocacy, and institutional training."
  • National Women's Law Center - "passionate champions of policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential throughout their lives - at school, at work, at home, and in their communities."
  • Equal Rights Advocates - "protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls."
Other Panelist-Recommended Resources
  • Intro to Story-Based Strategy - "Story-based strategy is a participatory approach that links movement building with an analysis of narrative power and places storytelling at the center of social change."
  • Intersections of Identity and Sexual Violence on Campus: Centering Minoritized Students' Experiences - Edited by Jessica C. Harris & Chris Linder, Forward by Wagatwe Wanjuki