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OUR MISSION


 

The McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Utah will serve as a national leader in the effort to eliminate relationship and sexual violence among U.S. college students. Using a power-conscious, intersectional framework, the center seeks to bridge the gap between research and practice by bringing together the expertise of researchers, prevention educators and students to execute a comprehensive research agenda focused on the prevention of relationship and sexual violence and to disseminate knowledge across the U.S. The work of the center will intentionally focus on students from historically minoritized backgrounds, including students of color, queer and trans students and students with disabilities.

WHAT WE DO At THE U


 

On Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, President Ruth Watkins introduced the new McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention. The center’s inaugural director is Chris Linder, a professor in the College of Education and special assistance to the president for violence prevention and education. Linder and the center’s advisory board introduced its goals, mission and structure during this webinar.

BACKGROUND OF THE CENTER


 

Despite decades of research, numerous questions still remain about the dynamics of relationship and sexual violence (RSV) among college students as well as the effectiveness of strategies for addressing this violence. Specifically, most research about RSV examines the experiences of heterosexual, white cisgender women. Emerging research suggests that perpetrators may target queer and trans students, students of color and students with disabilities at even higher rates than their peers. Further, the research on RSV examines what makes someone at risk for violence, yet fails to examine patterns of perpetration of violence, resulting in limited strategies for intervening with potential perpetrators. Finally, most research on RSV looks at the problem using college students as a convenience sample, yet does not include attention to the unique dynamics and strengths of college contexts, the organization of higher education and college student development.

Therefore, to contribute to eradicating RSV, the McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention will focus on research and practice that addresses RSV from a power-conscious, intersectional lens, including attention to historically minoritized populations. Additionally, the center will focus its prevention efforts on better understanding and analyzing perpetration and peer culture as it relates to RSV.


Questions? Need more information? Contact the McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention at cvp@utah.edu

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