Main Navigation

Our Mission

The McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Utah engages in research and education on sexual violence among college students, particularly as it affects students from historically minoritized backgrounds, including students of color, queer and trans students, and students with disabilities. The center seeks to bridge the gap between research and education by bringing together researchers, prevention educators and students to focus on scholarship and best practices for understanding, intervening in, and preventing sexual violence. In carrying out this mission, the center's work benefits students of all backgrounds and demographics.

Our Team

The McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention is led by faculty, staff and student assistants. Faculty and staff in the center strive to engage in transformative practices aimed at shifting the campus culture to address violence at its roots. Our staff conduct on-going, in-depth research about the roots of sexual violence and use that knowledge to design educational programs and content. We intentionally hire students who are passionate about violence prevention, without requiring them to have previous experience in this area and mentor them throughout their time working for the center.

Learn more about our team at this link.


Next up with the MCVP!

MCVP Anti-Violence Book Club is back!

The MCVP Anti-Violence Book Club is back this spring with a new read: “Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement” by Tarana Burke. The book club will meet bi-monthly, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in the flexible classroom 2008 in the Marriott Library.

If you are interested and to receive the reading schedule, with the dates and chapters to be discussed, please fill out this google form. Questions? Contact Tillie Powell,



Tune in with the MCVP!

Interested in learning more about how you can help end sexual violence on our campus?

Please join us for an educational workshop series designed to help students, staff and faculty better understand sexual violence in order to address it from a primary prevention perspective--stopping harm before it happens.

Topics to be covered will range from the historic roots of sexual violence to what we know about people who cause harm, what research shows about sexual violence prevention and the role transformative justice can play in both addressing and stopping the cycle of harm.

Participants will engage in guided discussions focused on helping them recognize personal and professional strengths and individual roles that can serve as a foundation for addressing sexual violence in their social networks, research and teaching. You will increase confidence in your ability to contribute to the eradication of sexual violence on campus.

The workshops will consist of 50-minute sessions from 12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. every other Thursday, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, and running through Thursday, April 27, 2023.

To register, please fill out the form at the link embedded here.


Keeping Lauren’s Promise

The McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention is named after Lauren McCluskey, a communications major at the U, who was senselessly murdered by someone she briefly dated in October 2018. We strive to honor Lauren's legacy by working to end relationship and sexual violence among college students.


Lauren McCluskey (Photo / Steve C. Wilson / University of Utah)



Connect & Contact

To stay up-to-date on the latest MCVP news follow us on Instagram and Twitter. You may reach out to us by telephone at 801-587-3982 or by clicking the button below.


MCVP Social Media