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Community & Identity-Based Education to Address Relationship and Sexual Violence


Despite experiencing persistently high rates of relationship and sexual violence (RSV), people with minoritized identities (i.e., queer and trans people, people with disabilities, and people of color) are often ignored in mainstream educational and awareness programs about RSV. This exclusion is usually unintentional and frequently stems from educational programs being designed to reach a large number of students at once. These programs usually focus on a “typical” student, which usually means cisgender heterosexual white women when it comes to issues of RSV.

Further, when historically minoritized communities are included in educational programming, the programing is designed using research or “best practices” centered around dominant groups (i.e., white, cisgender, heterosexual women) resulting in disempowerment, misunderstanding, and tokenization of people with minoritized identities. For example, when educators do not understand the relationship between minoritized communities and criminal justice systems, they may disempower people by over-relying on police for response. 

The Community and Identity-Based Education (CIBE) program seeks to address these challenges by centering people with minoritized identities as experts on our own experiences and supporting the development of educational programs by and for minoritized people as it relates to RSV.


Through the CIBE program, we seek to identify and support graduate students with minoritized identities to develop identity-specific educational programming for undergraduate students who share their identities.

In the first year of the program beginning in the fall 2021 semester, we will focus on queer and trans people, people with disabilities, people of color, and people with a combination of these identities.

Interested graduate students will enroll in a 3-credit graduate level course (draft syllabus here) that will provide a historical and nuanced exploration of the complex dynamics of RSV and oppression among college students. Each graduate student (individually or in pairs) will develop and facilitate a series of workshops with undergraduate students in a shared identity group during the spring 2022 semester.


If you are a graduate student who:

  • likes trying/starting/building new things,
  • is comfortable with ambiguity and imperfection,
  • wants to better understand and address RSV,
  • identifies as a person of color, person with a disability, or queer or trans person,

…please join us at one of our information sessions to learn more!

Register by clicking below:

Tuesday, April 6, 5 p.m. 

Friday, April 9, 2 p.m.

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This program is new, different from many programs we have tried before. It is imperfect. And it may feel somewhat vague. We do not know exactly what it will look like – the point is that we will create it together, requiring participants to be comfortable with ambiguity. We cannot wait for perfection to begin trying. We’ve been waiting far too long, and people are suffering. We must do better – however imperfect it may be. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for – instead of looking around and asking, “who is doing this?,” let’s be the ones doing this. Let’s roll up our sleeves, dig in to this messy work, and build something that serves our communities.

I’m interested! What’s next?

Please fill out this registration form and we’ll follow up with you with additional details!