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beyond mandatory reporting:

Relationship & sexual violence education

for faculty & staff at the U


A Virtual, Four-part* Educational Series

FEBRUARY 24, MARCH 3, 17, AND 31

 3 TO 5 PM

*participants should plan to attend all four workshops

  • Examine individual and collective beliefs, ideas, and understandings about relationship and sexual violence among college students; 
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the nuances of relationship and sexual violence among college students; 
  • Consider the role of power, privilege, and oppression in addressing relationship and sexual violence; 
  • Create a personal action plan for addressing relationship and sexual violence in their circles of influence.

Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Program Details

One strategy for shifting a culture related to more effectively addressing relationship and sexual violence is to help people better understand the nuance of the issue and to provide many avenues for people to engage around the topic. Rather than providing “training” to teach people what to do, we will provide an educational series to help people think more critically about the topics and think about how they can address them in their own lives and circles of influence.

Participants will engage in a voluntary four-part workshop series over the course of 4-6 weeks and should not sign up if they cannot engage in all four workshops. Workshops will require some pre-reading, reflection, and dialogue. These are not lecture-based workshops - they are based on reflection and discussion among group members.

At the conclusion of the workshop series, participants will connect with people in different groups to share what they learned and their strategies for integrating change into their circles of influence. They will be paired with an accountability buddy to continue to support each other in implementing their action plan. The facilitator will also convene a monthly discussion group for on-going dialogue, education, and support for implementing their action plan.

To sign up, follow this link.


Examining Knowledge, Attitudes, & Beliefs about Relationship & Sexual Violence among College Students


In this session, we will examine our individual ideas about RSV and the dominant narrative about RSV. We will then examine the differences between awareness, prevention, and response of relationship and sexual violence and discuss where most of our practices fall. This session is intended to be an assessment of current practices and ideas to get a sense of where we are collectively and individually.

Feb. 24, 3-5 p.m., via Zoom.


Understanding the Realities of Relationship & Sexual Violence among College Students


In this session, we will explore the ways RSV intersects with various forms of oppression, impacting students differently based on their social locations. Specifically, we will consider ways that students of color, queer and trans students, and students with disabilities experience RSV differently than what is portrayed in the dominant narrative. Finally, we will examine patterns of perpetration, including the various aspects of our cultures that allow RSV to thrive.

March 3, 3-5 p.m., via Zoom.


Examining Strategies to Reduce Harm — Education & Transformative Justice


In this session, we will explore various strategies designed to eliminate and reduce the prevalence of RSV among college students. Specifically, we will examine transformative justice as a strategy for ending all forms of violence - including RSV and state violence. Without co-opting the work of minoritized communities, we will explore how transformative justice may work within our communities to address issues of oppression and violence.

March 17, 3-5 p.m., via Zoom.


Developing a Personalized Action Plan


Each participant will develop their own action plan to address RSV in their own circle of influence. The participants will workshop their ideas, getting feedback from the facilitator and their peers about their plan.

March 31, 3-5 p.m., via Zoom.



Workshop Facilitator

Workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Chris Linder, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy and Director, McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention. You can read more about Chris and her work here.