Navigating Sexual Violence: Tools, Innovations, and Best Practices for the Classroom

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The purpose of this learning community was to support faculty who want to meaningfully challenge the culture of sexual violence. We offered hands-on, scenario-based, and evidence-driven best practices for addressing sexual violence in the classroom, including creating a trauma-informed syllabus, using (or not) trigger warnings, handling offensive comments and common myths, facilitating difficult discussions, responding to disclosures, and offering students a hopeful way forward. Participants also learned about how to support survivors and connect them to resources.

This initiative supported key recommendations from the EMU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct Culture including creating a new general education discipline for gendered violence. Discussion topics included rape culture, consent, bystander intervention, toxic masculinity, gas-lighting, gender violence, sexual violence, and intersectional oppression in relation to sexual violence.

2023 Facillitators

  • Marilyn Corsianos, Professor of Criminology, Sociology, and Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Christine Hume, Professor of English Language and Literature