Schedule at a Glance

#RespectCon13 Schedule

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WELCOME to #RESPECTCON13 & BREAKFAST – 9:00am-9:30am - Winship Ballroom

Featuring Dr. Ajay Nair, Ruben Diaz, Emily Chapman, & Lauren (LB) Bernstein (Emory University)

Break – 9:30am-9:40am

SESSION 1 – 9:40am-10:50am


Engaging Men in Sexual Violence Prevention – DUC E334

Dr. Ben Perlman (Emory University), Meera Seshadri (Emory University), Jeff Segal (Activist, New York City), Sean Smith (Randolph Macon College) – facilitated by Michael Faccini

Engaging men is an essential tool for preventing sexual violence.  Speaking from a variety of perspectives on college campuses, in communities, and abroad, this diverse group will present strategies and tools for examining and changing men’s roles in ending sexual violence.

Creating Partnerships to End Sexual Violence – DUC E332

Paige Miller & Elle Shaaban-Magaana (University of Alabama) and Alison Pearce & Dr. Amy Hoch (Rowan University), moderated by Ray Desautels

Incidents of interpersonal violence may present themselves at various departments on campus (women’s center, counseling center, police departments, residential communities, classrooms, etc.). How are these violent incidences addressed and who addresses them? How are we collaborating to both respond to and prevent sexual violence on campus?  There will be a facilitated discussion at the end of the presentation to answer questions about campus involvement, response from the campus and outside community, and to share ideas about how to create a culture of respect.

Innovations in Bystander Intervention – DUC E338

Nicole Bouchard (Duke University), Angela Amar (Emory University), Facilitated by Chelsea Austin

Sexual and partner violence are widespread problems on college campuses. By changing attitudes, beliefs, and behavior, bystander education programs have been found to prevent sexual and partner violence and improve the responses of peers to survivors. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss principles of bystander behavior, summarize current research on bystander education regarding sexual assault prevention, and to discuss strategies to consider in implementing a bystander education approach. Duke University’s PACT Program (Prevent. Act. Challenge. Teach.), an interactive, student-facilitated training will also be discussed as well as Friends Helping Friends.

Break 10:50am-11:00am

SESSION 2 – 11:00am-12:10pm

Social Justice & Sexual Violence – DUC E338

Danielle Steele (Emory University), Dr. Jane Yang (Emory University), & Jon Hurst (University of Georgia), facilitated by Marc Cordon (Emory University)

We cannot work to end sexual violence without working to end oppression and to foster social justice. This panel will incorporate panelists various experiences in working with survivors from various backgrounds and building inclusive movements to end sexual violence on their campuses.  A discussion of how to create socially just sexual assault prevention initiatives will follow. 

Student Leadership in Creating a Survivor Supportive Campus – DUC E334

Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (Emory University), Trish Yeh (Washington University in St. Louis), facilitated by Laura Di Panfilo

Creating a safer community for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses involves every student’s support. Sexual Assault Peer Advocates are creating this community at Emory University by running peer-led, student empowering training to make sure that every survivor has support from other students and every student can be empowered to be an advocate for social change. SARAH (Sexual Assault & Rape Anonymous Helpline) at Washington University utilizes students trained to staff a 24/7 hotline to train students on how to create safer spaces. In addition, restorative justice practices have emerged as a way to engage students in processes to heal communities after sexual assault. These student leaders will present on their successes and challenges while facilitating a broader conversation.

Integrating Alcohol Abuse and Sexual Violence Prevention  DUC E332

Willie Bannister, LPC & Jessica Hill, MPH, facilitated by Lex Gilbert (all from Emory University)

This session will explore the complex factors that contribute to the co-occurrence of alcohol abuse and sexual violence. We will use a social ecological framework to discuss risk and protective factors for both alcohol abuse and sexual violence, with a specific focus on implications for prevention. Session participants will be asked to consider and to share ideas about how groups working to end sexual assault and groups working to prevent high-risk alcohol use can more effectively work together to promote student health and wellness.


The Emory Sex Ed Squad turns theory from a classroom course into action via a theater collective.  Students were trained on theories and strategies behind activist sexual-health education theater and learned how to use humor, personal narrative, interactive theater and non-judgmental, sexuality-affirming approaches that have been utilized to open empowering and educational dialogues about sexual health by and for a diverse range of communities.  As a part of the course, students perform in local Atlanta high schools for ninth graders and lead forum theater events in health classes.  The work created by the collective is an essential component of a larger project called AMP!, an AIDS intervention project designed in California by the Art and Global Health Center at UCLA and adapted for 9th graders in Atlanta.  This course is taught by Ken Hornbeck (Emory) and Bobby Gordon (UCLA). Facilitated by Heather Zesiger, Director of the Office of Health Promotion

Break 1:40pm-1:50pm

SESSION 3 – 1:50pm-3:00pm

Sexual Violence in the Media – DUC E334

Caleb Peng (Emory University), Tara Misra (University of Georgia), Cameron Kunzleman (Georgia State University), facilitated by Jeff Segal (Activist, NYC)

Media has the power to both perpetuate and challenge rape culture.  This conversation will approach media from various perspectives including video creation, sexual assault in the news especially the Rhianna and Chris Brown coverage, and sexual violence in video games. Strategies for harnessing media will also be discussed as part of this dialogue.

Go to the Greeks: Engaging Greek Lettered Organization in Sexual Assault Prevention – DUC E338

Sean Smith (Randolph Macon), facilitated by Lisa Sthreshley

Fraternities and sororities are pivotal places to start when mapping a course to prevent sexual assault on college campuses.  There has been a lot of media attention to sexual assault in the Greek community and “rape lists” produced by fraternities.  This presentation will provide participants with a road map on how to engage Greek organizations in the efforts to prevent sexual assault on a college campus and in off-campus Greek-affiliated gatherings. 

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence – DUC E332

Partnership Against Domestic Violence (Laura Barton) Facilitated by Alyse Lopez-Salm

While intimate partner violence is experienced most by women age 16-24, this is often not a central part of the dialogue on college campuses about ending violence. This session will explore the nature and dynamics of intimate partner violence, initiatives to prevent it, and key topics that relate to sexual assault prevention such as reproductive coercion and sexual assault in the context of an abusive relationship.

Working through Theater: Pedagogy and Rape Culture – Winship Ballroom

Conrad Honicker (Emory University), facilitated by Carissa Ruf 

Sometimes, it’s hard for people to truly envision what it means to be in a culture where rape is affirmed and consent is neglected. This workshop will work to help participants mark the mechanisms of rape culture and identify, for their individual needs, what they can do to reorient themselves into a consent building culture.  In this workshop, we will add depth to our knowledge of rape culture, work through tough subject matter using theater and bodies, and expand creative ways of thinking about how to inspire culture change with our own bodies.

Break – 3:00pm-3:10pm

SESSION 4 – 3:10pm-4:20pm

When the Going Gets Tough: Finding Hope in Challenging Moments – DUC E332

Courtney Miller, LMSW (YWCA of Shobish County - Seattle, WA) – Facilitated by Elyssa Hausman (Emory University)

While we have made vast advances in preventing and ending sexual violence, one can become overwhelmed by the amount of work that there is left to do. This presentation will draw on the work done by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and her book, Trauma Stewardship, in order to explore the ways that doing this work affects our lives. In spite of our best efforts, working to end sexual violence can have an effect on our lives outside of the time that we plan to commit to the issue. This presentation will go beyond the typical self-care brainstorming to take a closer look at why we came into the work, how we continue to find hope in the face of adversity, and ways that we can strive to use collaboration and community to create a greater sense of connection. Participants can expect to build on strengths that they already have and increase their abilities to assess and act when the work starts to become overwhelming.

Going Beyond Sexual Violence Prevention 101: Creating Programs that Connect – DUC E334

Juliet Grimmett (Chrysalis Network) & Carolina Alzuru (North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, facilitated by Lauren Witt

Creating a successful program focused on sexual violence prevention can be challenging. While the desire is there, we often do not have enough time or resources to develop or re-create programs that are truly “with the times.”  Keeping the audience interested and engaged, and wanting to come back for more, however, is vital for creating the culture change that is necessary for sexual violence prevention work to succeed.  Utilizing a combination of historical accounts and daily shifts in pop culture headlines is a critical point of balance. No sexual violence program is truly complete without addressing other forms of oppression. Therefore creating programs that bridge the gap between sexual violence prevention and a variety of relevant topics, such as racism, heterosexism/homophobia, and political/civic engagement is key. The presenters will discuss easy and cost-effective techniques and tips used to create these fun, successful, population-specific programs that will truly connect with your audience. Through interactive activities, visuals, and discussion, participants will leave with a tool kit of ways to create engaging primary prevention programs on their campus.

Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence on College Campuses – DUC E338

Lindsey Vacek & Samantha Paige (Purdue University & Indiana Campus Sexual Assault Primary Prevention Project), moderated by Lisa Sthreshley

This workshop will focus on best practices for the primary prevention of sexual violence on college campuses, in order to share our comprehensive approach, the related research and theory, and the individual components that comprise such an approach to prevention.  The Indiana Campus Sexual Assault Primary Prevention Project (INCSAPPP) is an organization funded by the CDC Rape Prevention Education grant, through the Indiana State Department of Health. INCSAPPP is dedicated to assisting and supporting college and university campuses in Indiana with their sexual violence primary prevention efforts for the past 15 years. We advocate a comprehensive approach to prevention that is composed of six components: coalition building, data collection and assessment, policy analysis, bystander intervention, male involvement, and social marketing.

Break - 4:20-4:30pm

CLOSING PLENARY – 4:30-5:30pm – Winship Ballroom

Featuring Dr. Debra Houry (Director, Emory Center for Injury Control), Lauren (LB) Bernstein, MSW (Assistant Director for the Respect Program, Office of Health Promotion, Emory University), Caleb Peng (Office of Health Promotion Student Intern & Creator of Project Unspoken); Facilitated by Dr. Michael Huey (Assistant to the Vice President & Executive Director, Emory University Student Health & Counseling Services)

Lessons Learned. This closing plenary will bring together the themes of the conference for a call to action and conversation about ending sexual violence on college campuses from the perspective of faculty, staff, and students. Tweet your questions or comments to #respectcon13 or fill out provided index cards.