Creating and Implementing Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Programs with Graduate Students: Principles and Practices

Title: Creating and Implementing Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Programs with Graduate Students: Principles and Practices

Date: Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Time: 10:00am-11:30am PT/11:00am-12:30 MT/12:00pm-1:30 CT/1:00pm-2:30 ET

This webinar contains closed captioning and was recorded.

Materials presented during the webinar linked below: 

Link to the webinar recording.

PDF download link for the webinar slides.

Read the closed captioning transcript. 

Webinar Description:

Although the majority of campus-based sexual violence and harassment prevention efforts have focused on undergraduate students, recent research has shown that graduate students are at an even higher risk for experiencing these types of harm. In addition, graduate students often have multiple roles on campus– as students, employees (academic and non-academic), and researchers– which makes it challenging to determine the most appropriate prevention strategies. On this webinar, speakers from Futures Without  Violence and UC Berkeley will share their experience in developing and implementing a range of prevention programs tailored to graduate students. A brief overview of prevention principles will also be shared, to provide a common language and theoretical framework

Learning outcomes:

As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  1. Apply at least two prevention principles that support creating healthy campus cultures for graduate students
  2. Articulate the unique graduate student prevention programming needs, strengths, and barriers
  3. Identify at least two graduate student prevention strategies currently being implemented
  4. Create next steps to connect with key stakeholders, partners, and resources


Elizabeth Wilmerding, MSW
Prevention Manager, Undergraduate Programs at the PATH to Care Center
University of California, Berkeley

Elizabeth has a background in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence in campus and community settings, and strives to bring a lens of social justice and community accountability to her work. In her current role, Elizabeth oversees sexual violence prevention efforts for all 30,000 new and continuing undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. This includes developing prevention strategies for all undergraduate students, as well as for a variety of intact communities across campus. Elizabeth has a BA from Montana State University and an MSW from UC Berkeley; during graduate school she was a Campus Fellow at Futures Without Violence.

Khirin Carter, MA
Graduate Prevention Program Manager at the PATH to Care Center
University of California, Berkeley

Khirin earned a BS in Psychology and BA in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University, as well as her MA in Sociology, with an emphasis in educational inequality and criminology. In her current role, Khirin designs, implements, and evaluates primary prevention programming utilizing a social justice lens and community-based approaches for graduate and professional students. She works closely with graduate student leaders and campus partners to implement interventions that promote the well-being, both personally and professionally, for graduate students. She is especially committed to working in collaboration with community partners to address the intersections of violence impacting traditionally marginalized identities.

Virginia Duplessis, MSW
Program Director, Health
Futures Without Violence

Virginia Duplessis, MSW is a Program Director at Futures Without Violence, providing oversight and technical assistance for multiple initiatives designed to improve the public health response to violence against women and increase the capacity of domestic violence services providers to address the health needs of their clients.  She was most recently the Assistant Director of Prevention at the PATH to Care Center at UC Berkeley, where she was responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive prevention plan for students, staff and faculty to address sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment.  She brings over 15 years of experience in the domestic violence, sexual assault, and public health fields. Ms. Duplessis has worked extensively with healthcare and social service providers, developing training and educational materials on a range of health and behavioral health within local and state public health organizations. Trained as a social worker, she has also worked directly with community members, youth, and victims/survivors of violence as an advocate, counselor and prevention educator. Ms. Duplessis received her BA in Communications from Stanford University and her MSW from UC Berkeley.


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