Join us for the Fourth Annual Gender-Based Violence Research Symposium, focusing on preventing and responding to campus sexual assault and sexual harassment. Feature presentations include guest researchers, Dr. Sarah Gamble from the University of California, Berkeley and Dr. Emily Rothman from Boston University. Faculty and student presentations will look specifically at sexual assault and sexual harassment research at UNC, as well as, a panel discussing how UNC leadership from across campus is addressing sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Lunch will be provided, individuals are invited to attend any part of this event!


11:00 – 11:10 AM  Welcome and opening remarks – Dr. Beth Moracco

11:10-11:25 AM Sexual assault and sexual harassment research at UNC

Equity in Social Norms Interventions  

  • Linda Chamiec-Case, MSW/MSPH Candidate, 2018, works as a program assistant for violence prevention and sexual health programs at UNC Student Wellness. She previously worked at Compass Center in the areas of sexual health and interpersonal violence prevention and response. Linda also worked in public health economics research at RTI International.  Linda is currently pursuing an MSW/MSPH at UNC

Wise Guys: The Next Level: Going from “Homegrown” to “Research Ready” Sexual Violence Prevention

  • Rebecca J. Macy, PhD, MSW, is the Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families at the UNC at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Family Violence. She has 15 years’ experience conducting community-based studies that focus on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking.

Starting the Conversation: Campus sexual assault policies and campus sexual assault

  • Stephanie M. DeLong, MPH is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, also minoring in the Department of Health Behavior. Her research focuses on gender-based violence experienced among adolescents and young adults internationally and domestically, with an emphasis on intimate partner violence and campus sexual assault. Other research interests include intervention design, conducting randomized controlled trials, and the translation of research into practice.

Sexual Assault and Alcohol: A Participatory Action Qualitative Study with Campus Prevention Specialists

  • LB Klein, MSW, MPA is a doctoral student and adjunct faculty member in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Her research focuses on preventing and responding to gender-based violence and promoting equity with interests in LGBTQ+ communities, implementation science, and community participatory action research.  LB has served as a consultant and trainer for organizations and communities across the United States and Canada through her work with Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire and her consulting partnership, Catalytical Consulting LLC. She previously led Emory University’s Respect Program and is the Research Chair for the Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA).

12:30 – 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:40 PM Learning from other academic institutions research and responses to Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Academic Setting: New Directions

  • Sarah Gamble, PhD, MSc, leads the prevention team at UC Berkeley’s PATH to Care Center in shifting Cal’s culture to one of respect and consent. She holds a Ph.D. in Queer Theory and an M.Sc. in Writing and Cultural Politics from Edinburgh University, and a B.A. cum laude in Politics and English from Mount Holyoke College.

Preventing sexual violence perpetration on campus:  Thought experiments about novel approaches

  • Emily Rothman, ScD, is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health with secondary appointments at the Boston University School of Medicine in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine.  She is also a visiting scientist at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.  Dr. Rothman has authored more than 80 publications that span the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, firearm violence, and pornography. She has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous research grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and has worked closely with multiple state sexual assault and domestic violence coalitions, state health departments, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on issues related to sexual assault and partner violence prevention. Before starting her research career, Dr. Rothman worked at a rural domestic violence shelter as an advocate and support group facilitator, facilitated groups for men who batter at two batterer intervention programs, and served as the Director of Batterer Intervention Program Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

2:20-3:00 PM Bringing Together Research, Policy and Action

How UNC is addressing sexual assault and sexual harassment through research, policy and programming Panel discussion with Shelly Gist Kennedy, Dr. Sandra L. Martin, PhD, and Dr. Becci Menghini, Ed.D.  Facilitated by Laurie M. Graham, MSW and Sarah Treves-Kagan, MPH.

  • Shelly Gist Kennedy, Shelley Gist Kennedy serves as Program Coordinator at the Carolina Women’s Center, with a focus on student programming. Her work includes overseeing campus-wide initiatives around Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Awareness Months, facilitating HAVEN trainings, and teaching a course on Leadership in Violence Prevention.
  • Dr. Sandra L. Martin, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, and Associate Dean for Research, in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Martin’s research includes: campus climate surveys of sexual misconduct; sexual assault prevention programs for the military; high school-based programs to educate students about sex trafficking, and refer high-risk/trafficked students to appropriate resources; evaluation of sexual assault prevention programs for high-risk adolescents and young men; and work to better understand differential responses/sequela after sexual assault, including the development of posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • Dr. Becci Menghini, Ed.D., serves as the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement at UNC-Chapel Hill. In this role, she serves as the deputy of the “people division”—comprised of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity and Compliance. She also has direct responsibility for the Title IX/Equal Opportunity and Compliance office and team.
  • Laurie M. Graham, MSW is a Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Fellow and doctoral student in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. As a practitioner, she has worked with various agencies to provide support services for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and violence prevention programming. Her research and practice focus on GBV-related intervention and prevention and bridging the gap between research and practice. She has particular research interests in sexual violence perpetration prevention and human trafficking, as well as developing and evaluating prevention strategies that simultaneously prevent multiple forms of violent behavior.
  • Sarah Treves-Kagan, MPH is a William R. Kenan Fellow and doctoral student in Health Behavior at the UNC-Chapel Hill focusing on social justice, health disparities and violence prevention. She has conducted research, advocacy, service-delivery and government programming on sexual assault, GBV and youth homicide in domestic and international settings. Ms. Treves-Kagan’s work particularly focuses on structural approaches to reducing violence amongst vulnerable populations. Her work has included research projects, interventions and programming for at-risk youth, adolescents, LGBT populations, refugees, rural communities and low-income settings.

Live Streaming Option

For those that can’t make the symposium in person, we will have a live stream option. Watch the full symposium from your computer by joining here.