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March 6, 2017 - 3:00pm

Big Questions on March 6 has been POSTPONED due to a scheduling conflict. Please stay tuned for a new date soon.


How can college campuses fight sexual violence effectively?

If you need help
This event is meant to discuss how colleges can combat sexual violence. If you have experienced sexual violence or are seeking help, please contact the Aurora Center on campus (24 Hour Helpline: 612-626-9111) or contact the National Sexual Assault hotline online or by phone at 1-800-656-4673. 

Sexual violence on college campuses is not new — but there is a greater awareness of its prevalence and its effects. A recent study by the Association of American Universities found that 1 in 4 undergraduate women had experienced unwanted sexual contact during her college years, and a growing number of institutions are strategizing about how to respond to the problem. 

What’s not clear is the best approach to end sexual violence on campus. Join us as we discuss how to create an environment where all students can receive an education free from fear.


Kate Lockwood Harris, assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Harris is an assistant professor of organizational communication in the Department of Communication Studies. She researches how people communicate about sexual violence. For the last few years she has focused on how US universities respond to campus assaults, including how they talk about Title IX.

Abby Honold, sexual assault survivor and College of Education and Human Development undergraduate
Honold was a victim of rape during her time at the University and is now committed to education about sexual assault prevention and support for survivors.

Darrin Rosha, member, University of Minnesota Board of Regents
Rosha attended the University of Minnesota, earning undergraduate degrees in agricultural economics and political science and a law degree. He is general manager and corporate counsel for Crutchfield Dermatology in Eagan, Minnesota. As a U of M regent, he has had a special interest in clarifying the University’s student conduct code and ensuring education on affirmative consent on campus is more effective. 


About Big Questions 
Big Questions is a joint effort between the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and Minnesota Public Radio News where a "big question" is discussed with a panel moderated by Tom Weber of MPR News. A “big question” is a timely issue of local, state, national, or international interest that might be discussed among friends and family, where there are a variety of perspectives and no clear right or wrong answers. Big Questions panelists may include CLA faculty members, community members, and U of M students.