IMPACTS Research Team at AERA


Published: 15Apr2019

IMPACTS Project Director Dr. Shaheen Shariff and research assistants Chloe Garcia, Milka Nyariro, Andrea Velghe, Shannon Hutcheson, Sarah Lewington, and Christopher Dietzel presented at the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting last week.

Pictured below (left to right) are Shannon, Dr. Shariff, Chloe, Sarah, and Chris who presented their research in a session titled, "Rape Culture in Public Education and Online: Exploring Current Realities and Solutions". This session highlighted innovative and interdisciplinary work examining different facets of rape culture, from the lived experiences of youth to institutional responses to sexual violence. The individual presentations covered various topics including associations between language and sexual violence, institutional barriers international students encounter when accessing sexual violence support services, pedagogical influence of YouTube in public sex education, and understandings of sexual consent and rape culture on dating applications. 

Chloe, Milka, and Andrea presented in a session titled, "Studying the Use of Arts-Based Toolkits in Anti-Oppression Training to Address Campus-Based Sexual Violence." In this session, they presented innovate work on arts-based methodologies and toolkits tackling sexual violence. They shared their arts-based, anti-sexual violence toolkit as well as findings from three studies exploring different aspects of toolkit development, implementation, facilitation, and participation. Session attendees learnt about the benefits and challenges of using arts-based methodologies for sexual violence prevention, education, and response. Additionally, the session considered the complexities of implementing and facilitating arts-based interventions, exploring how facilitators use toolkits and apply frameworks in their practice.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. The 2019 Annual Meeting explored how the work of educational researchers can help overcome the challenges of our time by becoming more relevant to communities, practitioners, and policy makers who believe in democratic principles and the public schools that should sustain those principles.

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