We have interviewed people from all walks of life to present to you a range of stories about sexual assault. These stories add to a collage of real life experiences that bring a sense of humor, heart and honesty.
Caroline Heldman is the Chair of the Politics Department at Occidental College and a co-founder of the Oxy Sexual Assault Coalition (OSAC). She is also the lead complainant on the Clery and Title IX complaints filed against Occidental College on April 1, 2013 and April 18, 2013, respectively. Dr. Heldman is one of eleven people that reporter Jason Felch used to source his stories on Occidental College’s ongoing issues with sexual assault/rape. She was the primary source for Felch’s December 7, 2013 article asserting that Occidental College failed to report 27 cases of sexual assault/rape in 2012.
Lisa Wade is an associate professor and chair of the sociology department at Occidental College.
Before receiving her MS and PhD in sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Lisa earned an MA in human sexuality from New York University and a BA in philosophy from the University of California – Santa Barbara.
Lisa has authored over a dozen academic research articles and a textbook on the sociology of gender (forthcoming fall 2014). She also actively contributes to public discourse, writing extensively for non-academic audiences and appearing on television and radio.
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Dr. Dirks teaches courses on punishment, crime and American racial and ethnic relations.
In her second year at Occidental, Dr. Dirks was awarded the campus-wide Donald R. Loftsgordon Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching. Her research and teaching interests, broadly conceived, are concerned with fundamental questions about justice and inequality in America, with a special focus on racial and gender inequality. She is currently working on a book project, Punishment in the Age of Google: The Mark of a Digital Criminal Record, that examines the rise of the digital mugshot industry, its effects on arrestees, and the ways in which technology and social media are shifting punishment practices in the United States today.
She is the co-author of The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement: Legal Landscapes, New Media, and Networked Activism (Routledge, 2015, with Caroline Heldman) and How Ethical Systems Change: Lynching and Capital Punishment (Routledge, 2011 with Sheldon Ekland-Olson). Her research has also been featured in many mainstream media outlets. Throughout her teaching, she engages digital media to enhance students’ educational experiences, to place their work front and center as public sociology.
- Street Team Coordinator at Men Can Stop Rape
- President at Students Against Sexual Assault
- Social Media Manager at Hot Mommas Project
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Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas. His most recent books are Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue (City Lights, 2013); and We Are All Apocalyptic Now: On the Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking Out (MonkeyWrench Books/CreateSpace, 2013
Jensen is the author of Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue (City Lights, 2013); We Are All Apocalyptic Now: On the Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking Out (MonkeyWrench Books/CreateSpace, 2013); All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice, (Soft Skull Press, 2009); Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007); The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005); Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (City Lights, 2004); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang, 2002). He is co-author with Gail Dines and Ann Russo ofPornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality (Routledge, 1998); and co-editor with David S. Allen of Freeing the First Amendment: Critical Perspectives on Freedom of Expression (New York University Press, 1995).
Malik J. Washington is the Executive Director and CEO of The William Kellibrew Foundation and a longtime advocate for community empowerment and social justice. Malik has been an active member of WKF since 2010 when he accepted an invitation to join the foundation’s National Advisory Council.