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Responding to and Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors is a Course

Responding to and Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors

Ended Jan 16, 2018

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One-time, online, 60 minute session

Deadline to Register: Jan. 16

Full Description:

Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino are co-founders of End Rape on Campus, authors of the book, “We Believe You” and are award-winning activists and educators on the topic of sexual assault. Join them to explore the following critical questions: What do you say to a student who shares they are a survivor of sexual assault? What are your next steps as a Hillel and campus professional? What is Title IX and how does it impact students from your campus? How can you and Hillel work to end rape culture on campus? Leave prepared to support student survivors of assault and better equipped to connect them to national and local resources.

Course Meets:

  • Tuesday, January 16th 2:00 - 3:00pm EST / 11:00am - 12:00pm PST

Instructor Bios:

Annie E. Clark (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a co-founder of End Rape On Campus, and a lead complainant in the Title IX and Clery complaints against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Political Science. She has a certificate in business from Kenan Flagler Business School, and is a former administrator at the University of Oregon. She has presented her work to the United Nations Commission on The Status of Women and is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post, MSNBC, and The Chronicle Vitae. After directly working with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, she helped write the Bi-Partisan Campus Safety and Accountability Act. She has worked on numerous state level education laws, and in 2013 was listed alongside former President Barack Obama as one of the most influential forces in higher education. Annie is featured in the award winning documentary "The Hunting Ground," and is a co-author of the book, We Believe You, a collection of 36 stories of campus sexual assault. 


Andrea Pino is a co-author of "We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out," and co-founder of the national survivor advocacy organization End Rape on Campus. She attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a first-generation college student, where she majored in Political Science and pursed research on the media framing of sexual violence. Her activism has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue, CNN, Good Morning America, as well as many other media outlets. She has appeared as a guest on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Bill Maher and is a contributor to the Huffington Post. In 2013, she became the first student featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Influence List, and was listed on The Huffington Post’s most influential forces in higher education list. Her work and personal journey is prominently featured in the film The Hunting Ground, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and she appeared alongside Lady Gaga and 50 other survivors at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Sheila Katz was named as one of five women changing the world by Craigslist Founder, Craig Newmark. She is currently the Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership at Hillel International, working to engage Jewish students around the world. Previously, she co-founded and directed Ask Big Questions, a national initiative of Hillel that brings diverse college students together for conversations that help people understand themselves and others. She is an expert in facilitating reflective conversations and creating multi-channel technology campaigns that lead to in person action. Sheila has served on multiple White House Committees focused on higher education and women’s rights. She has a B.A. in Politics from Ithaca College and a M.S. in teaching from Pace University. Sheila is a proud alumna of the Wexner Foundation Field Fellowship, the Shalom Hartman Campus Fellowship and Teach for America.

Ira Blum is in his fifth year as Director of Jewish Student Life at Penn Hillel. Born and raised outside of Philly, he has enjoyed the opportunity to return to his hometown, to continue his search for the best vegan cheesesteaks, and to cheer on the struggling Phillies. In his role, Ira serves as an educator, advisor and mentor to students, leadership and communities in areas ranging from religious life to the arts and alternative break travel. His model of Jewish self-authorship, cultivated at Penn, is one of entrepreneurialism, authenticity and creativity. Ira received his B.A. in religion studies from Muhlenberg College, and dual M.A. degrees from the Brandeis Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He is a certified Anti-Violence Advocate (AVA) from Penn Women's Center, showing his commitment to addressing issues of dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking in the Penn community. He completed I-CARE Training with Penn's Counseling and Psychological Services, to learn the signs of distress and mental health crises that can affect college students. Ira is certified as an International Trip Leader from Penn's Office of Risk Management and Insurance, and the Office of Global Support and Service. He is also recognized by Penn's LGBT Center as a "Safe Space" for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, ally and intersex students. In his spare time, Ira enjoys biking and running along the Schuylkill river trail, occasionally indulging his sweet tooth, and testing his knowledge of Beatles and Bob Dylan trivia.


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