CCRT Research Symposium Call for Proposals

Sexual violence and sexual harassment (SVSH) is pervasive and impacts college-aged, LGBTQ, and female-identified students at significantly higher rates. Students impacted by SVSH are more likely to experience adverse outcomes, such as those related to their mental and physical health. For instance, higher levels of anxiety and depression are common amongst survivors. SVSH also disrupts students’ academic progress, resulting in absenteeism and lower GPAs and retention rates.


According to the Association of American Universities, students report significant increases in their knowledge of SVSH related definitions, resources and reporting options. Students’ perception that SVSH is an issue on their campus has also increased, and many students who experience SVSH still do not report it


The Coordinated Community Review Team for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Misconduct (CCRT) at UCSC is charged with overseeing a collaborative approach to preventing and responding to sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of their sex or gender, have access to and can benefit from their education and employment. Towards that goal, the CCRT invites submissions from the UCSC campus community for our very first SVSH Research Symposium.

We invite proposals from faculty, graduate students, and staff with a background in SVSH. We aim for this to be an interdisciplinary symposium; all fields of study are encouraged to submit a proposal. Potential topics for submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Sexual harassment (broadly, or in specific contexts such as STEM fields)
  • Affirmative consent
  • Rape culture
  • Objectification in the media
  • Media depictions of SVSH
  • SVSH as experienced by underserved communities (e.g., LGBTQ, immigrant)
  • Support seeking and/or recovery processes for survivors
  • Health impacts resulting from SVSH (e.g., mental, physical, social)
  • Experiences with reporting Resources for perpetrators

*Details concerning eligibility, submission guidelines, and contact information are listed at the end the page.

In 2019-2020, the Title IX Office received 496 reports concerning gender discrimination and gender-based harm, with 112 reports of sexual assault and 219 reports of sexual harassment. The goal of this symposium is to highlight the research efforts that have been taken (or are currently being undertaken) to address and understand the context in which SVSH occurs at UCSC. Our intention is to showcase the research that has been conducted to improve policy, education and prevention, and responses to SVSH on our campus. This symposium will bring in key stakeholders, including members of the Title IX Office; Campus, Advocacy, Research and Education (CARE); Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS); the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD); and the Ethnic Resource Centers (ERC’s). We aim to bring researchers and these stakeholders in conversation with each other to help ensure that efforts to respond to SVSH are trauma-informed and empirically supported.


Graduate students, faculty, and staff from any department or office are invited to submit a proposal focused on SVSH-related research.

Submission Guidelines

Submit a 1-2 page, double spaced proposal describing the research undertaken. This should include details about the research question, methodology, findings, and conclusions. Please also consider in your proposal how this research can be used to impact campus and community climate around SVSH.

Presentations will be 15 minutes each. You can choose the format of your presentation (poster, slides, or no visuals). Please indicate your preferred format in the proposal. Submit all proposals as a PDF or Word document to with the subject heading: “Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH) Research Symposium.”

Registration Fee

There are no registration fees or any other costs for this event.

Deadline for Submissions

Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Symposium Date

The symposium will be held virtually in March 2021. More details will be provided in the winter quarter.


Contact the Title IX Intern Team at or Sona Kaur, Title IX Graduate Intern and Symposium Coordinator at