Resources & Affiliations

Operating as a research initiative in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), this initiative is composed of an interdisciplinary group of scholars across the University of Michigan. This group coalesced in 2017 out of desire to better understand the enduring problem of gender-based violence. The group promotes practitioner-scholar collaboration on gender-based violence and sexual harassment.


In spring of 2018, the University of Michigan hosted a national conference on ending gender-based violence. This dynamic 3-day event aimed to inspire research and inform policy, pedagogy, and practice. The agenda highlighted activist, survivor and student perspectives. Using an intersectional lens, we attended to the broad range of inequalities that are experienced in school, work and personal life. Recordings of all the presentations can be found here.


Courage exists to advance the world’s understanding of institutional courage and institutional betrayal through rigorous scientific research, wide-reaching education, and data-driven action – with the goal to create more accountable, effective, and equitable institutions for everyone. Researchers and educators at Courage are committed to understanding through scientific research and sharing key ideas through wide-reaching education about institutional courage. They are currently prioritizing institutional courage in addressing sexual violence across various kinds of institutions.


Carmen Wargel, Community Organizer, addresses the audience at the
2018 Michigan Meeting

Other projects of interest

The Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education | National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine: The Action Collaborative brings together leaders from over 60 academic and research institutions and key stakeholders to work toward targeted, collective action on addressing and preventing sexual harassment across all disciplines and among all people in higher education.

Celene Reynolds: Related research on Title IX’s utility as a tool to fight sexual assault and harassment on campus

The GendV Project: Urban Transformation and Gendered Violence in India and South Africa

Jennifer M. Gómez: Related research with cultural betrayal trauma theory, with a focus on the impact of inequality on outcomes of interpersonal trauma for marginalized youth, young adults, and elders

SASH Lab: Dr. Kathryn Holland directs this lab that studies a variety of issues related to sexual assault and sexual health.

Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

SHIFT: The Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation project at Columbia examines the factors that shape sexual health and sexual violence for undergraduates.

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