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Rape is NOT Normal

March 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In recent years, scholars and activists have pointed out society’s desensitization to rape. Because sexual violence and rape happen so often, and are punished so rarely, we operate under the assumption that rape is an inevitable fact of life. This normalization of rape has led people to internalize beliefs and attitudes that condone and even encourage gendered sexual aggression and violence.

Panelists will explore how the normalization of rape is manifested in policy and on the college campus. More importantly, panelists will suggest for everyone to take steps in disrupting the current status.


Rachel A. Griffin

Assistant Professor of Communication, U of U

Rachel Alicia Griffin is an Assistant Professor in Race and Communication in the Department of Communication. She was previously an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale cross-appointed in Africana Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As a critical intercultural scholar, her research interests span critical race theory, Black feminist thought, popular culture, gender violence, sport, and social justice. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Denver in 2008. Dr. Griffin is a frequent guest on college campuses and at conferences to deliver anti-gender-violence keynotes and inclusive excellence keynotes that speak to power, privilege, and intersectionality. In 2012, Dr. Griffin was awarded the Judge William Holmes Cook Professorship by the Office of the Associate Chancellor for Institutional Diversity at SIU, and in 2013, she was awarded the College of Liberal Arts Early Career Faculty Excellence Award at SIU.

Julie Valentine

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, BYU

Julie Valentine is an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University College of Nursing and a certified adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse with Wasatch Forensic Nurses. Her clinical specialty and research focus areas are sexual violence, intimate partner violence, violence against women, and criminal justice system response to sexual violence. Dr. Valentine focuses on multidisciplinary, collaborative research studies uniting disciplines in sexual assault case reform to benefit victims and case processing. Dr. Valentine served on the BYU Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Misconduct.

Romeo Jackson

Graduate Student, Educational Leadership and Policy, U of U

Romeo Jackson is a Black, Queer, Non-Binary, feminist dedicated to intersectional justice and cross movement building. Currently, they study Race, Gender, and Sexuality within a Higher Education Context with an emphasis on the experiences of Queer and Trans Students of Color. Named one of the 100 Black and LGBT-SGL leaders to watch, Romeo is committed to uplifting and empowering queer and trans people of color through a black queer feminist lens. They thank Audre Lorde for keeping them grounded as a whole person in a world committed to tokenizing their identities for agendas not aligned with their politics.

Stephany Murguia

Outreach and Access Coordinator, Rape Recovery Center

Stephany Murguia is a graduate of the University of Utah. She holds a Bachelor of Arts In Political Science and Journalism with an emphasis on ethnic studies. Their background is in public relations, journalism, community advocacy and organizing. Her passion is empowerment of marginalized communities, critical analysis of power and social justice. She has served with the Rape Recovery Center of Salt Lake City since 2009 as their Outreach and Access Coordinator. She is a mother, community worker, (im)migrant, avid runner and writer in her free time.


Flor Olivo

Program Coordinator, Women’s Resource Center

Flor was born in Houston, Texas and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when she was 18 years old. Her family is originally from Colombia and Mexico. She has worked at the University of Utah since 2011 in the Communication Department, the Office for Student Equity and Diversity and now at the Women’s Resource Center. Currently, she is also a graduate student in the Department of Communication and an instructor at the Salt Lake Community College in the Communication & Arts Department.

Her main areas of study encompass communication education & policy; critical race and gender theories and methods; and chican@ and gender studies, all as they relate to the field of communication. Her research and critiques further extend to the representations of communities of color in the mainstream media space, including single latina mothers. Flor has also studied community journalism models, communicating climate change through ecofemist & chicana praxis and issues of equity and diversity in news making policy and protocol.


March 6, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Hinckley Caucus Room (GC 2018)
260 Central Campus Drive, Room 2018
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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