Month: March 2016

3/24/16 Lecture: Dating Violence among Sexual Minority Youth

Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Rainbow Center; Student Union 403, Storrs Campus

The Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Tameka Gillum, entitled, “Perceptions and Consequences of Dating Violence among Sexual Minority Youth.”

Synopsis: Research reveals a disturbingly high prevalence of dating violence among American youth, with sexual minority youth demonstrated to be at increased risk. This is of concern as studies have shown that individuals who experience such violence are at increased risk for adverse mental and physical health outcomes, including increased risk of HIV infection among LGBT populations. Research also indicates that individuals who are victimized as adolescents are at increased risk for victimization during their young adult years. Results will be presented of a mixed-methods study that 1) assessed past and current dating violence (physical, sexual, and psychological aggression – perpetration and victimization) and its relationship to mental health outcomes among a sample of 109 college-enrolled sexual minority youth, and 2) qualitatively explored perceptions of dating violence among a sub-sample of those youth.

Biography: Dr. Tameka L. Gillum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, adjunct with the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Gillum’s research interests are in exploring and addressing intimate partner violence/dating violence (IPV/DV) within racial/ethnic minority and sexual minority populations, development of culturally specific prevention and intervention efforts, health clinic based IPV interventions and the health effects of IPV/DV victimization. Most recently, her work has involved exploring gender-based violence in Kenya, East Africa. She is a member of the steering committee for the national Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC), a member of the board of directors of Men’s Resources International (MRI) and board president for the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

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The Gail Burns-Smith “Dare to Dream” Fund

The Gail Burns-Smith “Dare to Dream” Fund was established in 2004 upon the retirement of the former Executive Director of CONNSACS, Gail Burns-Smith, who dedicated twenty-two years to ending and preventing sexual violence in the state of Connecticut. The Fund is composed of voluntary contributions received from supporters and donors who wish to honor Gail’s dedication to this cause.

A scholarship or stipend of $1,000 is granted annually to an individual whose work or study in the field of sexual violence most exemplifies Gail’s commitment to anti-sexual violence awareness, policy, prevention and advocacy on behalf of victims of sexual violence.

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Applicants must submit the official application form, requested essay, and two letters of recommendation. Applications must be received by March 31, 2016. For more information on the application requirements and selection criteria, click here for our website and application.
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