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Gender Violence & Social Change

Interns and Gender Violence and Social Change staff collaborate with UVA students, faculty, administrators, staff, and organizations to foster non-violent, healthy relationships across Grounds. To build a University community free of violence and abuse, our Gender Violence and Social Change team provide advocacy to survivors of gender violence at the University, engage in scholarship and research on these issues, and train University employees on their roles as mandated reporters and allies through the Survivor Support Network Training.

Typical Activities for Interns on this team

Students who intern on the Gender Violence and Social Change team are passionate about creating a culture free of violence and abuse on Grounds. These interns play an important role in planning and facilitating awareness events during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, assisting their Program Director with the Survivor Support Network Training, and collaborating with cross-Grounds coalitions on Take Back the Night Week.

Survivor Support Network Training

Have you encountered students or co-workers whose academic or work performance was impacted by a history of victimization? Become an ally to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and child sexual abuse by training as a member of UVA’s Survivor Support Network. During the course of this 2-1/2 hour program, you will learn effective strategies to support your students and colleagues, learn about local resources and become part of an on-Grounds network that is designed to make visible the dedicated support for victims that exists at the University. We will provide you with the resources and ongoing support you will need.

Individual faculty and staff members can find scheduled training sessions to join on our calendar. Departments, units or schools interested in scheduling a session for a larger group should contact Claire Kaplan at 982-2774 or