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National conference spurred meaningful dialogue around confronting campus sexual assault

College students nationwide have courageously cast a light on the often hidden issue of sexual assault. In February 2015, UC Berkeley hosted a sold-out conference for hundreds of university practitioners (i.e. Title 1X officers and service providers), student activists, professors, criminal-justice professionals, researchers, and more — from at least 70 higher-ed institutions, public agencies, and advocacy groups nationwide. Together they engaged in a meaningful conversation on making our campuses a safer place to live and learn. The two-day marathon included nearly 80 speakers and dozens of workshops on prevention, moving beyond compliance, and changing the culture. The conference culminated in a discussion among Anita Hill, University of California President Janet Napolitano, and Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks on how things have — and have not — changed since Hill’s explosive 1991 sexual harassment allegations against then U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Read the full story on the conference, or watch the video capturing the conversation with Hill.

View the conference program (PDF)