Date of Award

12-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication Studies

Committee Member

Dr. Stephanie M. Pangborn, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. D. Travers Scott

Committee Member

Dr. Heidi M. Zinzow

Abstract

This creative Master's thesis project records a set of experiences of a graduate teaching assistant's engagement with student, faculty, and staff activists in sexual assault on a Southeastern university campus during the academic years of 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Using literature, interviews, dialogic engagement, and participant observation, I document, discuss, and analyze discursive norms and campus interventions, specifically in the context of campus rape culture. I outline my philosophical commitments, relate my experiences meeting with members of the university community, and offer my findings and reflections in a thematic report. The implications make a strong case for the importance of dialogic interventions as the preferred method to address assault, assert the need for collaboration among campus entities, and assess the nature of current models of campus activism.

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