||"More than Women's Work: Taking Responsibility for Violence Prevention"
Robert Pleasants, Ph.D. (Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator at UNC Chapel Hill) will speak about “Why Violence and Abuse Aren’t Just Women’s Issues” (convocation hour). During lunch, he will meet with Wofford student leaders to discuss men’s roles and the intersections of homophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination that contribute to violence and abuse.
Robert (Bob) Pleasants is the Interpersonal Violence Prevention coordinator at UNC-Chapel Hill and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-CH. He has been involved in violence prevention in North Carolina since 2001 and began doing the work professionally in 2004 talking to high school school students about abusive relationships. He currently oversees UNC-Chapel Hill's violence prevention efforts and teaches "Leadership in Violence Prevention" a service-learning course in the Women's and Gender Studies department. He chairs the university's Sexual Assault Relationship Violence Training and Education taskforce and works with survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence. He has also facilitated anti-sexist men's groups in Durham and currently serves on the North Carolina Sexual Violence Prevention Team.