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Allison Cansler
Title IX - Mosaic and Consent
Assistant Director of Advocacy & Education, The Center for Women and Gender Equity, UTC
Allison serves as the Primary Victim Advocate for the UTC campus. Prior to coming to UTC, she worked as a Victim Advocate for a non-profit in Alabama. She obtained her Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Masters in Gender and Race Studies from The University of Alabama. While in graduate school, Allison volunteered at the Women and Gender Resource Center as a mentor for the Young Women Leaders Program. Allison enjoys hiking and spending time with her cat, Mary Tyler Moore, and her dog, Boomer.

Title IX - Mosaic and Consent

(Co-Presenter with Jaime Butler)

 

Prevention programming has become a buzzword ever since the Dear Colleague Letter of 2011. In response, universities have created and implemented sexual misconduct prevention programming that is applicable to their campuses and speaks to the majority. Oftentimes, though, our intersectional prevention programming is through a very ableist lens, erasing the experiences of individuals with disabilities- especially students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is one of the few institutions that is leading the way in the United States when it comes to inclusive and comprehensive programming for students with ASD. This presentation highlights the collaborative partnership between the UTC Mosaic Program- a comprehensive support program for UTC students with ASD- and UTC’s Survivor Advocacy Services to create prevention programming that is accessible to students with ASD. We will also address the strategies and lessons learned for linking and aligning students’ learning experiences to ensure they are prepared for safe, healthy, and meaningful relationships.