Vulnerable Populations at Public Research Universities: Centering Sexual Violence Prevalence and Perceptions of Campus Climate

  • Krystle Palma Cobian
  • Ellen Bara Stolzenberg


Using an anti-deficit approach and national survey data from the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, Cobian and Stolzenberg explore critical indicators that shed light on campus sexual violence experienced by LGBQ and transgender students at public universities. Overall, LGBQ and transgender students reported significantly higher rates of sexual violence compared to their heterosexual and non-transgender counterparts. LGBQ and transgender students who reported experiences of campus sexual violence also were more likely to display higher levels of critical consciousness and social agency—two constructs measuring different aspects of multicultural competencies that signal resiliency and agency. Cobian and Stolzenberg conclude with recommendations to inform the efforts of campus professionals, faculty, and administrators who address Title IX, to better support vulnerable populations in public postsecondary institutions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krystle Palma Cobian
    • 1
  • Ellen Bara Stolzenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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