The 2018 Wave of Change panel of outside experts gathered some of the nation’s leading thinkers in campus sexual assault prevention to develop a comprehensive understanding of sexual violence at Tulane and suggest innovative approaches to education and prevention. Together, the panelists’ expertise spans empirical research, policy design addressing perpetration and impact on survivors, and the intersections of sexual violence with race, gender identity and sexual orientation.
Dr. Felicia McGinty (co-chair)
Dr. Felicia McGinty is the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, where she provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for one of the largest and most diverse student affairs operations in the country - 26 Departments; 3,914 employees; serving over 50,000 students. A seasoned administrator, she leads with a forward-thinking, student-centered philosophy to enhance the co-curricular experience and promote student success. Dr. McGinty’s areas of professional interest and expertise encompass student recruitment and retention; academic advising; diversity and inclusion; sexual violence education; advocacy and prevention; and the creation of climates of support for diverse student populations. Under her leadership, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has solidified its position as a leader in sexual violence education and prevention work. Their evidence-based comprehensive approach has been highlighted by the White House, showcased by multiple professional associations, and featured by outlets including The New York Times and National Public Radio (NPR).
Dr. Kevin Swartout, (co-chair)
Dr. Kevin Swartout is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Georgia State University. His research focuses on the social correlates of violence and victimization, including person-centered approaches to data on violence and victimization, and the relation between substance use and male-to-female aggression. Swartout has received early-career awards from the International Society for Research on Aggression, the Southeastern Psychological Association, and Georgia State University. He is an instrumental member of the ARC3 (Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative) consortium and an editorial board member for the journal Psychology of Violence.
Dr. Ray Douglas
Dr. Ray Douglas is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of History at Colgate University, where he specializes in 20th century European history. He has authored several monographs on the subject, including Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War (2012), voted one of The Atlantic’s 15 Best Books of 2012. He is also the recipient of the Georg Dehio Buchpreis (Germany, 2014), the George Louis Beer Prize (2013), and the Hans Rosenberg Prize (2013). In 2016, Dr. Douglas published On Being Raped, an account of his experiences as a sexual assault survivor. His current research interests include sex crimes against men during times of war, and the critical need to bring attention to sexual violence against men as an historical and contemporary problem.
Dr. Tracy Hipp
Dr. Tracy Hipp is a violence prevention researcher with expertise in sexual violence and violence among LGBTQ communities. She holds a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Georgia State University where she launched the Women's Resilience Project, a research study examining risk and protective factors for sexual violence among sexual minority women. In addition to being a researcher, Hipp has worked as an evaluator, an educator, and a service provider for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. She currently works as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, within the Division of Violence Prevention.
L.B. Klein, MSW, MPA is a researcher and consultant on gender-based violence prevention with Catalytical Consulting LLC who has worked alongside organizations, institutions of higher education, and coalitions across the U.S. and Canada. She is also a doctoral student and adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where she conducts research in gender-based violence prevention, intervention, and policy. Klein also serves as a lead trainer and curriculum development specialist for Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, where she works most closely with the Bringing in the Bystander® In-Person Prevention Program. Klein previously lead Emory University's Respect Program and the St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court volunteer program. She is a founder and research and practice chair of the Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA).
Lynn Rosenthal is a leading policy advocate working to end gender-based violence by developing policies that prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. In July 2009, she was appointed by President Obama and Vice President Biden as the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, working closely with the former Vice President to engage communities and create new ways to reduce domestic and sexual violence. She also co-chaired the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Rosenthal served previously as the Executive Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the executive director of state domestic violence coalitions in Florida and New Mexico.
Dr. Lisa Wade
Dr. Lisa Wade is a sociologist, essayist, and author. Well-known for her wide-ranging, critique and commentary, she has written for the New Republic, Washington Post, Politico, Guardian, TIME, and more. She appears frequently in radio and television news and opinion outlets. Her newest book, American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, is the definitive account of the sexual culture that dominates higher education. An associate professor at Occidental College, Lisa previously earned an MA in human sexuality from NYU and a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition to authoring over two dozen research papers, book chapters, and educational essays, Wade has delivered talks at almost 100 colleges and universities. She is also the co-author of the bestselling textbook Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions; co-editor of Assigned: Life with Gender; and the founder of the award-winning website Sociological Images.