Preparing for Disclosures: How to Respond when Individuals Share That They Have Experienced Discrimination, Harassment or Violence 1

Type: Workshop
Sponsor Groups: Harassment-Free AAG Task Force, Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 54
Organizers: The American Association of Geographers
Chairs: Kiana Swearingen


It is essential in academia that faculty and graduate students in leadership roles are prepared to
respond when an individual discloses that they have experienced discrimination, harassment,
or violence. The way individuals experience this harm is often affected by their intersecting
identities, including race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, ability status, religious affiliation,
nationality, or immigration status. In addition, some individuals present with co-occurring
mental health concerns. This training will equip academics with an understanding of trauma-
informed practices and tailored response phrases to utilize when receiving a disclosure. There
will be a brief discussion on the intersection of federal Title IX guidance, potential reporting
options, and a review of relevant campus and community-based resources. During this training,
individuals will use case scenarios to practice application of this information and will leave
feeling empowered to support colleagues and students in their academic settings.

The workshop will be conducted by Kiana Swearingen a Prevention, Education, &
Communications Manager for SafeCampus, the University of Washington’s Violence Prevention
and Response Program. In this role Kiana manages violence prevention training efforts for staff,
faculty and student employees at the University of Washington (UW).

Kiana has worked in the anti-violence field for over 15 years. Her work has centered on intersectional and trauma-informed prevention and response to sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and sexual assault.

As a prevention educator, she supports communities in implementing strategies to create healthy workplace cultures that inhibit harm from occurring. She has trained regionally and nationally on theory-driven community-centered best practices for developing and conducting violence prevention efforts and building innovative systems-level responses for survivors.

Kiana is the current Prevention, Education, & Communications Manager for SafeCampus, the University of Washington’s Violence Prevention and Response Program. Previous to this role Kiana worked as a community-based advocate and prevention educator for ten years.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Workshop Leader Kiana Swearingen Swearingen Consulting and Training 75 1:30 PM

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