Jess Burnham (They/Them, She/Her)

Jess Burnham (They/Them, She/Her)

Prevention Program Manager
YWCA

About this Speaker

Jess (they/them, she/her) received their master’s degree in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from Rutgers University in January of 2020. Their graduate research evaluates the relationship forms and practices of queer, trans, and gender nonconforming individuals across the U.S. using a strengths-based approach to model a variety of relationship scripts to promote healthy intimacy. They address violence at every level of the social ecology, from systems of oppression to interpersonal violence. As a researcher with the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University from 2017-2020, Jess supported campus climate research on dating and sexual violence. They led participatory action research focused on the experiences of racialized, queer, trans, and gender nonconforming students to generate strategies for preventing violence, harm, and oppression across three campuses (publication here: https://rdcu.be/b4K7e). Jess is currently working on a paper that explores the occurrence of racial, gender identity, and sexual orientation microaggressions in university classrooms and strategies for prevention. From 2016-2017, Jess served as the Prevention Education Coordinator for Safe Harbor Crisis Center where they taught evidence-based prevention curricula and initiated the CARES Coalition to bring bystander education to Davis County. From 2012-2015 they served as the Grant Writer for The Road Home, Utah’s largest provider of homeless services. They earned their B.S. from Utah Valley University in 2012 with emphases in sociology, peace and justice studies, and minor in gender studies.

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