2018 Utah Sexual Violence Council Call for Proposals


The Utah Sexual Violence Conference is a world-class event that brings together hundreds of survivors, community members, and professionals working in the field of sexual violence prevention and response. Whether your goal is to contribute expertise and help drive change in the field of sexual violence, learn from your peers and adopt new practices, or connect with like-minded professionals who are solving everyday challenges, make plans now to present at the Utah Sexual Violence Conference next April.

The Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Utah Sexual Violence Council will host the 2018 Utah Sexual Violence Conference from April 4-6, 2018.

The organizing committee is now accepting proposals from organizations and individuals interested in presenting information and facilitating workshops. The lead presenter for each presentation will receive one free conference registration and may be offered lodging and travel arrangements at the discretion of the organizing committee. The committee may choose to reimburse presenters for other reasonable expenses on a case by case basis. All additional presenters who are presenting as part of a group will be offered registration at a discounted rate.

Presentation and workshop sessions will be organized around the following primary tracks:

Prevention: Proposals should describe comprehensive, multi-level strategies for primary prevention of sexual violence that address risk and protective factors for first-time perpetration and victimization. Topics including strengths-based approaches, strengthening ties to community and culture, cross-sector collaborations, shared risk and protective factors, oppression and historical trauma, community assessment, and empowerment evaluation.

Intervention & Response: Presentation or workshop submissions should describe efforts to provide supportive services and resources to people who have experienced sexual violence and to increase the capacity of the advocates and interventionists who serve them. Topics including advocacy, criminal justice investigation and prosecution, offender management, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, and culturally specific service provision.  

Treatment: Presentation or workshop submissions should describe efforts to provide treatment, therapy, and other support to survivors of sexual violence or offenders. Our conference has a proud history of bringing together offender and survivor services. Topics including therapeutic services for survivors of sexual violence or offenders.

Campuses & Title IX: Presentation or workshop submissions should describe prevention, intervention, advocacy, or policy efforts in communities on college or university campuses. The 2018 conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Utah Title IX Conference. All sessions on Friday, April 6th, 2018 will be dedicated to Title IX and campus-specific topics. Topics including Title IX processes and procedures, memorandums of understanding with local law enforcement, effective community partnerships, Title IX guidance changes, Clery Act and Title IX, campus sexual assault prevention and awareness such as bystander intervention, etc.

Proposals that do not conform to one of the tracks defined above will still be accepted and will be reviewed on an individual basis.


The theme of the 2018 Utah Sexual Violence Conference is "The tapestry of healing." Proposals are encouraged incorporate this theme. 


Proposals will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Workshop proposal articulates a clear, specific, and measurable learning objective that is relevant to conference participants.
  • Workshop content reflects research, best practice, experiential, and contextual evidence on topics related to sexual violence.
  • Workshop content should be informed by sociological, behavioral, social change, social justice, psychological and other theory.
  • Workshop expands participants’ knowledge base and skills or facilitates critical conversations to advance work to address and prevent sexual violence.
  • The workshop is interactive and participatory and incorporates methods that support adult learners.
  • Workshops that focus on working in culturally-specific communities are strongly encouraged.
  • Previous presenters must offer updated or new resources, content, and insights.


The USVC attracts a wide variety of professionals from across the multidisciplinary field that are committed to addressing and preventing sexual violence.

Submission Guidelines

Before submitting your completed proposal, please make sure that you have all of the requested information below. 

  • Title of Proposed Workshop
  • Presenters’ name, contact information, photos, biography (200-word maximum), and CV/resume.
  • Clear, specific, and measurable workshop objectives.
  • Workshop description for the conference program (100 words maximum)
  • Workshop overview, rationale, support, and intended audience.
  • A recommended level of experience for participants in your workshop: introductory, intermediate, and advanced.
  • Proposals should be designed to last for 90 minutes.
  • All proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm MST October 25th, 2017.



The conference committee will review presentations between October 26th and November 15th, and presenters will be notified no later than December 15, 2017. You may complete the application by clicking here.

For questions about proposals, please contact our Conference Chair Julie Stephenson, Manager of Training and Education, at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault at [email protected] or (801) 746-0404 Ext. 2.