Religious Universities and Campus Sexual Assault: A Media Analysis from 1990-2019 – UROP Summer Symposium 2021

Religious Universities and Campus Sexual Assault: A Media Analysis from 1990-2019

Leilani Fonseca

Leilani Fonseca

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

UROP Fellowship: WAGSFP
Research Mentor(s): Anna K. Wood, MSW; PhD Pre-Candidate
Research Mentor Institution/Department: School of Social Work, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Departments of Social Work and Sociology

Presentation Date: Wednesday, August 4th
Session: Session 2 (4pm-4:50pm EDT)
Breakout Room: Room 2
Presenter: 5

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The media is one of the primary institutions that shapes our understanding of social problems. Narratives constructed by the media help to build consensus around the nature of a problem, the actors involved, and what kinds of solutions would be appropriate. This project engages with a range of social problems including violence against women, toxic masculinity, and the campus sexual assault epidemic. Examining media construction of these problems over time and noting the variance within and between seemingly similar events may help to reveal how different social problems overlap and influence one another. Using the news and current events database Nexius Uni, the team collected and coded 6,511 newswires and press releases. The primary task was identifying Associated Press newswires and university press releases and finding common trends in the data. After data collection, an iterative process of refining the codebook, and preliminary analysis, the writing process began. The subset of data that the UROP scholar focused on was press releases published by religious universities between 1990 and 2019 . The study aims to understand and analyze how religion influences university response to campus sexual assault.

Authors: Leilani Fonseca, Anna K. Wood, Kathryn Hendricks

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