Doctoral candidate and CHSE Associate Dean publish book, Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus


Conversation surrounding sexual violence on higher education campuses has steadily increased over the years, but there are many questions still to be answered. Sara Wooten, a doctoral candidate in SOE and Dr. Roland Mitchell’s, CHSE Associate Dean and Jo Ellen Levy Yates Endowed Professor, newest book, Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus, explores the existing strategies universities are implementing when it comes to addressing sexual violence.

Following the release of The Crisis of Campus Sexual Violence in 2015, Mitchell and Wooten’s newest book stresses the critical importance of student inclusion in policy decisions and procedures along with looking into the fundamental questions regarding the cultural shifts in our nation’s higher education institutions.

Sara Carrigan Wooten is a Doctoral Candidate in Higher Education and Curriculum Studies in the Educational Leadership and Research department in the School of Education at Louisiana State University.

Louisiana Senator J.P. Morrell appointed her to a Louisiana Campus Sexual Assault Working Group in 2015. This group is tasked with identifying how higher education institutes are failing to protect their students. It develops sexual assault policy recommendations for colleges and universities in Louisiana. Wooten helped evaluate the Board of Regent’s uniform sexual assault policy for Louisiana higher education institutions. She also evaluated proposed legislation on campus police sexual assault training, campus climate surveys, sexual assault protective orders, and rape kit testing and handling procedures.

Dr. Roland Mitchell is an Associate Dean and Professor in the School of Education. He is co-editor of the Lexington Press of Rowman and Littlefield book series Race and Education in the 21st Century and he serves as the director of the Louisiana Summit on African American Male Educational Success.

About SOE

The LSU School of Education offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling. The school’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. 

About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education is a nationally accredited division of LSU. Formed in 2012, the college brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.