Though there is overwhelming evidence of high rates of sexual violence among post-secondary students, as well as against Indigenous people, very little work has been done on the overlaps between the two, and even less on how best to support them. This project aims to develop a best practices model for colleges and universities to provide support services for Indigenous students, staff, and faculty who experience sexual violence. This model will be of use not only for the project’s two sites, but to all institutions seeking out a blueprint to better serve Indigenous survivors within their campus community.


This project is grounded in collaborative work with two Partnering Scholars, Phenocia Bauerle and Cutcha Risling Baldy, and is being conducted at two universities in northern California--Humboldt State University, and the University of California, Berkeley.


This project is a collaboration between SBI Partnering Scholars Phenocia Bauerle and Cutcha Risling Baldy, and SBI Executive Director Annita Lucchesi.


Phenocia Bauerle is the first and current director of Native American Student Development at UC Berkeley, and a citizen of the Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation of Montana. Prior to working at Berkeley, she served as Director of the Diversity Awareness Office at Montana State University. She holds a BA in English Literature, and attended graduate school at Berkeley's School of Education, studying language revitalization and American Indian education in the Language, Literacy, Society & Culture program.

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy  is an Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University. Her research is focused on Indigenous feminisms, California Indians and decolonization. She is  the author of a popular blog that explores issues of social justice, history and California Indian politics and culture.   Dr. Risling Baldy's first book We Are Dancing For You: Native feminisms and the revitalization of women's coming-of-age ceremonies considers how revitalization of women's coming-of-age ceremonies challenges anthropological theories about menstruation, gender, and coming-of-age and addresses gender inequality and gender violence within Native communities. The book is available with the University of Washington Press and major book sellers and retailers. Dr. Risling Baldy is Hupa, Yurok and Karuk and an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in Northern California. In 2007, Dr. Risling Baldy co-founded the Native Women's Collective, a nonprofit organization that supports the continued revitalization of Native American arts and culture where she serves as the Executive Director. She lives in Humboldt County with her family and their puppy, Buffy.