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Impacts of Sexual Assault Trauma and Mental Health on Graduate Student Retention and Academic Success

Abstract

This project addresses student retention and success of underrepresented students. It examines the efficacy of current resources, education, and training available for addressing the effects of sexual assault, violence, and posttraumatic stress on graduate student mental health. I employ a combination of ethnographic research methods, participant observation, interviews, and content analysis, and techniques such as snow-balling and generative survey responses in order to reach particularly marginalized students. My expected outcomes include increased graduate retention and improved campus climate in regards to diversity and mental health, which, in turn, will encourage the growth of diverse student populations on our campus.

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