Angela Myers ’21 publishes Lumen research on sexual violence prevention

Angela Myers '21 published an article about her Lumen Scholar research, "Rewriting Sexual Violence Prevention," in Communication Design Quarterly.

Angela Myers ’21, a professional writing & rhetoric major, published “Rewriting Sexual Violence Prevention: A Comparative Rhetorical Analysis of Online Prevention Courses in the United States and New Zealand” in Communication Design Quarterly (CDQ).

Myers’ article focuses on one slice of her Lumen Prize and Honors research on online sexual violence prevention courses. Myers conducted a rhetorical analysis, comparing two courses, a course used by many U.S. colleges and universities, including Elon, and a course used by university housing providers in New Zealand and Australia.

The analysis shared in the CDQ article informed Myers’ subsequent usability testing research with Elon students about the effectiveness of communication and design strategies in online prevention courses. She then applied what she learned to last year’s #ElonEmpowers social norms campaign, in partnership with the Gender & LGBTQIA Center.

CDQ is the peer-reviewed research publication of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group for Design of Communication (SIGDOC). Myers article is published in the journal’s current issue (Volume 9, Issue 3).

This is Myers’ second publication related to her Lumen project. The first explored user-centered methodology in professional writing and rhetoric research.

Myers’ research was mentored by Jessie L. Moore, director of the Center for Engaged Learning and professor of Professional Writing & Rhetoric in the Department of English.