Claire Kaplan

Claire Kaplan
Program Director, Gender Violence & Social Change and the Men’s Leadership Project,
Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, University of Virginia
Moderator, National Geographic Live

Claire Kaplan, Ph.D., is director of the Gender Violence and Social Change Program and the Men’s Leadership Project (MLP) at UVA’s Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center. She’s a confidential advocate for survivors on grounds, partnering with trauma counselors to ensure clients receive the services and advocacy they need. She promotes awareness and intervention on campus through programs and workshops, including the Traveling Postcards Project, Stronger at the Broken Places, and Survivor Support Network, which trains staff and faculty in techniques to support students and colleagues impacted by gender-based violence. The MLP mentoring program she founded pairs undergraduate men with middle school boys in a structured setting to promote healthy gender-aware masculinities in mentees and mentors. Kaplan has taught academic courses through Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, including Gender Violence and Social Justice; Sexual Violence Prevention on Campus; and the study-abroad class, Women in Central America: Local Activism in Global Context.