Dr. Laura Salazar, professor of public health in the Department of Health Policy & Behavioral Science in Georgia State University’s School of Public Health, and her team, Behavioral Science Technologies, were awarded a 2019 Silver Telly in the non-broadcast, general education category for their serial drama episodes titled Squad.
The episodes are part of a larger project entitled RealConsent, a web-based program to educate new students of institutions of higher education about sexual violence experienced by women, a serious public health problem, and to reduce young women’s risk for sexual assault. According to the project’s study, campus climate surveys show that approximately one in five college women experience sexual violence. Federal regulations now mandate implementation of educational prevention programs for new students of institutions of higher education. RealConsent is designed to reduce young women’s risk for sexual assault by a number of methods, including increasing young women’s awareness of the risks of alcohol use, enhancing the skills necessary for engaging in alcohol-related protective behaviors, and raising awareness of dating-related risk factors for victimization.
Behavioral Science Technologies’ team members include Dr. Anne Marie Schipani-McLaughlin (postdoctoral research associate), Ms. Phylicia Stewart (graduate research assistant), Ms. Suehyla El-Attar (actor), Mr. George Cavagnaro, and Inertia Films. Inertia Films also won a 2019 Bronze Telly for Non-broadcast-Craft-Editing and for Non-broadcast-Craft-Directing for the Squad episodes.
Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is judged by a group of leading experts in entertainment publishing, advertising, and tech.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 18