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Jess Davidson (born 1993-94) is an American feminist and social political activist. Davidson is the Executive Director of End Rape on Campus and has been a national leader of the Its on Us campaign. Davidson currently travels internationally as an organizer and lecturer, and is a media spokeswoman on issues of sexual assault and rape culture.
Education and career
While a student leader at the University of Denver, Davidson led grassroots sexual assault reforms. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a concurrent Master of Arts degree in public policy. She founded the “I’ve Got Your Back” program, which provides first-year students with access to a safe walk home, accompanied by an older student, during orientation week. The program has since been instituted on campus across the United States. In 2014, MSNBC recognized her as a top female leader in college politics. Davidson serves on the Ending Violence Against Women Advisory Council at the Biden Foundation.
In Fall 2016, Davidson began working in the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement. In February of the same year, Davidson wrote a viral op-ed for HuffPost where she called for uniform Affirmative consent policies on all college campuses. In April 2016, President Barack Obama named Davidson as a Champion of Change for her work to address campus sexual assault. Her advocacy has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America, and been presented around the country with groups like The United States of Women Summit, The National Network to End Sexual Assault, and Google. Davidson was a presenter with members of congress at the 2018 Sexual Assault and Harassment Prevention Summit.
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