Dr. West has had the opportunity to screen her film, guest lecture, and provide keynote speeches to college and university campuses around the country, and in various parts of the world.

From Howard University to Harvard University, her audiences are racially and culturally diverse. In addition to the college lecture circuit, she speaks at violence organizations, professional conferences, on panels, and at events sponsored by grassroots and community organizations. She typically speaks about gender-based violence, such as intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and sexualized media/pornography.

Dr. West has conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and workshops in the United States and abroad. She conducts full or half-day trainings for college staff, faculty, and students; sexual assault and domestic violence program staff; health-care and human service professionals; law enforcement personal; and others. 

If you are interested in booking a speaking date, please check Dr. West’s calendar for availability.

Where Dr. Carolyn West has Presented:



With more than 30 years of teaching experience, Dr. West is an award-winning professor and has spoken to college students and administrators around the country about:

  • Campus rape and sexual harassment. Read her inspiring story.
  • Navigating stereotypes of Women of Color in the academic environment

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Columbia University
Eastern Washington University
The Evergreen State College
University of Kentucky
Harvard University
Howard University
Huston-Tillotson University
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland State University
Portland Community College
University of South Carolina
The University of Texas at Austin
Texas State University
Union College
University of Washington
Wellesley College
West Chester University
University of Windsor


California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Maryland Coaclition Against Sexual Assault
Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault



Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma
International Association of Forensic Nurses
The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Washington Trafficking Prevention


American Psychological Association
Association for Women in Psychology
National Urban League
National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association


Dr. West has spoken to military leaders around the country about sexual harassment and sexual assault.





Presentations by Dr. Carolyn West

West, C. M. (2021, November). Black girlhood interrupted: Understanding adultification and sexual violence in the lives of Black girls. Virtual Keynote for the Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State.  https://youtu.be/4HyisPtnuHE?t=1566

West, C. M. (2020, December). From Black Lives Matter to Black Wives Matter: Exploring how pornography has sexualized social justice movements. University of Washington Tacoma Grit City Think and Drink. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqZLU4dKjIQ

West, C. M. (2020, November). Escape the cape: Changing perspectives on partner violence and media images. 2020: The Course. University of Washington. https://www.washington.edu/uaa/academic-resources/2020-the-course/carolyn-west/