“Although black male-female relationships have a history of resilience, disunity among men and women is the crux of many social ills in the black community. My research aims to strengthen these relationships. By addressing black male-female relationships, we simultaneously address interconnecting social issues such as poverty, sexually transmitted infections, and domestic violence.”
Interpersonal violence; black male-female relationships; man-sharing
Noelle M. St.Vil, assistant professor, joined the UB School of Social Work faculty in 2015. St. Vil’s research focuses on black male-female relationships, including the impact of structural racism on these relationships, intimate partner violence, sexually transmitted infections and relationship typologies (monogamous, consensual nonmonogamy and nonconsensual nonmonogamy).
She is conducting a study on the prevalence, attitudes and willingness to engage in consensual nonmonogamy among African Americans. St. Vil is co-author of the recent article, “‘Some men just don't want to get hurt’: perspectives of U.S. Virgin Islands men toward partner violence and HIV risks," in Ethnicity and Health, which expands on her research contextualizing and understanding the unique relationship experiences of blacks and giving voice to their realities. Her long-term goal is to create prevention interventions that strengthen black male-female relationships.
In her teaching she is committed to helping students pursue lifelong consciousness and intellectual and spiritual growth. She has designed a course titled, “Introduction to black male-female relationships: a historical and contemporary analysis.” Through a trauma-informed perspective, the course integrates research, policy and practice to develop an understanding of the historical and contemporary context of black male-female relationships, assess intervention strategies and propose solutions.