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The Power of our Collective Voices: Changing the Conversation on Sexual Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions - One Day Symposium
Friday, June 10, 2016
As part of the Department of Justice Canada’s Victims and Survivors of Crime Awareness Week 2016 initiative, the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR), the UBC Alma Mater Society’s Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), and Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC) organized and hosted a one-day, pre-conference symposium centred on the development and implementation of post-secondary policies, protocols and prevention strategies with regards to sexual violence and misconduct on post-secondary campuses.
The symposium, titled The Power of our Collective Voices: Changing the Conversation on Sexual Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions, connected over 100 students, staff from all 25 of BC’s public post-secondary institutions, community-based service providers, as well as government officials from across the province. This diversity of participants was especially instrumental in view of the introduction of Bill 23: the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act in late April 2016. The bill requires all public post-secondary institutions in the province of BC to establish and implement a sexual misconduct policy.
Following welcoming remarks by Honourable Anne Rowles, Chair of the Board at ICCLR and a keynote presentation by Farrah Khan, Sexual Violence Support and Education Coordinator at Ryerson University, there were subsequent presentations made by Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education for the province of British Columbia, as well as Tracey Porteous and Kate Rossiter from the Ending Violence Association of BC. Presentations were then followed by a round of facilitated discussions between participants on various policies and initiatives being used to end violence on campuses, as well as how the recently introduced Bill 23 might impact existing work within post-secondary communities.