First Day of the Forum (Tuesday, February 8 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm ET)
Tia Wong (Co-Chair) and Kelsey Friesen (Outreach Lead) of Students for Consent Culture Canada (SFCC) set the stage for the 2022 Forum with a brief introduction of their organization and their work as well as the student anti-sexual violence movement. They will establish the importance of the Forum’s topics – reimagining policy, addressing securitization, understanding transformative justice, and implementing student supports to create community safety on campuses.
CAPSAP (Culture and Perspectives on a Sexual Assault Policy) is a research project undertaken by four Universities in Nova Scotia (Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University, Cape Breton University, and St. Mary’s University) to review the universities’ sexual assault policies and make recommendations to increase their cultural inclusivity. This project is led by Principal Investigator Dr. KellyAnne Malinen from Mount Saint Vincent University and is funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, SSHRC, The Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute, and Mount Saint Vincent University. The aim of this research is to educate policy makers and university staff about various cultures' perspectives and represent the diverse student population studying at Nova Scotian Universities.
"Trust your gut and do it yourself": Resisting Securitisation and Co-Optation at Post-Secondary Institutions
Presented by Emily Rosser
If campus safety is so important, why are campuses so unsafe for so many? What is "securitisation" and how is it connected to wider patterns of oppression in our society? What can students do to fight gender violence, without depending on police and other forms of carceral power? In this presentation, I reflect on what makes strategies of resistance to securitisation necessary, accessible, legible, and effective. While #MeToo changed the conversation about gender violence, many institution-led antiviolence initiatives remain superficial public relations exercises that empower policing and sideline student-survivors. As an alternative, I argue for the enduring importance of grassroots organising, community knowledge, anonymous guerilla tactics, keeping survivors at the centre, and building alliances across struggles, especially the struggle against police brutality. In the movement to end gender violence, achieving more widespread understanding and support for abolitionist politics is at a key turning point, and student-survivor organising has enormous potential to drive it forward. In support of this discussion, I draw on the voices and perspectives of students who participated in two key community research projects led by SFCC: the Crucial Voices report for the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence (2021), and the forthcoming Open Secrets report and toolkit on faculty sexual violence at Canadian post-secondary institutions.
This presentation is grounded in 20 years of experience as a campus antiviolence organiser, researcher, educator and frontline supporter of survivors. It is indebted to the neverending work by BIPOC, Antiracist, Queer, DisAbled and feminist activists, to hold states, police and other institutions accountable for the violence inflicted on certain bodies in the name of "community safety."
Panelists will identify and examine current gaps in the creation and implementation of campus sexual violence policies around awareness, prevention, reporting, investigation, and accountability. Based on their work with diverse communities, panelists will share some ways that students' lives on and off campus could be made safer through policy change that is trauma-informed and survivor-centric. As well, panelists will look beyond what policies can do and discuss the need for broader cultural change around consent and sexual violence in solidarity with anti-violence advocates and community-based organizations.
Second Day of the Forum (Wednesday, February 9 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm ET)
Is Consent Even Possible on Stolen Land?
Presented by Seán Kinsella
Consent based education that is centred in settler colonialism often leaves out the important connection of environmental justice when we speak about notions of consent, especially as it pertains to Indigenous peoples. During this session, we will discuss how to make our consent education practises more inclusive of considerations around intergenerational trauma and displacement, environmental degradation and decolonial practise using a strong basis in interconnection and relationality.
Engaging Male-Identifying Students in the Prevention of Sexual Violence
Presented by David Garzon
White Ribbon will speak about best practices and lessons learned in the engagement of male-identifying students and male-dominated faculties at the post-secondary level through workshops and collaborative campaigns.