Concordia University

Addressing sexual violence and rape culture

Building inclusive strategies across campuses

April 9 - 11, 2019

This three-day symposium will be a space for sharing knowledge, best practices, and projects that address sexual violence and rape culture on campus. All activities are free, and all are welcome. Join us in exploring the diversity of our communities, evaluating strategies and curriculum building. The Office of the Provost and VP, Academic is grateful for the collaboration of the Atwater Library, the Sexual Assault Resource Centre and the Dean of Students Office.

Please note that most sessions will be held in English; should you wish to inquire about the availability of translation services, kindly contact us at your earliest convenience (contact info below).

This is a sustainable event! We encourage you to bring your mug or container for beverages.


Concordia University Conference Centre
1450 Guy St.
Sir George Williams Campus

Symposium schedule

Tuesday, April 9: Sharing evaluative frameworks

Time Location Event
8:30 - 9:00        MB 9 EFG     

Opening remarks
Andrew Woodall, Dean of Students, Concordia University

9:00 - 10:15     MB 9 EFG

Guest keynote: Me too/We too: Strategies-without-borders in addressing campus-based violence
Claudia Mitchell, Department of Integrative Education Studies, McGill University

10:15 - 10:30     MB 9 A Health break
10:30 - 12:30 MB 9 EFG

Presentation and panel: Exploring the complexities of evaluating strategies to address sexual violence on campus

Presentation by Shanly Dixon, lead researcher and knowledge mobilizer for the Atwater Library and Computer Centre's Digital Literacy Project and is currently working on a project to address gender-based sexual violence on campuses

Facilitated by Sofia Misenheimer, co-creator of Growth on the Horizon and founder/editor-in-chief of Art/iculation

  • Shanly Dixon
  • Virginie Mikaelian, graduate student, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Andrea Palmer, Social Worker, Vanier College
  • Carrie Rentschler, Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies, McGill University
  • Ayesha Vemuri, PhD candidate, Department of Communication Studies and Define the Line Research Assistant, McGill University
12:30 - 14:00 MB 9 A Lunch break
14:00 - 15:00 MB 9 EFG

Reflective panel on the work of Standing Committees in higher education
facilitated by Lisa Ostiguy, Special Advisor to the Provost on Student Life and Chair of the Standing Committee on Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Violence, Concordia University

15:00 - 15:30 MB 9 A Health break
15:30 - 17:30 MB 9 EFG

Feminism in Art and Architecture: video screenings by students
Cynthia Hammond, Department of Art History, Concordia University

Wednesday, April 10: Curriculum building and research

Time Location Event
9:00 - 9:15        MB 9 EFG     

Opening remarks

9:15 - 10:45     MB 9 EFG

Panel: Presentations: Academic post-secondary context
Pascale-Amélie Giguère, Travailleuse sociale, Collège Édouard-Montpetit
Natalie Kouri-Towe, Assistant Professor, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University
Kimberley Manning, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Principal, Simone de Beauvoir Institute; faculty lead on C-FAR, Concordia University

10:45 - 11:00     MB 9 A Health break
11:00 - 12:30 MB 9 EFG

Panel presentations: Community context
Jordan Keenan, Cybersecurity Consultant
Akki Mackay, Teen Programs Coordinator, St. Columba House's Get to the Pointe! An alternative sexual health education project
Jessica Quijano, Iskweu Project Coordinator, Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal

12:30 - 13:30 MB 9 A Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00 MB 9 EFG

Presentation: Navigating Resistance: Artistic activism, research, and pedagogy
Kim Simard, Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies, Department of Cinema-Communications, Dawson College
Patricia Romano, Faculty member, Department of Humanities, Dawson College

Thursday, April 11: Opening it up

Time Location Event
9:00 - 9:15  MB 9 CD          

Opening remarks

9:15 - 10:45     MB 9 EFG

Panel: Making our work more intersectional
Saša Buccitelli, faculty member, Social Service Department, Dawson College
Jennifer (JD) Drummond, Coordinator, Concordia Sexual Assault Resource Centre

10:45 - 11:00   MB 9 AB Health break
11:00 - 12:00 MB 9 CD

Presentation: Rape Culture on Dating Apps: Examining Sexual Consent Among Gay/Queer Men
Christopher Dietzel, PhD student in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University

12:00 - 13:30      MB 9 AB Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00 MB 9 CD

Conversation: Concordia University student associations
Elliott Boulanger and Margot Berner, co-Chairs of the ASFA Task Force Against Sexual Assault, Concordia University 
Karina Bosca, President, and Mackenzie Murray, Vice-President, Commerce and Administration Student Association, Concordia University
Sophie Hough-Martin, General Coordinator, Concordia Student Union, Concordia University
Meredith Marty-Dugas, C.A.S.E. President, Concordia University

15:00 - 15:15 MB 9 AB Health break
15:30 - 17:00 MB 9 EFG

Forum Theatre: "Man Down"
Introduction and words about forum theatre by Maggie Kathwaroon, faculty member of Women's and Gender Studies, Vanier College

17:00 - 17:15 MB 9 EFG

Closing remarks
Lisa Ostiguy, Special Advisor to the Provost on Campus Life and Chair of the Standing Committee on Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Violence, Concordia University

17:15 - 19:00 MB AB Cocktail

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