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How can we create a more inclusive online culture?

On March 2, brainstorm strategies with Concordia’s Sexual Assault Resource Centre
February 14, 2017
By J. Latimer

Concordia’s Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) is preparing to take on a 21st-century challenge — violence that occurs online.

On Thursday, March 2, SARC will hold a panel discussion and workshop, Creating a Better Online Culture – Developing Strategies Together.

“We intend to identify and create concrete strategies that serve to de-normalize, prevent and eliminate cyberviolence in real-life situations,” says Jennifer Drummond, SARC coordinator.

Cyberviolence, defined

Drummond defines cyberviolence as online or technology-facilitated behaviour that constitutes or leads to harm against the psychological, emotional, financial and/or physical state of an individual or group.

“The goal of the event is to generate knowledge and critical reflections that can be used to inform best practices for academic institutions.” 

The event is being co-hosted with the Atwater Library and Computer Centre’s Preventing and Eliminating Cyberviolence project. It will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders, including students, community groups, academic researchers, CEGEPS, law enforcement, health workers, members of the video game industry and technology experts.

“After the 60-minute panel discussion,” Drummond says, “we’re going to workshop approaches to address cyberviolence at the individual, collective and systemic levels.”

Creating a Better Online Culture – Developing Strategies Together
takes place at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in room H-767 of the Henry F. Hall Building (1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W). A reception will follow, from 5 to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To RSVP, email
Jennifer Drummond.

Find out more about Concordia’s Sexual Assault Resource Centre.


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