Education and workshops

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There is a range of workshops and/or initiatives aimed at preventing and responding to sexualized violence at UVic, including:

Tools for Change: Preventing Sexualized Violence at UVic

Equity and Human Rights (EQHR) and the Office of Student Life (OSL) are excited to offer this new interactive and skill-based workshop to students. The workshop provides useful and relevant information as well as practical skills for preventing and responding to sexualized violence. Tools for Change is great for anyone who wants to learn more and be part of the conversation on this topic at UVic.

Preventing and Responding to Sexualized Violence at UVic: Training for Staff and Faculty

This workshop provides university staff with information about how to identify sexualized violence, how to respond to a disclosure, where to get support, and importantly, how to prevent sexualized violence. The workshop will be interactive, with a mix of images, films, and discussions aimed at gaining a deeper insight into this important workplace concern. Participants will leave with practical advice and sentence starts for what to do when confronted by sexual harassment or behaviour that appears to “cross the line”. 

Bringing in the Bystander

Offered by the Office of Student Life, the "Bringing in the Bystander” workshop teaches students how to overcome resistance to checking in and intervening when they observe the potential for sexualized violence to occur. By empowering students to become active bystanders, we hope to create a compassionate community response to preventing sexualized violence and fostering a safer environment on campus.

Step in, Speak out

Offered by the Office of Student Life, the "Step in, Speak out” is a 45-minute online bystander intervention training program that introduces students to the concepts of pro-social bystander intervention and community expectations.

Understanding Consent Culture

This Anti-Violence Project consent workshop is intended for anyone looking for education, skills, and an opportunity to understand and practice consent in a supportive and sex positive space. Some of the topics that folks can expect to engage in will include: consent (what it is, why it’s required, how to practice it), gender-based violence, safer spaces, sex positivity, power, and privilege. Through activities, discussion, and media, the workshop offers a chance for us to talk about all the ways we can provide safe, fun, and sexy ways to build relationships with the people we care about.

Supporting a Survivor

This Anti-Violence Project workshop provides some foundations for supporting survivors of sexualized violence. Throughout the workshop AVP will discuss different approaches and tools that can be used when supporting someone. Some topics include: active listening, believing survivors, caring for yourself, and making referrals. There will also be time to practice supporting folks through (optional) roleplays.

Men’s Circle

The Men’s Circle at UVic is a space where men and masculine-identified folks, including (but not limited to!) transmasculine, genderqueer, and non-binary folks, can meet to:

  • Connect with others with similar and shared identities
  • Learn about the systems and structures which uphold gender-based violence
  • Share lived experiences and stories
  • Work on strategies for dismantling and challenging gender-based violence, dominant constructions of masculinity, and other structures of oppression on campus and in the larger community

Consent Advocates and Relationships Educator’s (CARE) leadership program

Provides students with an opportunity to take a leadership role on raising awareness about issues related to consent and relationships on campus. They plan awareness raising events and participate in the annual Sexualized Violence Awareness Week.

Campus Security Services

Campus Security offers workshops on topics including: How to Diffuse Difficult Clients; Tactical Communications; Active Threat; and Emergency Preparedness.

Contact the personal safety coordinators to book one of these workshops.

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