Consent Action Week

Jan 5th, 2023

Consent Action Week Programming and Events. Someone handing a branch to another person. Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Support and Education

What is Consent Action Week? 

Consent Action Week is an educational initiative created by the Ontario University Sexual Violence Network held during the last week of January at universities across Ontario. During January 23-27, the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Support and Education Centre, the SAFE (Sexual Assault Free Environment) Peer Team and on and off-campus partners will be hosting Consent Action Week; an opportunity for the University of Guelph campus community to create a dialogue about consent, pleasure, relationships and increase understanding of sexual and gender-based violence. This week is also an opportunity to raise awareness of both on and off-campus services and to engage staff, faculty and students in programming and events centred around healing, prevention and advocacy. 

Events: 


Monday, January 23, 2023:

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Resource Fair 

Knowing the range of options for resources and support can help survivors connect with supports that best meet their needs. Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Resource Fair to learn more the many amazing on-campus and community-based supports and resources available. Those who attend will have the opportunity to enter a gift card giveaway! 

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm  
Location: UC Courtyard  
Registration: Open to all UofG students, staff, faculty and community members. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2023:  

Trauma-Informed Yoga with Charlene Dinger 

This class is open to everyBODY and anyone that wishes to connect with their mind, body and breath in a safe space. This Hatha-style class is a grounding and therapeutic sequence that is accessible and safe for beginners, yet challenging for more experienced students.  Cultivate strength, stability, focus and mindfulness. Self-massage techniques, grounding breathwork and meditation will also be included. 

A care room will be available during the session for anyone seeking supports and resources during the yoga event in AC 131. 

Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat to this event if possible. If you do not have a mat, one can be supplied for you. 

Time: 10:30am-12:00 pm 
Location: Gryphons Athletics Centre, Studio 300 
Registration: Open to all UofG students. Registration is Required. 

About the Instructor, Charlene Dinger: 

Growing up as a dancer and working professionally as a performer and educator, Charlene has been fascinated by the body, anatomy and the mind-body connection. In 2018, she completed her 500-hour YTT through Modo Yoga, and has since completed the Reaching In, Reaching Out Training through New Leaf Foundation (focusing on anti-oppression and trauma-informed instruction), as well as a Level 2 Flow training with Saana Yoga. 

As she continues to grow on her journey as an instructor, Charlene remains a curious student. She loves to gain insight from her students, embracing every class she teaches as a true energy exchange. She offers classes that are accessible and safe, while leaving space for seasoned practitioners to challenge themselves when they are called to do so. 

LGBTQ2IA+ Weekly Discussion with OUTLine: Consent Action Week: Love Letters to Survivors 

The LGBTQ2IA+ Weekly Discussion hosted by OUTLine serves as an opportunity for students to connect to discuss and share lived experiences of being part of the LGBTQ2IA+ communities. At the weekly discussion, we explore different topics related to sexual orientation, gender identity, finding community, pop culture, and more. These discussions are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.  

This week, we will be dedicating this time and space for Consent Action Week. Students will have the opportunity to come write love letters to survivors, share in discussion, and colour. Everyone is welcome and can participate to whatever level comfortable 

Time: 5:30-6:30 pm 
Location: Raithby 100 
Registration: Open to all LGBTQ2IA+ students. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response Training for Students 

Join us for a free skills-development opportunity to learn more about the root causes of sexual and gender-based violence, ways to promote and practice consent, the skills needed to respond to disclosures, and understand the support and resources available. 

A care room will be available during the session for anyone seeking support and resources during the training in UC 429. 

Time: 2:30 - 4:30 pm 
Location: Virtual
 

Navigating Pleasure After Trauma Workshop 

Experiencing sexual violence is a form of trauma that, no matter what the circumstances or how long ago it happened, can change the way we experience intimacy and sexual connection. Many survivors report that sexual violence has altered their sexual views and reactions to intimacy. Survivors often highlight that the symptoms of trauma can be highly irritating and lead to a decrease in sexual satisfaction and closeness with others. Join Sexologist and Relationship Coach, Alisha Fisher, as we examine how our minds process trauma, why triggers and dissociations occur, and [re]discover pleasure within our body, and the numerous ways we can access it. Self-pleasure can be recognized as a form of resistance by one being able to explore and decide what is pleasurable and what is not pleasurable after experiencing sexual trauma.
 
In this session, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the various ways trauma impacts our bodies and intimate lives
  • Reflect on how self-pleasure can be a radical form of healing and self-care
  • Comprehend how arousal, and sexual desire functions
  • Learn about different techniques to access pleasure within their bodies, minds and environment.
 
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
Location: Virtual via Zoom. Registration Required. 
Registration: Open to all UofG students, staff, faculty and community members. 
 
About the Facilitator, Alisha Fisher:
Alisha Fisher is an International Award Winning Speaker, Sexologist, and Relationship Coach, who has been involved with the field of Sexology and Sexual Violence for over a decade. She works with individuals and people in relationships to enhance their intimate lifestyles, as well as speaking on numerous panels and to communities about her role in creating more fulfilling relationships to ourselves and others. Her enthusiasm for combining research and trauma informed practices into sexual connection has been the driving force for her presentations, workshops and coaching sessions. You can connect with Alisha's services and social media accounts on her website InspireIntimacy.com
Survivors are most likely to disclose their experiences with someone they know and trust. In this workshop, staff and faculty will learn about the importance of a supportive response to a disclosure, ways to provide survivor-centric and trauma-informed support and referral pathways to on-campus resources. 
 
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Location: Virtual via Zoom. Registration Required.  
Registration: Open to all UofG staff, faculty and student staff. 

Stories Spark Change: In Conversation With adrienne marie brown 

Join internationally renowned writer, activist, musician, and facilitator adrienne maree brown for an in-depth conversation on joy, pleasure, and healing. This virtual event will feature student poetry and artwork, and the conversation will be moderated by Keneisha Charles.  

adrienne maree brown grows healing ideas in public through her multi-genre writing, her music and her podcasts. Informed by 25 years of movement facilitation, somatics, Octavia E Butler scholarship and her work as a doula, adrienne has nurtured Emergent Strategy, Pleasure Activism, Radical Imagination and Transformative Justice as ideas and practices for transformation. She is the author/editor of seven published texts and the founder of the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, where she is now the writer-in-residence. 

Stories Spark Change is being organized by: Toronto Metropolitain University, Laurier University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Carleton University, University of Guelph, Western University, York University, and Queen's University.  

We are also looking for Black, Indigenous and racialized undergraduate and graduate students to submit artwork and/or poetry for this event. The deadline for all submissions is Monday January 16th, learn more and apply here.  

Accessibility Note: The webinar will be conducted primarily in spoken English. Live captioning in English will be available. American Sign Language can be made available upon request. Requests may be submitted in the registration form below. Please submit language accessibility requests at least 3 business days before the event. Please note that we may not be able to fulfill requests received within less than 3 business days of an event.  

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm 
Location: Virtual via Zoom. Registration Required. 
Registration: Open to all UofG Students. 

Friday, January 27, 2023  

Sex on Screen: Fantasy or Reality? Understanding How Erotic Media Shapes Our Relationships 

Is porn really everywhere? Ruining relationships, and transforming our understanding of sex? Join the PhD sexologists, Alisha Fisher and Tasha Falconer, as they discuss pornography, who watched pornography, why types of pornography are popular, and how world events can impact people's viewing habits of pornography. Myths (and the reality) related to pornography will be explored, as well as critiques. The presentation will include media literacy discussions and discussions around the relationship between sexual media and consent. Finally, there will be suggestions for how to talk with ourselves and our partners about social media.This free event is a collaboration between Student Wellness Services’ SAFE and NAKED peer teams and is an opportunity to expand your knowledge about all things pornography and sexuality in a fun and exciting way! 

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm 
Location: Brass Taps 74 Lounge
Registration: Open to all students, staff, faculty and community members. 
 
About the Facilitator, Alisha Fisher:
Alisha Fisher is an International Award Winning Speaker, Sexologist, and Relationship Coach, who has been involved with the field of Sexology and Sexual Violence for over a decade. She works with individuals and people in relationships to enhance their intimate lifestyles, as well as speaking on numerous panels and to communities about her role in creating more fulfilling relationships to ourselves and others. Her enthusiasm for combining research and trauma informed practices into sexual connection has been the driving force for her presentations, workshops and coaching sessions. You can connect with Alisha's services and social media accounts on her website InspireIntimacy.com
 
About the Facilitator, Tasha Falconer:
Tasha Falconer is a PhD candidate, sex educator, and international speaker. Her work focuses on pleasure, contraception use, and consent. Tasha studied sexting in various populations, including adolescents, young adults, and middle-aged adults. She has also investigated our current understandings of what is sexual health. She strives to open the conversation about people's sexual lives and gives people all the information they need to create their best sexual lives. Tasha has presented at international conferences and given workshops at top universities and colleges. She is also published in top academic journals.