August 3, 2022

The SFSS and the SFU Sexual Violence Prevention Office are teaming up to host a workshop where participants will learn how to be an active bystander when difficult situations related to sexual misconduct arise, and walk away feeling more confident about how to efficiently respond to incidents. They will also gather the tools required to create a safer partying environment. This is a wonderful opportunity that we hope students will take advantage of.

Workshop Description:

In this interactive workshop, participants will acquire the knowledge and skills to identify potentially
harmful situations, and how to implement actionable steps to move from a passive to an active bystander
specially during night events. Members will learn the principles of safer partying, and how to respond
supportively and effectively to disclosures of sexual violence.

SFU SVSPO works to advocate for a safe and empowered university community through educating and raising awareness about sexual violence and misconduct. Working through an intersectional lens, they also aim to provide survivor-centered trauma informed support. More information about SVSPO can be found here. 

The workshop will be co-facilitated by Paola and Belinda from the SFU Sexual Violence Prevention Office in SUB 2440 on August 18th from 11:00am – 12:30pm. The deadline to register is August 17 at 11:59pm.

Paola Quirós-Cruz (she/her) is the Educator with the SVSPO. In this role, she facilitates education
and outreach for SFU and FIC undergrad and grad students and also coordinates the Active
Bystander Network, the SVSPO’s student leader group. Previously, Paola was the SFSS Women’s
Centre Coordinator where she managed all services provided to students at the centre while also
offering support and workshops on gender violence, sex positivity, and social justice issues.

Belinda Karsen (she/her) is the Educational Specialist with SFU’s Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office. In this role, she develops and facilitates education and outreach for SFU and FIC students and employees. Before joining the SVSPO in June 2020, Belinda developed and coordinated a peer-facilitated sexual violence prevention program at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Register here.

View workshop outline here.

View detailed workshop information here.

‎If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please contact Rachel, the SFSS Member Services Coordinator Generalist at [email protected]. This workshop is open to SFU students only.