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This week, Brock University was flooded with messages of support on colourful sticky notes across campus. The campaign, led by Brock Human Rights and Equity (HRE) as part of #IBelieveYou week, was launched to remind survivors of gender-based sexual violence that they are believed and supported. 

Other #IBelieveYou week events included Denim Day, where students were invited to show their support by sharing photos wearing denim on their social media channels, and the launch of HRE’s Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Support Drop-in.

The P2P Support program is student-led and provides support for students experiencing racial discrimination, sexual violence, or those seeking support in general. Each session is completely confidential, and students are invited to join anytime; registration is not required. This semester, P2P drop-in sessions will run on Tuesdays (online only, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Wednesdays (online and in-person, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.), and Thursdays (online only, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.). For more information about P2P Support, visit ExperienceBU.

HRE will also be resuming its Gender and Sexual Violence (GSV) Support Certificate workshops virtually this year. Students looking to learn about confronting sexual and gender-based violence are encouraged to register for a workshop via ExperienceBU to start working towards their certification. 

In order to qualify for the standard certificate, participants must complete five out of the 11 workshops offered. Those who complete 10 workshops qualify for the advanced certificate. Workshop credits transfer year over year, so students are welcome to complete the program at their own pace. This year’s workshops cover a variety of topics including masculinity, grooming, restorative justice, and international perspectives on relationships and dating. Registration, as well as a complete list of workshops, can be found on ExperienceBU.

“We have some very exciting programming planned…that surrounds consent and partying in October and in November we work with international students and raise awareness about consent from multiple perspectives,” said Talia Ritondo, Gender and Sexual Violence Education Coordinator at Brock HRE. “We are also re-launching our faith-based series which talks about different aspects of faith and how it intersects with consent and gender and sexual violence.”

While official dates have not been confirmed, Brock HRE plans to host events in conjunction with Brock International and students living in residence to promote an environment that is inclusive and free from discrimination. 

Though all events are currently being held virtually, students are encouraged to connect with HRE on Instagram (@brockhre) for announcements regarding in-person events in the future.