YaleWomen Northern California: Preventing Sexual Violence

On June 4, YaleWomen of Northern California along with the Yale Club of San Francisco and the AYA hosted a discussion on "Preventing Sexual Violence: The Workplace, the College Campus, and Other Sexual Ecologies," featuring Yale faculty Melanie Boyd (Assistant Dean of Student Affairs; Lecturer, Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies) and Inderpal Grewal (Chair, Department of Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies).

On June 4, YaleWomen of Northern California along with the Yale Club of San Francisco and the AYA hosted a discussion on "Preventing Sexual Violence: The Workplace, the College Campus, and Other Sexual Ecologies," featuring Yale faculty Melanie Boyd (Assistant Dean of Student Affairs; Lecturer, Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies) and Inderpal Grewal (Chair, Department of Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies). Over 50 alumni heard Melanie and Inderpal engage in a wide-ranging talk about sexual violence. They cited the global nature of the issue and pointed out that institutional practices and norms have to be addressed in order to achieve systemic and lasting change. They each talked about specific areas that they’ve researched. Melanie then described the activities at Yale to prevent sexual violence. She’s working with Yale undergrads to create peer-based change. Student volunteers are educating their peers and role-modeling a climate of zero tolerance for harassment of any kind. There’s also other support systems for students who experience any sexual violence or pressure to engage in unwanted sexual activity.

This talk was the first faculty discussion that the chapter has hosted. It drew a diverse group of attendees including alums who’d never attended a YaleWomen or Yale Club event before!

 See photos from the event on the gallery page: http://www.yalewomen.org/gallery.

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