Upcoming Events & Brief Introduction to the HRC-VAW!

Long time no write! Well, that’s not strictly true. I have been writing. A LOT actually. Like many other students, I struggled with bouncing back from my comprehensive exams and immersing myself into my dissertation work. However, for the first time in a long time I can picture the “end”. Being able to visualize the finished proposal has been very motivating 🙂 A longer post about some of the obstacles and things I found helpful is in the works – once I get closer to the other side!

I wanted to quickly pop in to highlight two upcoming events – the first from the Health Research Centre for the Study of Violence Against Women. What a mouthful! Let’s just shorten that to the HRC-VAW from now on.

For those of you in Windsor, you may be familiar with the HRC-VAW (ahh, so much better). For those who aren’t, the HRC-VAW is a group of faculty and graduate students at the University of Windsor who do research related to gender-based violence. One of the great things about the group is that it regularly partners with community members on research projects and hosts knowledge sharing events (e.g., last year’s Knowledge and Practice: Facilitating conversations about responses to VAW symposium) where academics can connect with and learn from community members. The group also hosts various workshops and speakers throughout the year – more info can be found on their webpage.

One such workshop is coming up this Friday (April 28th, 2017). It’s a Research Development Workshop where faculty and students will work alongside community organizations to refine their research questions and methods. I will be participating as one of the student members (exciting!) and I anticipate it’ll be a pretty neat learning experience.

The second event, just in time for Sexual Assault Awareness month (May), is a symposium on “The Philadelphia Model”, an approach that has been effective in reducing the number of sexual assault cases deemed “unfounded” by the police. The event is co-sponsored by the Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre and the Chatham-Kent Police Service. It will be held on May 12th, 2017 from 8:30am – 12:30pm at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham, ON. And it costs on $25! A few years ago I attended an event on campus sexual assault sponsored by the Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre (another one! you shall be known as the C-K SACC) and it was a good experience.

To register, visit the C-K SACC Facebook page!

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