Wilfrid Laurier University will open #ConsentED, an exhibit showcasing the work of former Master of Social Work student Eleanor McGrath, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. on the main floor of Laurier’s Waterloo campus Library. The exhibit is a collaboration between Laurier’s Waterloo campus Library, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and Advocates for a Student Culture of Consent (ASCC).
The #ConsentED exhibit, which runs until Dec. 21, shares facts about consent and sexual assault in an intriguing format and provides a place for students, faculty, parents, community members, educators and leaders to begin the often uncomfortable and difficult conversation about consent.
“Taking my primary research and turning it into a vibrant, critical campaign that can be used in both post-secondary education and secondary education has been a researcher’s dream,” said McGrath. “The ability to articulate my academic work in a way that will reach the general public has been transformative.”
McGrath completed her Master of Social Work degree at Laurier in Spring 2016. Her thesis, “Let’s Talk About (Consensual) Sex!” explored knowledge and confidence about sexual consent and the need for better consent education.
She has been recognized for outstanding achievement with a Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, and was the first runner-up in Laurier’s 3-Minute Thesis competition in March.
“I dream of better education for everyone on sexual consent and a day where we can truly say we have changed the culture around sexual assault and sexual consent,” said McGrath.
This exhibit is the third annual show in an ongoing collaboration between the Library and the GSA, which is designed to highlight the work of Laurier graduate students through compelling exhibitions that promote academic work to non-academic audiences.
The opening reception takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 21 at Laurier’s Waterloo campus library. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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