Creating Caring Campus Communities: Intersectional Prevention and Education Strategies on Campus

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Tamsyn Riddle is the cofounder and C.E.O of sayfe.u, a mobile platform developed to support survivors of sexual violence on campus, and deliver comprehensive, relatable consent education to students in an accessible and innovative format. She is presently a student activist at the University of Toronto and is a survivor of campus sexual assault. Through her leadership in the Trinity Against Sexual Assault and Harassment (TASAH) she has played a key role in sexual violence advocacy at U of T and her work has been featured in the school’s largest student newspaper, The Varsity.

072A4306.jpgAriel Surnick is the co-founder and C.D.O. of sayfe.u, a mobile platform developed to support survivors of sexual violence on campus, and deliver comprehensive, relatable consent education to students in an accessible and innovative format.  She is an activist, survivor, and recent graduate from University of Toronto, where she majored in Diaspora and Transnational Studies, with minors in Indigenous Studies and History. During her time at U of T, she was involved with on- and off-campus sexual violence activism and sexual health education.


Farrah Khan is a counsellor, educator and artist with 16 years of experience addressing gender-based violence. She is the Sexual Violence Support and Education Coordinator at Ryerson University. In March 2015, she was named co-chair of the provincial roundtable on Violence Against Women, tasked with coordinating high-level discussions with multiple stakeholders to review and monitor existing policies and procedures to address forms of gender-based violence. Farrah has co-created innovative community-centered initiatives including #WeBelieveSurvivors, Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada and Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project. With Outburst, she developed a risk assessment/safety planning tool on “honor” related violence and forced marriage.  As a educator, she has conducted trainings across North America on sexual violence, gender-based violence and human rights advocacy.  Farrah is regularly sought out by national media including the CBC and the Globe and Mail for her expertise. Her leadership and commitment have been recognized with several awards from organizations such as the the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the Toronto Community Foundation and the Canadian Council of Muslim Women.  Farrah received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto. ( 

80bab9_aedf0dd99ef54e07aee3b62d83da6f36Anna Soole is Métis of the Cree, Ojibwe and Lakota First Nations,and French, Celtic, Gaelic, Welsh, and German settler ancestry*. She currently resides, as a visitor, on the unceded and occupied, traditional and ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.As an agent for transformative justice and liberation, and a senior trainer, speaker, and educator fornearly two decades, she have practiced as a Social Justice Facilitator, Assertiveness Coach, and Forum Theatre Practitioner at provincial, national, and international levels. Her practice is founded in experiential education and arts-based social and ecological justice with a focus on gender, sexuality, gender based violence prevention and justice, fat politics, transformativecommunication, assertiveness, intersectional anti-oppression, and Indigenous feminism. (

This panel will be moderated by Janet Mee.

janet-mee-smallJanet Mee is the Director of Access and Diversity at UBC and the University’s lead on Sexual Assault Intervention and Prevention Education. In this role, Janet chairs the Sexual Assault Prevention Team. Janet has worked in the postsecondary system in BC for over 27 years with a focus on social justice and access and has been at UBC since 1993. Throughout her career, she has strived to contribute on a local, national and international level to the growth and evolution of the student affairs profession and the creation of better systems to support students – most recently as the President of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services.

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