Carol Bilson identifies as Indigenous Latinx, queer, woman and mother from Wallmapu (Chile), pronouns are she/her. BA in Political Science and MA in Indigenous Governance, previous coordinator of the anti.violence.project (AVP) the University of Victoria’s Sexual Assault Centre. During my years at AVP in collaboration with University of Victoria Student Society (UVSS), we developed multiple prevention campaigns including: Let’s Get Consensual, #UVICMENAGAINSTRAPE and our highly successful UVIC Let’s Get Consent video: https://youtu.be/e1wRKTniHU8. Currently, I am working as an independent consultant and facilitator, with intentions of starting my MA in counselling later this year. My work in gender based violence is rooted in compassion, intersectional feminism, decolonizing and restorative community responses. I firmly believe in order to shift the culture at post-secondary institutions, campus leadership must usher in a strong culture of consent that is holistic, trauma informed and survivor centered. Further, establish structures in which both survivors and the people who cause harm have access to support services, healing spaces, and institutionally funded accountability processes.
Ashley Bentley is an intersectional feminist who has worked in the anti-violence field for over 6 years. Ashley is a settler from England working and living on the unceeded and traditional territories of the Musqueam peoples, which shapes her approach to this work. Ashley is an individual who is passionate and dedicated to creating research based violence prevention strategies and is committed to working within a collaborative model to support local, provincial and national communities. She has worked for various non-profit organizations and brings expertise in trauma, gender studies and mental health. She has a BA in Media and Cultural Studies from Southampton Solent University and has been accepted to pursue a Master’s degree at Simon Fraser University, studying Equity in Education. In June 2016, Ashley was the recipient of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s Shining Star Award.
Alex Zuur is a Social Worker turned Restorative Justice practitioner who has a passion for listening to the different voices that we sometimes forget we need to hear. She manages a pre-charge, court diversion program and works with police, victims, offenders and community members to bring about healing and reparation after crime and conflict. She has facilitated over 100 restorative justice processes for a wide range of crimes and is profoundly curious about how these practices can be critically analyzed and appropriately adapted for post secondary institutions. She previously worked in the provincial prisons and supported high risk offenders struggling with homelessness, mental health and addiction challenges with their community reintegration. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of British Columbia and has a background in Trauma Informed Yoga teaching, addictions counselling and has facilitated hundreds of workshops on consent and sexuality in local high schools.
This panel will be moderated by Janine Benedet.
Janine Benedet, LLB (UBC), LLM, SJD (Mich.) is Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs at the Allard School of Law at UBC. Her research focuses on the legal treatment of sexual violence against women, including sexual assault, prostitution and pornography. With Isabel Grant, she has completed extensive research on the criminal justice system’s treatment of the sexual assault of women with mental disabilities. She has represented women’s groups as pro bono counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada and is the co-Director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies. She recently chaired an expert panel on sexual assault prevention, response and accountability at UBC.