Working with an amazing new partner

We’ve been quiet over here as we’ve been getting ready to launch an incredible new initiative with our friends at the University of Regina.

Let us introduce you to the amazing Roz Kelsey. Kelsey, who is with the school’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, is the driving force behind the Man Up Against Violence movement. Launched in 2014, it brings awareness and understanding of gender violence to the University of Regina community. With male athletes and other campus leaders speaking out against gender violence and U of R students learning about the issue from leaders in gender-prevention work, the Man Up Against Violence program is challenging everyone across the campus to play a role in confronting this issue.

We are really excited to lead a new initiative with Roz and the whole Man Up Against Violence Advisory Board, supported by the President’s Office: UR Safe Gendered Violence Prevention program. We’re on the ground in Regina this month to host a series of focus groups, launch a campus-wide climate survey and to interview members across the campus community to help the university get a clear understanding of the realities of gender violence on the campus.

This October, Man Up Against Violence will host its third annual fall awareness week, and we’re looking forward to taking part in this. Through the fall, these insights will help us to create a comprehensive plan for the campus. In the new year, we will launch a new set of educational resources and tools that the university can use in promoting healthier understandings of gender and addressing issues of violence directly.

Roz, who was recognized as a Woman of Distinction this spring by Regina’s YWCA for her outstanding contributions as an educator, has a bold vision for this work. It is evident to anyone who has met Roz she is driven to creating a meaningful change for her community. We’re just delighted to work with such a great partner.

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