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Loughborough's 1st ever
This year LSU Welfare and Diversity, in partnership with Loughborough University, are hosting our first ever Consent Week. The purpose of the week is to provide students and staff with the opportunity to take part in a number of discussion-based and thought provoking activities, with the intention of long-term improvement within the Students' Union and University environments. The week's events, developed collaboratively between LSU and members of the Sexual Politics Research Groups Network (SPRIG), will include a number of consent workshop sessions, as well as discussions, hosted by a number of University Professors, and an interactive 'Say YES to Consent' visual display.
'THE HUNTING GROUND' SCREENING & PANEL
Wednesday 3rd Feb | Cope Auditorium
1:45-3pm Discussion Panel
One of the most highly anticipated events within Consent Week is a screening of ‘
The Hunting Ground
’, a documentary exposing the issue of sexual assaults on US campuses directed by Kirby Dick, followed by a discussion panel with a number of key Union and University representatives, including the Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Allison. This discussion panel will be interactive for those in the audience, as well as students and staff who will be able to watch the panel live online and engage with the discussion via Twitter.
CARAVAN THEATRE, 'CAN'T TOUCH THIS'
Friday 5th Feb | LSU Union Lawn
In addition to this, we will be rounding off the week with the Caravan Theatre on the Union Lawn, between 11am and 4pm, performing their short play
‘Can’t Touch This’
which focuses on sexual harassment and consent. The play will be repeated at several intervals throughout the day and all staff and students are encouraged to come along and watch the play, with the opportunity to speak to the actors and playwright afterwards!
After Consent Week, the Students’ Union and University will be looking ahead to continue increasing awareness, opening discussion and developing long-term policy around consent and safe spaces. Professor Marsha Meskimmon of the SPRIG Network notes, “this is a major initiative for Loughborough, designed to realise the University as an inclusive, yet diverse, community where respect for individuals is central to our policies as well as to our everyday actions”.
Over the coming months, the LSU Executive and LSU’s Women’s Network, working with the Sexual Politics Research Group Network, will be taking the Consent Workshops ‘on tour’ around the Halls of Residence for any student to attend. As well as this, more discussions will be held for students and staff to take part in, especially with regards to developing LSU’s ‘Know the Line’ campaign that was re-launched earlier this year.