Building A Culture Of Sexual Consent: Policy Expectations vs. Practical Realities
Sexual consent "feels" defined, but in the intimate lived experiences of students (and the rest of us), it is very murky and varies widely across identities and other factors. How are we to build students' capacities for sexual agency, or investigate allegations of misconduct when we don't understand much about how consent is defined, communicated and negotiated behind closed doors? The speakers will share findings and implications from their groundbreaking study about how college students navigate their amorous sexual beliefs and experiences. Results demonstrate that implicit assumptions, underlying laws, policies and programs do not match lived experiences when it comes to consent. In this webinar, the speakers will share and discuss this research and implications for untangling the issues and supporting students' development and agency when working with peers.
- Understand conflicts between legal/policy expectations and intimate experiences of students' amorous and sexual encounters
- Study variations in social and sexual conventions across diverse identities
- Learn foundational information useful for engaging students in reflections about their social/sexual experiences in college
- Receive overview of provocative yet critical issues and students' beliefs about sexual consent
- Generate practical approaches for building students' capacity for empowered sexual consent or refusal
- Student Services/Affairs
- Title IX
- Human Resources
- Health & Wellness Educators
- Gender/Sexuality Centers
- Code Of Conduct Officers
- Student Life
- Anyone interested in understanding sexual consent among college students
"The idea of affirmative consent has resulted in progressive advancement of college policies, but just because you make it clearer what we expect in terms of consent from a legal or policy standpoint, that doesn’t change the fact that people are challenged in their ability to meet those expectations."
Dr. Jason Laker is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership (and former Vice President for Student Affairs) at San Jose State University in California, USA. His current research, with Co-Investigator Dr. Erica Boas, focuses on how college students develop and understand their sexuality, and their lived experiences of consent communication and negotiation in intimate settings. Erica and Jason are also Affiliated Research Faculty at the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality at San Francisco State University. Jason previously served as Associate VP & Dean of Student Affairs, Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Democracy, and on the Gender Studies Faculty at Queen’s University in Canada. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education, where he also served as Director of Business Programs and Workforce Development. Dr. Laker also holds a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling. His international activities include engagements as board member, visiting faculty, consultant or speaker, particularly in Europe, and he has served on the ETF International Expertise Editorial Advisory Board since 2009. His scholarly work includes four edited texts, one each in the U.S. and Canada, regarding gender and men’s development; and two with Palgrave Macmillan UK in 2014: Citizenship, Democracy and Higher Education in Europe, Canada, and the U.S., and Civic Pedagogies in Higher Education: Teaching for Democracy in Europe, Canada, and the U.S.
Dr. Erica Misako Boas is a former elementary school teacher, mother of a three year old, and a scholar of sexuality and education. She teaches in the Child Studies Program at Santa Clara University and in the Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at San Jose State University. She studies articulations of sexuality and race in institutions of schooling and their function in the social organization of human lives with a focus on K-5 education. Since 2012 she has Co-Principal Investigator on a research project entitled Consent Stories (with Dr. J. Laker), which explores the ways in which college students experience, negotiate, and understand sexual consent. The overarching objective of her research is to inform new approaches toward the elimination of sexual violence in and out of schools. This interest is inspired by five years of teaching at San Francisco Bay Area public elementary schools and an on-going interest in exploring public schooling’s potential in effecting personal and social transformations. Erica Boas received her Ph.D. from the Social and Cultural Studies Program in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California at Berkeley where she also completed a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality. Selections of her published scholarship can be found in the journal Sex Education and the edited volume Sexualities and Education. She has a forthcoming article in the CATESOL Journal.
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