Active Bystander Facilitators
Why did you choose to become an Active Bystander Facilitator?
I became an Active Bystander Facilitator because I would like to take advantage of my current role in my community to inspire and empower my fellow students to promote a safe, inclusive and consensual space for one another.
To educate and empower our community, so we can think better, know better, and be better.
I wanted to be an Active Bystander Facilitator because I wanted to educate myself and my community. Being a part of different clubs and aspects of Schulich, there are many opportunities to influence students around me and so when I see any opportunity to fill my gaps of knowledge, I want to ensure I take advantage of it so that I can help our student body understand bigger issues that inevitably affect them too.
Honours Bachelors of Arts: Psychology
I chose to become an Active Bystander Facilitator because I want my life's work to empower, support and advocate for the well-being of survivors - this opportunity is an active step in that direction. I am eager to contribute to the awareness and education of consent culture; to spark tough conversations, and to encourage safe spaces to unlearn and relearn.
I became an Active Bystander Facilitator because of my passion to give back the community at York University and to help in making all york campuses a safe and understanding place.
Master of Education
As an educator, I feel that it’s my responsibility to provide safe spaces for people to thrive and learn to their full potential. I’m an advocate for sexual health and consensual education and I want to work towards creating an inclusive setting for people to explore, connect, and heal. I feel honoured to be a part of this community and I hope to inspire others to begin conversations about sexual violence, become active bystanders, and increase awareness wherever they go. I’m here to listen, support, and occasionally make a pun joke!
I want folks to know that the more we can empower each other the stronger our community is. I hope you know how resilient you are and remember that progress is not linear. Sexual violence happens everywhere everyday and the more educated we are the safer our spaces can become.
Biomedical sciences major, Psychology minor
I became an active bystander due to the lived experiences I have faced. I’m passionate about this work, and educating myself and others on this topic. I truly believe in the power of knowledge, and feel as though I need to do my part, and give back to the community.
BA Political Science
I became an Active Bystander Facilitator to empower the strong leaders with whom I share spaces with, to become responsible leaders. I want to inspire progress in how we understand the idea of respecting one another. The program allows for all leaders to learn and unlearn from one another as we all grow as individual leaders.
Assaulted Women and Children's Counsellor & Advocate
Having done the Active Bystander Programming in years past, I look forward to this important piece of Orientation every year. I am so proud to be a part of a movement that pushes for justice and safety, that aims for a community of care at York and beyond.
I chose to become a Peer Supporter and Active Bystander because I feel as individual everyone deserves a safe place. Free from any kind of sexual harassment, violence, and acts or any forms of oppression. As a Peer Supporter and Active Bystander I want to be able to help educate and learn how to help other individuals to heal, learn about the various harmful acts which can inhibit any individual from feeing safe. I want to be able to help educate people that any degree of unwanted sexual attention, assault, or harassment, regardless of how small and harmless it may seem, can impact an individuals life negatively and the people around them. I want to be able to help educate, heal, and support any individual who chooses to seek help and support in an non-judgmental and safe space!
Being apart of The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support, and Education is an amazing way to be involved in the YorkU community. It’s a way to challenge, learn, and unlearn different elements on sexual violence, harassment, acts, and oppression as a whole. It’s a wonderful organization that does so much for individuals and survivors who choose to seek help!
I chose to become a member of the Peer Support Team and an active bystander at The Centre to help York University community be safe and free from any form of sexual violence. Raising awareness on sexual violence is the key I believe to reduce/ eliminate this type of act. I want to put all my effort into supporting The Centre because I believe in their message and services. I am here to support York University members non- judgmentally while maintaining their confidentiality.
This is a great opportunity for you to learn so many skills, help York University community be safe from sexual violence, and meet our incredibly committed members.
Hillary Di Menna
Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies
Whether it is through my writing, offering court support, or acting as a public speaker, I use my experiences as a survivor, as well as what I have learned along the way, to help eradicate rape culture. Once rape culture is destroyed I can focus all of my energy on cuddling kittens.
Theatre Production & Design
I chose to be an Active Bystander Facilitator so that I can continue to advocate for those who may not be heard within our community.
To educate others about Sexual Violence and its pervasiveness in our society. In life, we are all active By-Standers, who need to speak out against sexual violence. The only way to change a violent culture and negative attitudes is not to perpetuate them.
Moboluwajidide (Bo) Joseph
Bo decided to become an Active Bystander Facilitator because he felt it would help enhance how he approached work on the Male Identified Group. He is also passionate about the work the Centre does and wishes to support its efforts in the York community.
Noreen Anne Cauley
Master in Environmental Studies
I could write you a thesis! I want to contribute to a world where we care for each other. Being an active bystander means we put our care into action and feel empowered to intervene when we witness behaviours and/or comments that are hurtful and harmful.
I wanted to be an Active Bystander Facilitator because I see the importance of being aware of Sexual Violence. I want to be able to further educate others to know what to look out for and to gain the confidence to place themselves in a situation where they can assist someone in need and even prevent themselves from being harmed.
Priyanka Elena Sawhney
Sexual violence can happen to anybody regardless of their sex, gender, orientation, and culture. I want to do my best in raising awareness, providing support, and educating individuals about this very important issue that often gets pushed under the rug. Topics such as pleasure and consent are very misleading. The absence of this in our education system has a dire affect on the norm that is rape culture. It is more than important now to be a part of this change through any means possible. We get to make the community safer, educated, and stronger, so the next generation does not struggle.
If you are passionate about human rights then you should definitely join The Centre. We provide a lot of services and support for individuals who seek it. In addition, we hold workshops and events about sexual violence and harassment, consent, sexuality, pleasure, self care, and much more. You get to be involved in this great movement of justice and equality while making healthy relationships with a variety of individuals. You have the ability to make a difference, even if it’s just one life.
At a time where women have broken out of their once quiet, fearful state and are bravely voicing out their thoughts and experiences, there couldn’t be a more perfect example to contribute to our community and I encourage others to do so as well. It’s not just for women but for anyone who felt vulnerable. By empathizing and giving the right kind of support and motivation we can definitely create a safer and more peaceful community at York.
I strongly believe that as individuals, we are all capable of creating social change. The first step to doing that is acknowledging that power and engaging in the work necessary to dismantle various systems that often work against us.
Masters of Social Work
I am passionate about many social justice issues, but sexual violence holds exceptional importance in the community work that I do. Supporting individuals through the often uncomfortable process of learning and unlearning is a vital step in eradicating rape culture. I am honoured to take part in this community effort, and I hope to inspire others to join us in fighting the good fight.
I am this years Vice-President Campaigns & Advocacy for the York Federation of Students, your central undergraduate students union. I became an Active Bystander because I want to contribute to a world in which everyone feels safe and protected and people are comfortable intervening in situations that target people. As part of the Male Identified Group, I also advocate on behalf of male survivors, recognizing that sexual violence isn’t gendered - it affects everyone, and everyone plays a role in preventing it.
We all have a shared responsibility to combat sexual violence on and off campus, and I want to help students learn exactly how they can do that. I chose to become an Active Bystander Facilitator to increase education and awareness among York students on what sexual violence is, how we can prevent it, and what resources students can access. I want to encourage others to be fearless advocates that stand with survivors of sexual violence and work to create a safe, justice-oriented campus.
Outreach Coordinator, Kinesiology BSc.
Even though the topic of Sexual Violence is gaining more awareness, I want to express the passion I have throughout Sexual Violence as there is more work that needs to be done. Many are desensitized to the topic of Sexual Violence due to being exposed to media, pornography, and stereotypes which make such behaviours be considered as the norm; however, as we continue to help guide and enlighten our community, I am optimistic that York University will be a more warm, secure setting. This impacts everyone’s lives, whether directly or indirectly, and it is crucial for students and staff to acknowledge the positive influence they can have on one another, and that it is safe to come forward if needed.
Being a Peer Supporter means we can help educate as many people as we can in regards to the various classifications of oppression that exist. Sexual Violence includes numerous subtopics that many people are not aware of, and this is a great opportunity help inform them and help this community be a rich learning, safe space.