The Centre will be hosting events/workshops throughout the year and we hope to engage and connect with our community. If you are interested in having us at an event, please feel free to email us at

Current Events:

Board Game Breather


Come visit the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education for a Board Game Breather. This event is to support our students, staff and faculty unwind, de-stress from exams and connect with others. All are welcome!
Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
Location: 301 York Lanes
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence:

We are HERE for you- You Are Not Alone

Offered through the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education


301 York Lanes


Winter term dates upcoming. 

*Register by contacting the Centre at 416-736-5211 or 

Please see a list of events/outreach tabling we will be hosting or present at throughout the year. Please contact the Centre regarding these Programs for further information.

  • Ongoing Campus Tabling Events
  • Ongoing Active Bystander Trainings
  • Ongoing presentations in the York Community

Past Events:

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

Join us and take action against gender-based violence. Participate in one of many community events across campus focused on inspiring and educating the community, while honouring the 14 victims of the École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal. Learn more about the community events and the history behind this cause.

Trans Awareness Week Speaker

“When We Are Visible” with Stef Sanjati

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: ACW 205

  • Please email for any accessibility needs.

Growing up as a transgender woman in a small town and then launching into a career in entertainment and YouTube as a teenager, Stef Sanjati (Twitter, Instagram) discusses the role childhood trauma played in her career choice and perception of success, as well as the nature of the influencer industry and how it can affect the people inside of it who are most visible. This is a talk on isolation, fear, violence, self-image, coping, healing and solutions. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and meet and greet.

Stef Sanjati is a digital creator who, with her YouTube channel, has navigated all genres of content for over a decade, evolving with the platform. In this ever-changing digital media landscape, she strives to remind both viewers and creators to remain grounded and understand they have value beyond internet fame.

Her most popular content includes informative series about being transgender (both for the community and allies) and stories about her experience with her genetic mutation, Waardenburg Syndrome. Now, she is trying to revive the old way of creating, highlighting improvisation, community, and laughter, while challenging how limiting modern beauty standards can be and encouraging her audience to treat themselves with compassion, kindness, and care.

Keep up with her on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter!

Restorative Approaches to Sexual Violence on Campus: Exploring the Issues

Panelists: Dr. Lori Haskell, Melanie Randall & Jennifer Llewellyn

Friday, November 1
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.
Location: Accolade West, Rm 205
Moderated By: Nneka MacGregor, LL.B.

Panel Discussion Details

Self-Care is not Selfish Series: Belly Dancing Class with Shaila-First date: Thursday October 18, 2018 5pm to 6:15pm and Second date: Thursday November 8 12pm to 1pm (201 Accolade East). This workshop focuses on key foundational movement practices inherent in belly dance traditions that are designed for resourcing and self-soothing tools for stress and anxiety. This trauma-informed workshop series is designed to explore a safer space for self-exploration around the pleasure of movement. Through belly dance framework it can be used as mindful tool to help us quieten the mind through gentle wave-work allowing an inner exploration and self-discovery.

Self-Care is not Selfish Series: Art Therapy Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence Monday October 15, and every following Monday for 8 weeks until Monday December 3, 2018. The Art Therapy program explores the impact of trauma and inner strength/resiliency, through a combination of artistic expression and group discussion.

Come As You Are:
Event Date: Wednesday June 20 2018
Time: 12pm-2pm
Location: 109 Atkinson College

The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education and the Office of Student Community Relations held an event for Pride 2018. The mandate of our office is to continue to raise awareness and provide educational opportunities for our community members. This year, we were proud to host two wonderful speakers. Haran Vijayanathan will be providing a key note message about the importance of culturally sensitive services and appropriate educational awareness programs, while Anna Penner will be conducting a workshop on Queering Sexual Education.

Keynote Speaker: Haran Vijayanathan – Executive Director, Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention

Keynote Description:
Sexuality, Sexual Health, Sexual Orientation, gender identities are hard discussions in mainstream communities. It is that much harder within the South Asian and Middle Eastern communities. The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention strives to ensure that we have culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate educational and awareness raising programs to encourage community to have these conversations framed in "healthy relationships". Discussions on consent, sexual orientation, gender identities, sexual health are all discussed and we aim to not only have conversations with the young folks, but also the parents and community as a whole. We feel strongly that to have meaningful change, we need to ensure we build bridges between generations in order to have healthy communities.

Workshop Speaker: Anna Penner – Coordinator, LGBTQ* Youth Initiative Planned Parenthood Toronto

Workshop Description:
For the past six years, staff and youth volunteers at Planned Parenthood Toronto have been working to create inclusive, accessible, sex education resources for LGBTQ2S youth. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to discuss what it means to queer sex education. What are the barriers to good sexual health? What topics does sex education need to encompass? How can we meet the needs of young people who inhabit a wide range of identities and experiences? What does healthy sexuality look like within LGBTQ2S communities?