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Get to know: SHARE

15 Aug 2016

Staff, students busy preparing for events, awareness campaigns for upcoming academic year

SHARE Intern Shannon PowerShannon Power, a third-year international relations and women’s and gender studies student, is spending her summer on campus as the student intern with SHARE, Mount Allison’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education Service. SHARE is a 24/7 service at Mount Allison, offering advice and support services to students, faculty, and staff who have experienced sexual violence.

Power has been involved as a volunteer peer educator with SHARE since her first year and is happy to be working on plans for activities, events, and awareness campaigns for the upcoming school year.

“I’m excited to be part of SHARE and its projects in this role. It is an important service on campus and it’s great to be so directly involved in this work,” she says. “As a women’s and gender studies student, I study a lot of the issues the SHARE program works to address. It’s something I’ve cared about for a long time.”

Melody Petlock, the University’s SHARE advisor, has overseen the Mount Allison service for over 18 years. She says this year in particular is an important one for SHARE with the launch of a new University-wide sexual violence prevention and response policy, which was adopted this spring.

“The new sexual violence prevention and response policy is survivor-focused and trauma informed. It commits to education, prevention, and training with clearly defined roles and responsibilities,” says Petlock. “Education around this new policy is key, so Shannon and I - along with many other staff, faculty, and students - will strive to provide training and information to the entire campus community.”

Along with education and awareness related to the new policy, SHARE will be working on a number of other initiatives, including: facilitating student, faculty, and staff training on campus with the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre and other community services; residence staff and leader training; and connecting with key groups and organizations on campus such as the Orientation committee, the President’s Advisory Committee on Women’s and Gender Issues, Indigenous Support Services and student groups.

“For Orientation this year we will be welcoming a speaker from Halifax’s Venus Envy as well as giving presentations in residences throughout the school year, tailored to specific topics brought up in residence,” says Power. “We’ll also be partnering with Doreen Richard and the Indigenous Support Group to organize another REDress campaign to raise awareness around murdered and missing Indigenous women in Canada as well as organizing the annual Dec. 6 vigil in memory of the 1989 events in Montreal.”

SHARE is a pan-university service operating out of the Student Affairs Department and located in the University’s Wellness Centre (ground floor, Wallace McCain Student Centre). SHARE provides 24/7 advice and support (call or text 506-540-7427, share@mta.ca). To learn more about SHARE visit mta.ca/share or find them on Facebook: facebook.com/sharemta

 

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