Mount Allison welcomes Jade Lister as Sexual Violence Response, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant
SACKVILLE, NB — Mount Allison University has welcomed Jade Lister as its Sexual Violence Response, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant (SVREDIC). Lister started in the new role this month.
A registered nurse (RN), Lister holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is currently completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.
“As an RN, I worked in several units, including labour and delivery, psychiatric nursing and emergency,” says Lister. “While that work was rewarding, I am looking forward to being part of the campus community and connecting students, faculty, and staff members to help support them through the process of disclosing and accessing the supports, resources, and accommodations needed.”
“Jade’s combination of education and clinical experience brings specialized expertise and connections to external resources and supports for the Mount Allison University community,” says Anne Comfort, Mount Allison’s Vice-President, International and Student Affairs. “We are pleased to welcome her to the Wellness Centre team in this critical role.”
Lister has joined Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator Dr. Tasia Alexopoulos, who began in the Wellness Centre last year. Working with students and staff members, the pair have worked to bring additional services and supports to the campus community including new procedures around reporting incidents on campus and connecting individuals to internal and external services and supports.
“I work with individuals to explain the official complaints pathways and processes, helping people navigate systems and resources and co-ordinating any services needed, whether it’s counselling and health services, academic or housing accommodations, or connecting with legal support and other services,” says Lister. “I want the Mount Allison community — students and employees – to know that I am here to help. My office is safe, there’s no judgement. I will do everything I can to assist members of the University community.”
Lister is also the staff member who confidentially receives any disclosures made by Mount Allison students or employees on the REES (Respect Educate Empower Survivors) platform.
Along with supporting the campus community around sexual violence response and prevention, Lister serves as a student advocate for anti-racism, issues of accessibility, religious discrimination, etc. on campus. Individuals seeking more information or to express concerns of this nature on campus can reach out to Lister directly.
While an important contact to university and community resources, Lister is not an emergency services contact. Individuals in distress should call 911, the mobile crisis unit, or present at the hospital.
Updated procedures around how to disclose or file a complaint at Mount Allison can be found at: https://mta.ca/current-students/health-and-wellness/sexualized-violence-services/reporting-sexual-violence
Lister’s office is in the Wellness Centre, ground floor of the Wallace McCain Student Centre. University students and staff can connect with her via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an appointment or if they have questions.
On Friday, Sept. 23 between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Lister, along with Student Development Counsellors Renee Carew and Jess Griffin, will hold a Meet and Greet for students and staff in Gracie’s Café on campus. All are welcome.