MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Developing Healthy Sexuality in the #MeToo Era
Introductory: new to topic / subject matter
Building Capacity: Skills, Competencies, & Processes for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Round 2 only
Al Vernacchio, N-12 Sexuality Education Coordinator, Friends' Central School
Thanks to the #MeToo Movement, our society has become reawakened to the pervasive nature of sexual violence and the absolute necessity of consent in all interactions. Educators may feel especially anxious when thinking about their students navigating the world of unfiltered social media, parties, dating and relationships, and how that makes its way into the classroom. Schools may also be places where sexual violence can happen. How do we empower young people to be proactive in recognizing unhealthy situations and to be upstanders who protect themselves and their friends from falling into these problems?
Sexism, misogyny, and toxic masculinity are pervasive in our country, and seem to be on the increase given our present political climate. Gender equity is essential to freeing women, men, and those who do not fit into the gender binary from the restrictive stereotypes that are still so powerful in everyday life. Examining the #MeToo movement and the essentials of "everyday consent" can help create greater gender equity for all in a school community.
Participants will be able to:
define sexual violence and name some examples of it that may take place in their school communities
name at least one unexamined expectation in their school community that may make sexual violence possible
give an example of how sexuality, language or identity can be used to promote gender equity
explain the concept of "everyday consent" and its use in reducing sexual violence
is the N-12 Sexuality Education Coordinator at Friends' Central. He has lectured, published articles, and offered workshops throughout the country. His work has been featured in "Teaching Good Sex," a cover story in
The New York Times Magazine
. Al has given four TED Talks, and has appeared on national programs such as NPR's "Morning Edition". He is the author of
For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Young People About Sexuality, Values, and Health
Al Vernacchio is also presenting
Sex and Gender 101: Who's Who and What's What?
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