MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Teaching Affirmative Consent
Introductory: New to topic / subject matter
Social Justice, Activism & Allyship from the Classroom to the Community
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Anna G. R. Miller, French Teacher; Upper School Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, Tower Hill School
The #MeToo era has brought to light the pressing need for change regarding how we think and talk about the intersection of power and desire. In this session, we will answer questions including: What does affirmative consent mean, and how is it different from "no means no"? How can we get our students thinking critically about what affirmative consent might look like in their own lives? The session will begin with an introductory discussion of the concept of affirmative consent and then move into a demo version of the workshop we're using to educate our Upper School students. The session aims to empower educators to help students better understand and effectively apply concepts of consent to a variety of social situations, with the larger goal of teaching the utility of establishing clear, healthy boundaries.
This session is relevant to DEI work in its focus on activism and social justice work aimed at creating more equitable, respectful relationships between individuals. We live in a society that is going through a massive culture shift. #MeToo, the Brett Kavanaugh appointment hearings, and countless news stories and articles have identified the critical importance of education about boundaries and consent as not just abstract concepts but fundamentals of respectful, mutually rewarding social interaction.
Participants will leave with a better understanding of key concepts, practical examples of how to apply these concepts, and training in an affirmative consent workshop for students that they could then lead at their home institution.
Dr. Anna G. R. Miller
is a French teacher and the Upper School Equity and Inclusion Coordinator at Tower Hill School (Wilmington, DE). As part of her Social Justice Programming work, she leads a workshop that she developed for educating students about affirmative consent.
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