What does your week usually involve in regards to work?
Research, sharing information on social media, answering student questions about sexual health, & community outreach/relationship building
What do you like the most about your job?
I love the research & writing as well as the creativity of sharing content in various ways on social media. If we weren’t in a pandemic right now – I’m sure I’d love planning & promoting events for students to learn more about sexual health
What do you like most about working at URSU?
I love the team – everyone is really committed to their job, the students, and are passionate about the work they do. I love the open-mindedness & the great conversations we have.
What are the biggest challenges or obstacles?
Right now the biggest challenge is not being able to be at the office or at the University and having to do everything online. Definitely feeling the Zoom fatigue these days.
How does your work benefit the students of the University of Regina and its Federated Colleges? How does it benefit the community?
Sexuality is an important part of our overall emotional, physical, spiritual & social wellbeing – having a place to learn about sexuality in a positive & non-judgemental way allows students to explore this part of their lives. When students get accurate research-based sexual health education it helps them to have better, more fulfilling sexual encounters, as well as better communication and better boundaries in relationships. Sexual health education has also been shown to reduce the number of incidents of unwanted sexual behaviours, in Canada, 71% of post-secondary students experience or witness unwanted sexual behaviours during their time in University.
What have you learned during your time working with URSU?
I’ve learned a lot about how to bring an intersectional feminist framework to sexual health education. Being focused on diversity, equity & inclusion has shown me how to unpack my own biases in order to create content that addresses the sexual health needs of students with diverse backgrounds. This has been, and will continue to be, a process of learning & unlearning that I’m committed to doing for as long as inequality & injustice continue to exist within systems & institutions – including the University.