Announcement of Expert Panels to Guide the University’s Response to Sexual Violence (PDAD&C #65)

From: Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Date: May 20, 2016
Re: Announcement of Expert Panels to Guide the University’s Response to Sexual Violence (PDAD&C# 65)

Further to my memorandum of April 6, 2016 (Call for Nominations – Expert Panels on the University’s Sexual Violence Response), I am pleased to announce that the following individuals have agreed to serve on the three expert panels tasked with supporting the University’s action plans to prevent and respond to sexual violence:

Expert Panel on Sexual Violence Policies

Mayo Moran (Chair), Professor, Faculty of Law, and Provost, Trinity College
Saagarika Coleman (Undergraduate Student), Victoria College, Faculty of Arts & Science
Lahoma Thomas (Graduate Student), Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts & Science
Mark Overton (Administrative Staff Member), Dean of Student Affairs, and Assistant Principal, Student Services, University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)
Brenda Cossman (Faculty Member), Professor, Faculty of Law, and Director, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

Expert Panel on Education and Prevention of Sexual Violence

Gretchen Kerr (Chair), Professor and Acting Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Manvinder Sahota (Undergraduate Student), St. Michael’s College, Faculty of Arts & Science
Arij Elmi (Graduate Student), Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Liza Arnason (Administrative Staff Member), Director, Department of Student Life, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
Lana Stermac (Faculty Member), Professor, Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Sexual Violence Climate Survey Advisory Board

Sandy Welsh (Chair), Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts & Science, and Vice-Provost, Students
Nasma Ahmed (Undergraduate Student), UTSC
Juhi Sujan (Graduate Student), School of Public Policy and Governance, Faculty of Arts & Science
Michael Nicholson (Administrative Staff Member), Coordinator, Student Academic Progress, Student Life
Janice Du Mont (Faculty Member), Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

The expertise and diversity of these committed individuals and that of professionals in all divisions will strengthen coordinated University processes, education, and understanding of sexual violence on all three campuses. A multi-phase consultation process with students, staff, and faculty will inform the work of the expert panels and the administration at key points in implementing the recommendations of the Presidential and Provostial Advisory Committee on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence. Please read more about the expert panels in the U of T News story published today.

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