2018 Sexual Respect Initiative Workshops

Choose from workshops at your school, and/or open workshops with students from across our University community. Register early to guarantee your spot! 

The Art and Science of Flirting - All Students Welcome

This interactive, research-based workshop helps decipher the sometimes confusing communication that is “flirting.” Increase your confidence and ability to flirt respectfully and effectively (in person and online) through discussion, media analysis and skill building with Dr. Jane Bogart, Ed.D., CUIMC’s Director of the Center for Student Wellness.

Consent and Incapacitation - All Students Welcome

Drugs and alcohol often play a role in gender-based misconduct allegations on campuses. Learn more about incapacitation, the effect alcohol and drugs can have on an investigation, the relevant Columbia policies, how to ensure you and your partner(s) are able to consent, and more. Led by Columbia’s Title IX Coordinator Marjy Fisher.

Crazy Love

Leslie Morgan Steiner was "crazy in love" with a man who abused and threatened her. Her Ted Talk tells the story of her relationship, corrects misconceptions about domestic violence victims, and explains how others can help. Following the video, discuss reactions, common assumptions and ways to support someone experiencing relationship abuse. Led by Columbia Health's Sexual Violence Response.

Escalation by One Love Foundation

Join a film and discussion on recognizing the warning signs of relationship abuse and intimate partner violence, based on a real-life story and murder. The film depicts the volatile progression of a college-aged couple’s relationship; facilitators will share effective strategies for intervening and seeking help. Led by One Love Foundation.

Gibney Dance: Hands are for Holding

Choreographed dance by Gibney Dance Company and audience discussion facilitated by Columbia Health's Sexual Violence Response (SVR) demonstrate the importance of active and open communication, physical and emotional boundaries, acting as an upstander instead of a bystander, and the role of the community in recognizing and addressing violence. Part of Relationship Violence Awareness Month.

Islamic Sex Ed

What does the Quran really say about sex? How can Muslims create safe spaces to have these sometimes difficult but essential conversations in our own communities? Join a discussion with Imam Suhaib Webb, including a general session and breakout sessions for men and women. Presented by the Office of the University Chaplain.

On-Campus Resources for Help and Reporting: EOAA, Student Conduct, Title IX - All Students Welcome

Meet staff from The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Student Conduct and Community Standards, and Columbia’s Title IX Coordinator for a group discussion about sexual respect, current climate and how Columbia responds to policy violations. Includes navigating related issues in life and the workplace.

The Power of Bystanders

This workshop introduces bystander intervention through the lens of sexual assault, rape, intimate partner violence and stalking. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how they would utilize bystander intervention in all of those situations. Led by Columbia Health's Sexual Violence Response.

The Power of Us

Stanford University sociologist Marianne Cooper shares research about the root causes of sexual harassment and what each of us can do to prevent it, hold abusers accountable and give voice to the voiceless. Following the TEDx video, participants discuss the causes of sexual harassment and ways to influence lasting change. Led by Columbia Health's Sexual Violence Response.

Re-evaluating Masculinity

This workshop, open to students of all gender identities, will explore ways that gender norms of masculinity can perpetuate a culture of violence. The workshop will also provide tools to help men cultivate a culture of consent. Led by Columbia Health's Sexual Violence Response

RelationShorts - All Students Welcome

Using short films and television clips, RelationShorts helps you identify effective and accessible communication methods relating to sexual relationships and explores barriers to successful communication and negotiation regarding sexual wants and needs. Presented by Columbia Health’s Sexual Violence Response (SVR), as part of Relationship Violence Awareness Month.

Sexual Harassment - On Campus, and in the Workplace

Join a discussion about sexual harassment on- and off-campus -- what constitutes sexual harassment as students and after you leave Columbia. Led by Columbia’s Title IX Coordinator Marjy Fisher.

Speaking Up - All Students Welcome

When it comes to sex, many people have trouble communicating what they want and don’t want. This workshop is about being assertive in perplexing circumstances, with strategies for speaking up and learning to express yourself with comfort, clarity and force for satisfying and safe sexual experiences. Led by Columbia Health's Counseling and Psychological Services.

Supporting Survivors - What Can I Do?

Nervous about supporting someone who has experienced sexual violence? Not sure what “support” should look like? In this workshop, participants will be introduced to common trauma responses of survivors, learn about peer help, and how to recognize and overcome common anxieties and obstacles about responding. Led by Columbia Health's Sexual Violence Response.

Title IX 101 - All Students Welcome

Join Columbia's Title IX Coordinator Marjy Fisher to learn more about Columbia University policy, state and federal laws, and the link to sexual respect.

The Truth About Unwanted Arousal

Sex educator Emily Nagoski breaks down the science behind arousal nonconcordance: the disconnect between physical response and pleasure and desire. This Ted talk contains mature content. Participants will discuss arousal nonconcordance’s connection to sexual violence, and how dangerous myths about sex influence society’s understanding of and response to sexual violence. Led by Columbia Health's Sexual Violence Response.

Unhealthy Relationships

A BuzzFeed video tells the story of two women in a relationship, one of whom engages in several behaviors that are difficult to recognize as abusive. Following the video, participants will discuss the subtleties of warning signs of abuse and the challenges of supporting a friend. Led by Columbia Health's Sexual Violence Response.

School of the Arts Students - The Gray Area: A Discussion

The artistic process, creating and collaborating can be fraught with struggle, and "gray area" conversations present issues, pause, and may even distract from goals. Join a 75-minute interactive discussion among School of the Arts students to promote self-awareness and open communication around identifying and addressing personal conflict during a collaborative process.

SIPA students - Gender 101

What are gender and gender identity, and what is the difference between gender identity and sexuality? How does gender play a role in policymaking, and what is gender-based violence? No question is too basic or taboo – get your questions answered in this student-led panel, brought to you by the School of International and Public Affairs' Gender Policy Working Group (GPWG). Lunch served.

SIPA students - Toxic Masculinity & Combating Gender-Based Violence

What is masculinity versus toxic masculinity, and what ties does the latter have to gender-based violence? General discussion led by a gender-based violence specialist, followed by break-out groups where participants can share experiences and learnings. Brought to you by the School of International and Public Affairs' Gender Policy Working Group (GPWG). 

Impact, Accountability

Help initiate campus cultural shifts with humility by taking ownership of oversights. Facilitators will provide concrete techniques and scenarios on accountability and apologizing, and aim to highlight where accountability is most needed at Columbia to ensure the impact of student action. Led by Columbia Health's Sexual Violence Response.

Beyond 50 Shades: Kink & Consent

This workshop introduces the basic concepts of kink and shares how to practice healthy consent and build boundaries. Facilitators will introduce best practices from kink that can be incorporated into any sexual relationship which celebrates healthy sex, sexuality and consensual empathetic pleasure. Led by Columbia Health's Sexual Violence Response.