Library-GSA Exhibit Launch: #ConsentED, by Eleanor McGrath

Sep 21, 2016 - 7:00 to 8:30
Waterloo campus Library, main floor

Join us for the launch of #ConsentED, by recent Laurier MSW grad Eleanor McGrath!


A joint presentation of the Laurier Library and Graduate Students' Association


Would you be happy with a grade of 57%? Most of us wouldn’t be. But Eleanor McGrath's research showed that this is what adults, under the age of 30, scored on average when asked about facts around sexual consent. With this disheartening statistic in mind, the #ConsentED exhibit is designed to increase viewers' knowledge of sexual consent facts and, more importantly, to start a conversation. So many people in McGrath's study said they did not know how or when, if ever, they learned about sexual consent. #ConsentED brings the facts of consent and sexual assault in an intriguing format, as a place for students, faculty, parents, community members, educators, and leaders to begin the often uncomfortable and difficult conversation about consent.

This exhibit is the third-annual show in an ongoing collaboration between the Library and the GSA designed to highlight the work of Laurier graduate students through compelling exhibitions that promote the work to non-academic audiences.

Eleanor’s bio

Eleanor completed her Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in Spring 2016. Her thesis - “Let’s Talk About (Consensual) Sex!” - explored knowledge and confidence about sexual consent, and the need for better consent education​. She has been recognized for outstanding achievement with a Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, and was the first runner-up in Laurier’s 3-Minute Thesis competition in March 2016 (see the video here).

Currently working for the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo, Eleanor​ ​enjoys building relationships, bridging between sectors and organizations, and making research accessible and useful outside of academia. In her free time, Eleanor is passionate about her work with the Walls to Bridges Collective on transformation in education and prisons at Grand Valley Institution for Women, as well as continuing to advocate for comprehensive, inclusive sexual education and reproductive choice as a member of the Board of Directors for the Sexual Health Options, Resources, and Education (SHORE) Centre.


This event is a presentation of the Library story exchange project. Leveraging the Library’s special role as a pan-university, community-accessible space, the story exchange is a new kind of incubator for storytellers, artists and creative makers in all media, their supporters and fans. Learn more