#ConsentED exhibit challenges knowledge of Canadian consent law

The Wilfrid Laurier University Library and the Graduate Students’ Association(GSA) are pleased to announce the official opening of #ConsentED, showcasing the work of a former Master of Social Work student, Eleanor McGrath.

The opening reception takes place Wednesday September 21st at 7 p.m. on the main floor of Laurier’s Waterloo campus Library. The exhibit runs until December 21st.

The #ConsentED exhibit brings the facts about 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.

“Taking my primary research and turning it into a vibrant, critical campaign that can be used in both Post-Secondary Education and Secondary Education has been a researcher’s dream,” said McGrath. “The ability to articulate my academic work in a way that will reach the general public has been transformative.”

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. She dreams of better education for everyone on sexual consent and a day where we can truly say we have changed the culture around sexual assault and sexual 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.