Programs, Training Sessions & Events

    Wellness and Equity Education offers a variety of programs, training sessions and events to help students thrive. Check back often to see what's happening and to see how you can get involved!

    Gender-Based and Sexual Violence (GBSV)

    To reshape a culture that normalizes and perpetuates gender-based and sexual violence, our education and training is approached from an intersectional, sex-positive, evidence-informed, contextual, and collaborative point of view. Find out how we can support you by exploring the various knowledge- and skills-based educational programs and training below. 

    Professional Development (PD) Workshops

    Our Gender-Based Violence Prevention Education Coordinators recognize the importance of tailored programming based on the needs of students, staff, and faculty across the University ecosystem. We facilitate custom-tailored PD Workshops on a per request basis to fit the needs of the campus community. Please contact us at if you are interested in discussing tailored programming.

    Upstander Training

    By participating in this program, students learn about the impacts of gender-based and sexual violence on individuals and communities and learn how to safely apply Upstander intervention skills to intervene in situations of gender-based and sexual violence.

    GBSV Response and Prevention Training for Students

    This hour-long online training module is designed to give first-year residence students a foundational understanding of gender-based and sexual violence as a societal issue and its impact on our community.

    Topics include:

    • discussion around rape culture
    • drug-facilitated sexual assault
    • consent and sexual coercion
    • desire and pleasure
    • Western's Policy on Gender-Based and Sexual Violence

    By participating, students will learn supportive ways to identify and respond to gender-based and sexual violence disclosures and know how to access support and resources.

    This online training is further supplemented by an in-person, skill-building component titled "Undressing Consent: A Pleasurable Approach to Learning About Consent, Rejection, and Sexual Violence", where students have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on consent, sexual violence, sexuality, and its impact on our community.


    A five-session discussion group designed for male-identifying students to help them find their voice and use it to create change for themselves and their community. Find out more about Man|Made.

    Pre-Departure/Post Experience Training

    Offered through Western International, International Pre-Departure and Post-Experience is an online training designed for all Western students participating in University sanctioned international experiences. The Gender Norms and Sexual Violence module of this training is intended to create awareness, critical thinking, and discussion around cultural gender norms and how these can contribute to the perpetuation of sexual violence. This online training can further be supplemented by an in-person, skill-building component where students have the opportunity to explore gender norms, consent, and bystander interventions in greater depth.

    Training for Varsity Athletes

    Gender-Based and Sexual Violence Training for Varsity Athletes

    Student athletes have an important role in the community, on and off campus, as role models and leaders to peers, fellow students, and community members. By participating in this program, student athletes will have the opportunity to develop increased knowledge around the foundational concepts relating to GBSV and how their actions, words and behaviours can impact others; develop essential leadership skills in how to stand up against GBSV; and to demonstrate what it means to be an active role model to the University community around the issues of GBSV both on campus and in the wider community.

    ReShaping Locker Room Talk

    Different from structured training on gender-based and sexual violence, this program facilitates ongoing discussion that engages student athletes in exploring topics vital to them as they relate to gender-based and sexual violence. The discussion opens up space for honest dialogue and planning on how they can reshape locker room talk and its environment to create safer spaces and prevent gender-based and sexual violence.

    Training for Teaching Assistants

    Teaching Assistant Gender-Based and Sexual Violence Training

    Teaching assistants have a unique role within the University community, as both a student and a member of the staff. This training is designed to educate teaching assistants on how to navigate and handle disclosures as both a peer and instructor, Western's Policy on Gender-Based and Sexual Violence and Notification of Disclosure Protocol, and where to access supports and resources.

    Training for Faculty, Staff, and Student Leaders

    Gender-Based and Sexual Violence Disclosure Training

    This training is designed to educate faculty, staff, and student leaders on Western's Policy on Gender-Based and Sexual Violence and Notification of Disclosure Protocol and their roles and responsibilities for receiving and reporting a disclosure.

    ReShape Series 

    A list of past ReShape programming.

    ReShape Week 2022

    ReShape Week ran March 14-17, 2022, offering a series of educational GBSV programming to further the ongoing educational and preventative efforts on campus.

    Pleasure is Power Keynote by Madame Gandhi

    As part of Madame Gandhi’s mission towards gender equality, this presentation addresses consent, sex positivity, creating safe spaces, and how we can all work together to shift the culture. 

    Check out the full-length video here.

    Pleasure on a Plate with Bal Arneson

    When we think of a flavor, what comes to mind is usually its distinctive qualities: the singular “coffeeness” of coffee. That is, a mix of tastes, aromas, mouthfeel, and temperature. But that’s really only half the equation. The other is how that coffee makes you feel. You sip it not just to fill your stomach, or even to wake up, but to get a little pleasure and satisfaction. Pleasure is what animates eating and drinking and makes them truly gratifying.

    Check out these short videos developed by Bal Arneson, highlighting the multisensory experiences of using spices and other ingredients in cooking to increase sensations of pleasure: Roti, Lentils, Golden Milk, Citrus Ginger Tea, and Quinoa.

    Wellness Education

    Check out the programming we offer to help support your wellness and well-being during your experience at Western. 

    Recovery College

    Western University and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences are collaborating to establish a Recovery College at Western University to enhance mental health support for students. To learn more, visit this page.

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) education and training sessions aim to create space and opportunity for conversation, learning and exchange. Most of our educational programs are interactive and synchronous (live sessions). Other sessions are available asynchronously upon request.

    Community of Care Sessions

    A list of the upcoming Community of Care Sessions for 2022.

    There are currently no EDI workshops scheduled.

    EDI Workshops and Events

    A list of EDI workshops for Staff, Faculty, and/or Students.

    There are currently no EDI workshops scheduled.

    Training Sessions

    A list of the additional EDI Training available. 

    Bias Training

    This Bias Training is designed to help self-expose our individual unconscious biases, confirmation biases, and perceptions that are directly tied to micro-aggressions. This training will provide tools to adjust automatic patterns of thinking and ultimately work towards eliminating internal discriminatory behaviors.

    Ally-ship Training

    This ally-ship training positions people of all identities to successfully undertake allyship at home, in student leadership roles, in social settings, and beyond. By highlighting the stakes of ally-ship, as well as practical tools to achieve it, this training will empower everyone to practice ally-ship as a means of fostering healthy and inclusive environments for all.

    Anti-Racism Training

    This training explores the historical roots of racism and helps you understand the impacts of racism on an individual, institutional, and societal level. This training will provide everyone with tools for dealing with racism while examining how we continue to contribute toward systemic racism across the different aspects of our lives. This training session will encourage you to build upon your existing experiences and knowledge, and find personal and professional applications in your various roles as a student, student leader, or student staff member.

    Anti-Oppression Training

    This training allows students to understand power, privilege, and various forms of oppression while defining the diversity of our campus. The goal of this training session is to bring students to a place of recognizing the difference between equality and equity at an institutional and individual level while also recognizing what privilege looks like, feels like, and its impact on individuals and groups of people, in the Canadian context.

    Intersectionality Training

    This training focuses on several aspects of identity (such as race, class, religion, and gender) as tools of analysis while exploring how people can simultaneously navigate social spaces with both dominant and oppressed identities. The goal is to encourage students to think through how we can build solidarity with others through understanding the complexity of multiple and intersecting social identities held by ourselves and others. This training is designed with the assumption that participants have a foundational understanding of power, privilege, and identity.