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.

    Western and Fanshawe Programming

    In partnership with Fanshawe College, Western is offering the following vitual programming for students on both campuses.

    Trauma Informed Yoga

    Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Education Presents Virtual Trauma Informed Yoga.

    Lead by Kaitlin Robinson, her approach combines nervous system resiliency for trauma, with the ancient Yoga philosophy that supports spiritual wellbeing. The practice will focus on regulating the nervous system which allows clients to begin to resolve mental/emotional distress and heal trauma.

    Email Leah Marshall to register at Limited spaces are available.


    • January 20 at 7:00PM
    • February 10 at 7:00PM
    • March 24 at 7:00PM

    Wen-Do  |  November and February

    Wen-Do is a women's self-defence program designed for women by women. Techniques are designed for women of all ages, sizes, and abilities. A combination of discussion, with practical physical skills results in an integration of mental and physical preparedness.


    • February 1 and 3, from 6:30PM to 8:30PM

    Attendance is required both nights.

    If you are bubbled with another woman and wish to register as a pair and share a screen, please indicate this when emailing, as limited spots are available. Individual registration is also accepted.

    To register, please email Tamara at

    Reclaiming Self-Care Presentation  |  October 27, 2021

    Finances don't have to be a barrier to prioritizing yourself. Learn the true meaning of self-care and how it supports healthy relationships with yourself and others.


    • October 27, from 7:00PM to 8:00PM

    To register, please email Tamara at

    Vivek Shraya | November 10, 2021

    An acclaimed artist, Vivek Shraya uses music, literature, visual art, theatre, and film to engage audiences on topics like mental health, queerness and inclusion. Inspiring audiences to celebrate who they are, she challenges the ways we are taught to think about gender and offers insights on how to create change. 

    As a response to the dominant narratives of tragedy and hardship associated with being queer, Vivek created a film called “What I LOVE about being QUEER” where participants share the reasons why they also celebrate their queerness. This presentation will feature a screening of this film and a broader discussion about the film’s genesis, with an emphasis on need for conversations about queer celebration in the face of ongoing homophobia and transphobia.

    Wednesday, November 10
    7:00 PM
    To register, visit

    ReShape Series Winter 2021

    The following topics were presented January to March 2021. 

    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.

    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 Winter 2022.

    Let’s Talk about Mental Health in Racialized Communities |  January 27, 2022

    Do you feel comfortable navigating and accessing mental health services on campus and in your community? As a racialized student, are there specific mental health concerns you find are prevalent?

    January 26th marks Bell Let’s Talk Day which focuses on action to increase awareness around mental health and encourages Canadians and people worldwide to keep listening, keep talking and keep being there for ourselves and each other. Also, January 29th marks the National Day of Remembrance of the Québec City Mosque Attack and Action against Islamophobia.

    In this community of care event, we hope to offer a supported space for racialized students to discuss mental health and learn more about mental health and wellness resources available on campus. The event will be held online via Zoom and facilitated by Rose Tanaye, Mental Health Counselor, and Raghad Ebied, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Education Coordinator at Western University.

    *Please note that this is not a counselling group. For those students who would like to access counselling support, you can do so by booking a 1:1 appointment with Western Health & Wellness. Students who identify as racialized and are seeking a safe space to talk can request to speak with counsellors who are themselves persons of these communities with lived experience. Please call 519-661-3030 to book an appointment.

    January 27th: 1-2:30pm via Zoom

    Training Sessions

    All EDI training sessions will be scheduled for Fall 2021. 

    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 behaviours.

    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.