ACAM Dialogue: Rethinking the UBC Sexual Assault Policy through an Asian Canadian Lens


What is going on with the sexual assault policy at UBC? What are the limitations? How can we (re)write the policy by centering a culturally appropriate approach? You’re invited to learn about the proposed policy from Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion. Dr. Lucia Lorenzi, panel member, recent UBC alumna, and anti-violence activist, will also talk about the expert panel recommendations. Following a moderated Q+A session, we will discuss and (re)imagine the policy through a student-led art activity. Come learn about the policy, make art, and have your voice heard. Lunch will be provided!

When: Thursday, Oct. 20 (12:30-2:00 pm)
Where: Chilcotin Room (256), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Vancouver

Questions will be welcome. Here are some to think about:

  • How do you feel this policy reflects your needs and cultural identities?
  • What can students do to impact the policy?
  • What kinds of changes do you want to see take place?
  • How do you want the university to engage students regarding the policy in a culturally appropriate way?

Click below to learn more about the presenters:

Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay

Dr. Lucia Lorenzi

In thinking through how we want to make and take up space, we are prioritizing this event as a student and survivor-centric space that centers Indigenous and POC students (particularly Asian Canadian student communities). Please be mindful of this if you plan on attending. If you have any questions or concerns about what it means to be an ally, feel free to contact

Accessibility Info:

If resources are available, language support can be provided if needed. We are also able to provide ASL interpretation if needed. To request these services, please contact by Oct. 13.

There will be an active listener available during and after the dialogue if folks need to check in with someone.

Food (meat, vegetarian, and gluten-free) will be provided. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs.

If you have questions or other accessibility needs, please email


This event is organized by the ACAM Dialogues: Extending the Conversation on Sexual Violence in Asian Communities on Campus and Beyond project. These dialogues examine the intersections of race, gender, and violence, especially as they impact Asian student communities and open up spaces for students to share experiences and resources, build analyses, and discuss strategies of organizing against sexual and other forms of violence. The series will culminate in a public symposium in Spring 2017 to bring these conversations to a wider audience at UBC and beyond. For more information, please visit

This event will be taking place on the traditional, unceded, ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation. We recognize that sexual violence plays a key role in colonial and gendered violence, and continues to affect Indigenous communities. As the land which UBC is situated on was taken without consent, we ask settlers to consider what it means to be good guests.