Our project is based in the recognition that a cultural shift in attitudes and practices preventing sexual violence in universities can only be achieved through an integrated, interdisciplinary approach. We bring together co-investigators from five faculties at McGill University, who tackle different facets of this issue using diverse yet complementary knowledge.
The largest faculty at the University, Arts is committed to remaining at the forefront of intellectual inquiry in our changed and continually changing world. Within the Faculty of Arts, our project draws from the expertise of the the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, and from the School of Information Studies. Co-investigators include Dr. Carrie Rentschler, Feminist Media scholar and project lead for Project B: Role of Arts and Popular Culture, and Dr. Jamshid Beheshti, who is overseeing the information architecture and research management systems that undergird this project.
The Faculty of Dentistry is committed to maintaining a leadership role in oral health education, in scientific research and in the promotion of oral health and quality of life in the whole population, with an emphasis on the needs of under-served communities and individuals. Using the McGill Faculty of Dentistry as a case study, our project will address concerns on student norms identified by the Dalhousie Task Force Report (Backhouse et al., 2015) and drawing on research findings, improve McGill Dentistry’s policies and curriculum on social awareness and ethics to address rape culture. Co-investigators from the Faculty of Dentistry include Dr. Shahrokh Esfandiari and Dr. Richard Hovey.
The mission of the Faculty of Education is the advancement of knowledge and its applications to the development of human potential in a variety of learning environments and over one's life span. Our project is housed within the Faculty of Education's Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE). Dr. Shaheen Shariff, Project Director of this grant, teaches leadership and policy at DISE. Other co-investigators within this department include Dr. Mindy Carter, Dr. Claudia Mitchell, Dr. Lisa Starr, and Dr. Elizabeth Wood. In addition, Dr. Victoria Talwar from the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology is also a co-investigator in this project.
McGill’s distinctive legal education is one of the best in the world. It crosses boundaries of language, jurisdiction, legal tradition, discipline, and culture. The Faculty of Law at McGill has been deeply involved in drafting the McGill University's new sexual assault policy, and forms an essential part of our project in helping to review provincial and national legislation around sexual violence, university policies around sexual violence, and in improving legal literacies amongst all stakeholders. Co-investigators from the Faculty of Law at McGill include Dr. Colleen Sheppard and Dr. Marie Manikis. In addition, Dr. Nandini Ramanujam is a collaborator in this project.
Founded in 1906, the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University is ranked as one of the world’s top international business schools by BusinessWeek, Canadian Business, Forbes, The Economist and the Financial Times. Dr. Brian Rubineau is a co-investigator from this project, and will contribute to the development of leadership and management skills within our cohort of researchers.