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Introduction to the Investigations Office and SVPRO (Postponed)

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Wednesday, 29 September 2021 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, 29 September 2021 - 1:00pm
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Online via Zoom


Postdoctoral Fellows Office


** As of 10:30 AM on Monday, Sepember 27, 2021, this session has been postponed. **

Join us for an introduction to UBC's Investigations Office and Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO), including an overview of these offices and the resources available to UBC postdocs and a question-and-answer period.

The UBC Investigations Office was created in 2017 to ensure that investigations into sexual violence, discrimination and harassment are guided by the principles of procedural fairness, confidentiality, respect and a trauma-informed approach.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) is a confidential place for those who have experienced, or been impacted by, any form of sexual or gender-based violence, harassment, or harm, regardless of where or when it took place. In both our support and prevention services, we work with the understanding that trauma comes in many forms and it is up to us to be respectful, responsive and proactive in this work. SVPRO has two primary roles on campus- prevention & response. Our approach to the work is rooted in anti-oppression. To truly address prevention and provide supportive service we MUST simultaneously work to end all forms of oppression or we will only make progress for some and reinforce the oppression of others.  This session will introduce SVPRO services, approach, and opportunities.

The Director, Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office, Alicia Oeser, will present an overview of the SVPRO and its resources.

Guest Speakers

Alicia Oeser

Alicia is a settler from Southern California where the original and current caretakers of the land, water, and air are the Cahuilla, Tongva, Luiseño, and Serrano peoples. Alicia graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Political Science, followed by DePaul University’s MA program in Sociology.

Professionally, Alicia has 15 years of experience working with survivors of sexual, relationship, and gender-based violence, harassment and harm. Alicia has held roles in the field at non-profits, in local government, and higher education. Prior to arriving at UBC, Alicia most recently served as the Director for the University of California Los Angeles’ Campus Assault Resources and Education Program and before that as the Director for Harvard University’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response.

Alicia approaches the work as a puzzle. Creative thinking and non-stop innovations are a must for Alicia because solutions to complex social problems will never be one-size-fits-all. There is always more to learn and more to create. Alicia contextualizes the work with personal and political queerness, an atypical brain, and a commitment to the active learning required to be an accomplice in the tremendous work of accessibility, decolonization and Black Lives Matter.


As of 10:30 AM on Monday, Sepember 27, 2021, this session has been postponed.

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