MacEwan hires sexual violence response coordinator
September 13, 2018 | Society
This fall, MacEwan University created the new role of sexual violence response coordinator, welcoming Meagan Simon to the position.
As part of the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Response, Meagan serves as an accessible, frontline contact for anyone impacted by sexual violence.
This role fills the university's need for a direct resource for students, faculty and staff, providing access to support services, suggesting academic or workplace modifications and offering reporting options. Meagan will be available to talk with anyone affected by sexual violence, whether they have personally experienced it, or someone else has disclosed to them.
“Whether it happened on or off campus, recently or before a person came to study or work at MacEwan, I’m here to provide confidential and non-judgmental support,” says Meagan, who has a BA in psychology and a master’s degree in sociology, and worked in sexual violence education and support since 2010.
Meagan will also take on leadership within the Sexual Violence Response Team, a group working to coordinate complaint processes and continually improve the institution’s response to sexual violence. The team will focus on further clarifying procedures and ensuring staff and faculty understand their roles when a complaint is made.
“I want everyone to receive a caring, believing and kind response when they choose to disclose to another community member,” says Meagan. “Ultimately, we’re working towards cultivating a culture of consent at MacEwan – a place where everyone feels safe and supported.”
If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual violence, please contact Meagan for support, information and access to campus and community services.