Students present their research and creative work at third annual Ending Sexual Violence Research Forum

January 28, 2020 | Society, Arts & Culture

Ending Sexual Violence: Student Research Forum

If you're a MacEwan student who has completed a paper, project or creative work that engages with the topic of sexual violence, you are invited and encouraged to submit your work to the Ending Sexual Violence: Student Research Forum.

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“It is my firm belief that research is essential to ending sexual violence,” said Dr. Amanda Nelund. The assistant professor of sociology gave the opening remarks at the third annual Ending Sexual Violence Research Forum, presented by MacEwan University’s Office of Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Response and the Office of Research Services.

A first for the forum was the inclusion of a creative work submission. First-year Fine Art students Mackenzie Fragoso and Rebecca Klotz’s I WAS, I AM, NOW I AM is a visual interpretation of experiences of sexual violence. Inspired by feminist ’70s artists Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger, the work consists of three towering panels covered in large, bold words, and curves onto the floor to invade the viewer’s space.

“We wanted people to walk into our work and get a sense of overwhelming claustrophobia,” said Rebecca.


Bachelor of Arts (Sociology Honours) alum Kelsey Friesen (pictured right) received the “Ending Sexual Violence” Student Research Award for her focus on sexual violence policies in Canadian post-secondary institutions. “My findings suggest campuses should continue to create and implement policies as well as improve these policies.”

Kelsey has been interested in this subject matter since attending a presentation about sexual violence as part of her first-year orientation as a Griffins athlete.

Works and research presented included:

  • Amanda Jelley, Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology)
    Women Traffickers: Gender Inequality Shaping Female Perpetration and How Justice Systems Respond to Them

  • Lori Wilton, Bachelor of Arts (Criminology)
    Sexual Violence Policies: What Can They Do?

  • Mackenzie Fragoso and Rebecca Klotz, Fine Arts
    In conversation about their creative work I WAS, I AM, NOW I AM

  • Kelsey Friesen, Bachelor of Arts (Honours Sociology) alum
    Genuine Concern or Lip Service: Sexual Violence Policies in Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions



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