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The Seneca/Yellow Brick House partnership

Seneca and Yellow Brick House have partnered together under the Status of Women Canada project to “Engage young people to prevent violence against women on post–secondary campuses.” The project has identified issues of violence affecting students on campus and reviewed institutional barriers.

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Students and stakeholder teams have expanded their understanding of the sources of abuse. A gender-based analysis (GBA) was conducted using qualitative and quantitative data collected from surveys, focus groups, and campus safety assessments conducted with the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence against Women and Children. The purpose of the GBA was to gather input from diverse groups in order to represent the realities of all Seneca College students. A key finding was the importance in addressing violence on post-secondary campuses in a way that engaged students, i.e., building bystander capacity. As a result, students from the Graphic Design for Social Change* program developed the artwork for a Students Supporting Students, Taking a Stand against Abuse project. The goal of the project is to engage students, educate them about the various forms of abuse and provide resources.

*Professor Paul Shecter's Design for Social Change course focuses on creating non-commercial graphic design work. Students offer their design skills to community groups for social awareness campaigns.

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Yellow Brick House is a nonprofit organization providing emergency shelter, counselling and supportive services to abused women and their children in York Region.