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Second “Campus Conversation” event aims to continue dialogue on sexual assault


Ohio University leaders wasted no time in getting down to business organizing a second "Campus Conversation" event, following the well-attended inaugural event at the end of October.

Though its name, "Campus Conversation: Men taking sexual assault seriously," suggests the focus is intended for a male audience, organizers say people of all genders are encouraged to come and participate in the event on Monday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Baker Center Ballroom.

The initial Campus Conversation, focusing on sexual assault, consent and bystander intervention, was arranged in a World Café style with participants free to come and go as they like. Tables were set up around the room with facilitators at each to aid in conversation and answer questions.

This upcoming Campus Conversation will take a different approach with two workshops and keynote speech, as well as a time for open conversation at tables set up around the room.

The schedule for "Campus Conversation: Men Taking Sexual Assault Seriously" is as follows:

  • 10 a.m. Consent Workshop; Ohio University Assistant Professor of Political Science Vincent Jungkunz will lead this discussion on the meaning of consent, identifying consent and understanding the role consent plays in a sexual experience.

  • 11 a.m. Bystander Intervention; Graduate Assistant for Bystander Intervention and Prevention Education Bill Arnold will engage participants in a conversation about what bystander intervention means and the responsibility to intervene in situations of sexual assault.

  • 12 p.m. Keynote address; Sociology Professor Thomas Vander Ven will speak on bystander intervention as it relates to sexual assault. Vander Ven's research interests include crime and delinquency, criminological theory, the sociology of alcohol, and the sociology of social problems. He is the author of "Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard."

  • 1 p.m. Open table conversation; An opportunity for participants to process information they've heard and learned during the event, as well as ask follow-up questions to facilitators and peers. The open table conversation will also allow participants to give feedback and help plan what topic the next Campus Conversation should focus on.


A light lunch will be served to those who attend the Campus Conversation. For additional information, contact the Women's Center at 593-9625 or womenscenter@ohio.edu.

A PDF of the event details is available for anyone who would like to help promote the Campus Conversation.