Over the past year, we have undergone a truly monumental shift in the way people talk about sexual violence. High profile sexual assault and harassment cases and the outpouring of responses to the #metoo movement, have unleashed a tsunami of stories, in newspapers, on social media, and in private conversations between friends. In its wake, #metoo has created a greater need for survivors of sexualized violence to have the space to tell their stories on their own terms. In this episode we discuss creating space with ARThrive co-founder, Heather Prost.
Taylor McKinney is a graduate student and host of the Student Engage podcast. Taylor's longstanding interest in mediation, dialogue, and conflict resolution inspired her to spend her undergraduate degree pursuing opportunities to work and study in regions at various stages of conflict and reconciliation, including Myanmar, Kosovo, and the Yukon. Currently living and learning in Vancouver, she is now focused on facilitating dialogue with up and coming change makers to learn more about how one person can make a difference. Taylor is pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.
Heather Prost (she/her) is a queer mixed media artist, Community Support Worker, facilitator, curator, writer, and maker, based in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Heather believes in the power of community engagement and is the co-creator of initiatives such as ARThrive, the Spoon Project, and a quarterly zine making workshop with the New West Secondary School Gay-Straight Alliance. Heather is also a youth mentor at Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) and recent recipient of the Ken Chan LGBT Undergraduate Award.
Heather has been applying knowledge gained through the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program to make space for diversity. Heather is currently co-creating an art exhibition held in tandem with the conference "Unthinking Sex, Imagining Asexuality: Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Perspectives" and is pursuing a degree in Expressive Arts Therapy at Langara College.
Beyond the Podcast
To learn more about the Active Bystander Network and support services for students visit SFU's Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office.
Learn more about Heather's other works, here.