October 1, 2016

Sexual assault awareness among five topics on Delegate’s Agenda

More than 40 students gathered in the Sunnen Lounge today to discuss what topics should be on at the upcoming Delegate’s Agenda.  After a little over an hour-and-a-half, students voted for the top five topics, from a list of 14, they would like to see presented in front of the delegates, made up of Webster University administrators.

The five topics on the agenda will be:

  • Added curriculum of African-American studies involving history, culture and art.
  • Added education for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender issues.
  • An increase in the number of classes  required for specific majors.
  • An increased consistency in the partnerships of Webster study abroad campuses.
  • An increase in sexual assault awareness.

Keyra Stephens, a junior, said she had not seen much awareness of sexual assault at Webster.Although it has gotten better, she said, Stephens said she noticed a majority of the issues that the available literature around campus addresses has to do with what female students can do to prevent the assault and what they should do after the assault, Stephens said.

“They’re not really topics that have to do with the boys,” Stephens said. “I think that should be addressed.”

Stephens said educated on topics of sexual assault, like consent.

To begin the setting of the agenda, Justin Raymundo, a Webster alumnus and former Student Government Association member, gave a speech that expressed the importance of collaboration between student groups.

Brianna Ehlen, a peer educator at Webster, offered her collaboration to address Stevens’ concerns. She informed Stephens and the rest of those in attendance of already existent efforts to help with sexual assault.

“We try really hard during April to have sexual assault awareness month,” Ehlen said. “It’s just hard to bring awareness about such a broad topic when we host events and no one comes.”

Delegate’s Agenda will be in the Sunnen Lounge on Sept. 30 from 3-5 p.m.

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