Institutional change around sexual harassment and violence has been a process that has taken many years. The current campaign is just one important chapter in a longer story that has included students and staff contributing to shifts in campus culture and awareness over several years.
The below timeline sets out the past efforts, present changes, and progresses to come:
March 2014: The online forum ‘Strategic Misogyny’ begins blogging about the presence of sexual violence on university campuses.
December 2015: Goldsmiths students independently organize the ‘Sexual Harassment in Higher Education Conference’ (SHHE), hosted on campus.
May 2016: Professor and activist Sara Ahmed resigns from Goldsmiths in protest over the institution's failure to address sexual harassment in a robust and sustainable way.
May 2016: The ‘Goldsmiths Feminist Students’ blog responds with an open letter to Sara Ahmed regarding her resignation.
June 2016: Goldsmiths issues an official public statement regarding sexual harassment at the institution.
June 2016: Goldsmiths’ website publishes an open letter from Deputy Warden, Jane Powell, exploring gender-related issues.
July 2016: the ‘We Want Truth, Goldsmiths’ blog publishes a call for action following Sara Ahmed’s resignation.
Summer 2016: The 1752 Group research and lobby organisation launches. It is formed and led by several of the same Goldsmiths graduates who organized the SHHE conference.
October 2016: The Goldsmiths ‘Staff Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment Policy’ is updated to include information about sexual harassment.
November 2016: Student-led direct action raises awareness around the issues of sexual harassment, with a craftivism session.
March 2017: The Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths hosts a ‘Sexual Harassment Culture in Higher Education’ Workshop
March 2017: Goldsmiths College and SU secure HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) funding to create a programme that addresses sexual harassment.
January - March 2017: Goldsmiths appoints a Strategy and Review Manager - Sexual Harassment, a key part of the College’s ten-point plan to address sexual harassment.
March 2017: Goldsmiths SU hosts the ‘Speak Out Spoken Word’ event as part of Sexual Harassment Awareness Week.
December 2017: College Council approves a new policy and procedures for addressing incidences of sexual violence within the Goldsmiths community.
January 2018: Goldsmiths publishes new ‘Policy’ and ‘Report & Support’ procedures.
February 2018: Goldsmiths Students’ Union passes the sexual harassment policy at Student Assembly.
February 2018: Goldsmiths Students’ Union begins offering ‘Active Bystander’ training sessions for some students, and builds this timeline to highlight the history of activism that has led to institutional and community change around issues of sexual violence on our campus.
March 2018: The College and Students’ Union officially launch the Against Sexual Violence campaign. This includes a new policy, procedure for reporting and accessing support, and expanded Active Bystander training sessions for students in the 2018/19 academic year.
March 2018: The ‘Latinx Community at Goldsmiths’ student group hosts a workshop and discussion addressing issues of gendered violence within Latinx communities around the globe.
April 2018: Tara, Welfare and Diversity Officer, and Amelia, Project Lead for Against Sexual Violence Campaign, facilitate a workshop at the NUS Women’s Conference, covering best practices and campaign options for students’ unions.
June 2018: Goldsmiths Students’ Union invited to share their work at the Lewisham Council Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) forum.
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