Lecture at city hall to explore race and gender in bullying and violence

SURREY – A free public lecture Tuesday (Oct. 28) will address how failure to recognize "racialized" and gendered violence could undermine our capacity to help the most vulnerable youths.

SFU Faculty of Health Sciences and Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society are presenters of the talk, called "Bullying and Violence: What does race and gender have to do with it?" Jo-Anne Lee, professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Victoria, will deliver the talk from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Surrey City Hall’s council chambers.

"It is very important to recognize and acknowledge racialized and gendered violence, as failure to do so directs much-needed public attention and resources away from making gender-based, anti-violence programs available in the community," stated Lee.

According to Lee, intersectional studies inform us that sexism and violence is almost always underwritten by race, racism and racial violence. "But when racial and gender factors are overlooked, we shift towards the creation of neutral, school-based anti-bullying programs," Lee stated.

"Such universal programs will undoubtedly serve some, but will continue to fail the most vulnerable, including girls from minority communities who increasingly constitute the growing multicultural and Indigenous student population in urban schools."

For event details visit SFU’s website.

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