The Dalhousie dentistry scandal has prompted response across Canada in the form of discussions surrounding sexual violence and safety of university campuses. Some professors at UNB have made sure that they, too, get in a word of their own.
The events concerning Dalhousie’s dentistry students caught the attention of UNB professors in the gender and women’s studies interdisciplinary program and encouraged them to take action.
The department sent out a letter to the president of Dalhousie University on Jan. 28 stating that they were “deeply concerned about the actions of the so called ‘Gentleman’s Club’ who posted misogynist images and content about women, including women dentistry students, on Facebook.”
“This is the purpose of the letter that we wrote: to really indicate that we too are concerned about what we’ve heard, and we take seriously the need to create a safe, educational environment that fosters equality, fairness and gender equity,” said Joanne Wright, coordinator of gender and women’s studies at UNB.
A colleague of Wright’s brought forward the idea to write a letter around the same time that four faculty members of Dalhousie complained to the president of the university, Richard Florizone, about the lack of action taken against the students. The letter was to be a “show of solidarity” with the Dalhousie faculty members.
“I think this incident shows that we have a long way to go before we can say we’ve reached a place where we’ve fully addressed these issues surrounding consent, sexual violence, [and] objectification of women and female students,” Wright said.
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