CJ Rowe named director of SFU’s new Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office
By Ian Bryce
Simon Fraser University announces the appointment of CJ Rowe as the director of the newly created Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office.
Rowe joins the University with an extensive academic and professional background of advocacy for human rights and diversity, education and research, building inclusive communities, and engaging diverse groups in dialogue for action.
Rowe (whose pronouns are they/them/theirs) comes to SFU from Qmunity, a queer, trans and Two-Spirit resource centre based in Vancouver, where they have been the executive director since 2016. Rowe also has a decade of experience as diversity advisor at the University of British Columbia, co-leading the development and implementation of UBC’s Sexual Assault Intervention and Prevention Education Plan. This included developing core curriculum strategies and educational materials with key partners. Rowe has also previously worked as a policy analyst with Womenspace, a women’s resource centre in Ottawa.
Rowe holds a Doctorate in Education from UBC, a Master of Arts in Legal Studies from Carleton University, and two bachelor of arts degrees in sociology (from the University of New Brunswick) and Sociology & Women’s Studies (from Acadia University).
“SFU is fortunate to have Dr. Rowe joining our community as director of the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office,” says Peter Keller, vice president, academic and provost.
“Dr. Rowe is well-respected across the country for not only their breadth and depth of knowledge of the topic, but also because of the collaborative and intersectional way in which they approach this work. I believe Dr. Rowe will engage the various members of the SFU community—students, faculty and staff—in meaningful dialogue about sexual violence and through these conversations, will help shift culture in a positive way.”
Rowe will be responsible for providing direction and oversight to the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention office, which is tasked with facilitating sexual violence education and prevention programming as well as sexual violence response work as per the new Policy on Sexual Violence and Misconduct Prevention, Education and Support.
“It is a privilege to join SFU and the dedicated students, staff and faculty working towards ending sexual violence in our communities,” says Rowe.
“SFU is currently engaged with creative educational programing such as active bystander intervention, leading consent-based communication and cultural shifts, supporting survivors and exploring healthy boundaries and relationships. This work is critical in building a supportive campus. I look forward to collaborating with the broader campus community to build upon existing programming from a feminist, intersectional and anti-oppressive lens. Together, we will bring the University’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy into action."
Rowe will begin the new role on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.