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Two new staff support sexual violence prevention and response

Queen’s is welcoming two new staff to fill positions to support sexual violence prevention and response efforts on campus.

Taylor MacPherson will assume the newly-created role of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Community Outreach and Student Support Worker at the end of July. MacPherson is currently completing her Masters of Professional Education in the field of Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice at Western University with a focus on curricular approaches to Gender Based Violence Prevention Education that empower 2SLGBTQ+ students and dismantle heteronormative assumptions about sexual violence on post-secondary campuses.  MacPherson brings extensive first-hand experience supporting survivors of sexual violence including over five years of experience in residence on call systems both at Queen's University and Western University, and has managed professional staff through response to high-level mental health and student crisis scenarios.  

MacPherson will primarily work with university and local community partners to develop and deliver educational and awareness programming aimed at creating a consent culture on campus.  She will also be available to respond to individual disclosures of sexual violence, providing guidance on accessing university and community resources, and assisting students with safety planning and with navigating available policies, procedures, and services.

Michelle Wells has been hired to fill an established position of Personal Counsellor, Sexual Violence with Student Wellness Services. Wells started with the university at the beginning of June, and brings significant senior-level experience with trauma-focused client care and treatment.

Wells is currently engaged in crisis response, as needed, and supporting sexual violence awareness and educational initiatives on campus. In addition to working one-on-one with students, this position provides supervision to counsellors working with clients who have experienced sexual violence, as well as training to the counselling team on best-practice methods and interventions to help clients process and resolve trauma resulting from sexual violence.

Both MacPherson and Wells will join the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force, a network of faculty, staff, and students that works together to mobilize continued efforts to address the issue of sexual violence on campus. For more information, visit https://www.queensu.ca/studentaffairs/health-and-wellness/sexual-violence-prevention-and-response-task-force.