During the Dean’s Corner, Dean of Students Sheila Shaw Horton brought to students’ attention that cases of norovirus have been reported around the world. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes diarrhea and vomiting. She informed students that there have been no reported cases on campus, and would like for the situation to remain that way. Dean Horton also shared information about Willow, an online depression program built by Wellesley students, for Wellesley students. Continuing with mental health, she reminded students that the Stone Center and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life are readily avaliable to provide support when needed. Dean Horton shared flyers for both Willow and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
Title IX Presentation
CW: includes topics of sexual misconduct
Director of Nondiscrimination Initiatives and Title IX Coordinator Justin Bell gave a presentation regarding sexual misconduct and consent. He began by introducing his role on campus: he deals with anything discriminatory in nature. It was also shared that he is on campus Mondays, Wednesdays, and most Fridays. In his presentation, he reminded students that consent is something that is “active, voluntary, enthusiastic, and ongoing.” When engaging in sexual activity, it is important that both parties are participating and aware the activity is occurring. Director Bell stressed that consent can not be obtained through direct or implied force, corcercion, or incapacitation through drugs, alcohol, or injury.
Gender Ballot Initiative Presentation
There was a presentation on the Gender Ballot Initiative. This initiative is aiming to align the College’s messaging with the demographics of the student body and alumni. It was proposed for future communication from the College to replace gender-specific language with gender-neurtal language when referencing the student body. For example, instead of using “she/her,” using “they/them.” Additionally, it was proposed for Wellesley College Admissions to be inclusive of all transgender and non-binary prospective students.
There is a new date for SBOG Ice Skating. It is now on Feb. 25 from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM at the Babson Rink.
SOFC is finishing Spring Emergency and applications for Bookie positions are now open.