<div>New students to attend ‘Beyond Sex Ed: Consent & Sexuality at Stanford’ program</div>

Stanford News October 3, 2016New students to attend ‘Beyond Sex Ed: Consent & Sexuality at Stanford’ program
The new program aims to start an engaging conversation around sexuality, relationships, intimacy, consent and community at Stanford.

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By Kathleen J. Sullivan

This week, Stanford will launch an innovative program designed to support new undergraduate students navigating the complex territory of sexuality, and establish a campus culture that promotes healthy, empowered and consensual relationships.
Brianna Booth, director of positive sexuality, design and development in the SARA office, says the new ‘Beyond Sex Ed’ program is designed to engage students in practicing communication skills related to boundaries, consent, sexuality and relationships. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

First-year and transfer students are required to attend the program, “Beyond Sex Ed: Consent & Sexuality at Stanford.”
The new program is one of several educational initiatives designed to engage incoming Stanford students in conversations about the need for affirmative consent, the reality of sexual violence on campus and the collection of resources available to all students.
Brianna Booth, director of positive sexuality, design and development in Stanford’s Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA), has been developing Beyond Sex Ed over the last year, in collaboration with campus partners and students. She will lead the 90-minute program, which will be repeated on three consecutive evenings to accommodate all of the 1,781 first-year and transfer students.
The program will feature personal stories from current students, supported by an overview framework for thinking about sexuality experientially and culturally, as well as pair-share discussions and a mindfulness skill-building exercise.
Beyond Sex Ed aims to fill a cultural void by creating a thoughtful space to learn about, discuss and share stories of sexuality, reflecting students’ experiences as well as the surrounding systems of culture that influence those experiences. The program’s underlying philosophy is to engage the …


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