Residents come to St Leo’s College, first and foremost, to pursue their tertiary education careers.
This education does not stop at the maths or science subjects, which will form the core of their engineering, medicine or other degree they have chosen. St Leo’s core values commit to educating the whole man: this means continuing lessons, which have started at home or at school around sometimes difficult topics.
Respectful relationships is just one such area which encompasses ideas such as “affirmative” consent, open communication and respect for one’s own body as well as that of others. The College sees its role as nurturing these young men and the women who they interact with so they can go on to enjoy successful lives, as well as careers.
Respect-based relationships are not dealt with in isolation. They arepart of a bigger picture, which encompasses a number of other areas which are often brought into focus in the late teens and early twenties. The initiatives and life-based learning opportunities brought by the College during this time can set the tone for the rest of their lives.
This year we ran a program called Q Week for our returning students and the leadership team. In 2017 first and second year students will be attending. Through the course of the program we will run educational workshops and discussion groups about:
- Respectful relationships
- Gender stereotypes
- Alcohol awareness
- Bullying and hazing
As discussed above, it is part of our role to continue the discussions your son will have had at school and at home around these subjects. It will not be a once-off – it will be the starting point for ongoing two-way discussions.
Our Q Week program which began this year will be improved and repeated for our 2017 students. We are committed to not just reacting to but being proactive in this space to ensure these very important topics are kept on the agenda.
UQ has made public there have been complaints of sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus in the recent past. We are working with our students, staff and colleagues in other colleges to be part of the educational response to reduce these incidents. It is an ongoing conversation and one we will work with alongside UQ.
The Colleges at UQ offer a very inclusive culture in which to learn and grow. The Sunday Night episode demonstrates the value and importance of St Leo’s proactive stance on these issues and their relevance to the formative journey of our Resident men.