Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is a month-long series of engagement opportunities hosted by the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO) in collaboration with SFU and FIC partners every January. The purpose of SAAM is to raise awareness about sexual violence and to empower SFU and FIC students, faculty, and staff to engage with this complex topic in meaningful ways.

2023 SAAM Advisory Committee

The SVSPO is seeking SFU and FIC community members to serve on the 2023 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Advisory Committee (AC).

The SAAM AC will consist of:

  • 4 SFU and/or FIC undergraduate students
  • 2 SFU graduate students
  • 6 SFU and/or FIC employees (staff or faculty) or employees of affiliated organizations

The AC will be co-chaired by two members of the SVSPO staff: Paola Quirós-Cruz and Belinda Karsen.

The Role of the SAAM Advisory Committee

The SAAM Advisory Committee supports the SVSPO by advising on best practices to engage various audiences (SFU and FIC students, staff, faculty, and community members) in SAAM programming. The committee will work collaboratively to:

  • Identify strategies and tactics to engage with various audiences
  • Provide feedback on SAAM communications and programming
  • Liaise with their respective departments or peer groups to organize and and promote SAAM events
  • Debrief on SAAM planning and programming.


  • Commitment to prevention of sexual violence and to the fundamental principles of SAAM
  • Current SFU or FIC undergraduate or graduate student, staff, or faculty, or employee of an SFU or FIC-affiliated organization
  • Ability to attend and contribute to most AC meetings
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with diverse individuals from various areas of SFU and FIC; to engage in open and respectful communication and decision-making
  • Commitment to amplify SAAM promotional messages including events and initiatives and /or to help organize SAAM-related events or activities within your department or student group

How to Apply

To learn more about this commitment, please review the full SAAM AC description. Apply by 4pm (PT) August 24 2022. 

SAAM Events Calendar

2023 SAAM events and activities will be posted here throughout the Fall 2022 term. 

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In Acknowledgement

We would like to recognize and thank the members of the SAAM 2022 Advisory Committee, who contributed their time, energy, and commitment: Alesha Garcha, Alyssa Quan, Alyssa Victorino, Amanat Sandhu, Amrit Tiwana, Awna Besan (Career Advisor, Undergraduate Careers, Beedie School of Business), Jacinda Wijaya, Junelle Knihniski (Health Sciences, Public Health & Data), Kelly Dohei, Marie Haddad (SFSS, VP Equity and Sustainability), Dr. Mary-Catherine Kropinski (Associate Dean, EDI, Faculty of Science), Megan Bobetsis (GSWS graduate student), Mohammad Amin Sharifi, Nadina Dodd (she/her, FIC Wellness Office), Sam Simon (he/him, Math PhD student), Sam Robertson, Victoria Belway.