Rosemary Brown Conference 2016

September 10, 2016

The Rosemary Brown Annual Memorial Conference

Dialogue on Campus Sexual Assault:
Support, Prevention, Education

Sponsored by:

SFU Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and the Rosemary Brown Award for Women Committee1

September 10, 2016
8:30 am  - 1:00 pm

Simon Fraser University
Harbour Centre, Room 1700
Vancouver, BC

Free, no reservation required

1The Rosemary Brown Award for Women Committee includes representatives from the
United Nations Association in Canada, BC Federation of Labour, Congress of Black Women Foundation, BC Association of Social Workers, Society for Children and Youth BC, and University Women’s Club, Vancouver.

Special thanks for their generous financial support to the Office of the Vice-President, Academic, and Provost, SFU, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, SFU, the SFU Faculty Association and the Faculty of Education, SFU.

New Westminster Record article regarding the Rosemary Brown Award and Dawn Black.

Former New West MP and MLA Dawn Black receives award


Keeping Rosemary Brown’s Legacy Alive

Rosemary Brown worked tirelessly to address social justice issues in our society, and we are working to maintain her legacy.  Many of you have already donated generously to a scholarship fund for the Rosemary Brown Undergraduate Award in Social Justice to encourage students of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies to become active and caring contributors to their broader community. We are now reaching out to you again to ask that you donate to a fund to sustain the annual Rosemary Brown Memorial Conference.

Rosemary Brown Memorial Conference Fund

Our annual conference was launched in 2014 as a means of bringing academics and students, service-providers, and the broader community together to speak on current issues of diversity, ongoing inequalities, and ways to create positive change.  Our two previous conferences (“Inequality and Rights: A Feminist Perspective” and “Confronting Gender Violence”) drew capacity audiences, and we are expecting similar engagement with this year’s consultation on sexual assault on campus.  

To ensure complete accessibility, we do not charge registration fees, and our presenters generously speak without charge.  Nonetheless, the conference costs approximately $3,500.00 yearly for room and equipment rentals, catering, advertising, and so on.  If we are going to maintain this important annual conversation, we must fundraise to cover ongoing expenses.  Please consider donating to the conference’s sustaining fund by making a gift in honour of Rosemary Brown.  Tax receipts will be issued by SFU Advancement.                            

How to Donate:

For donations by credit card or PayPal, please use the online donation form at

Please make cheques payable to “Simon Fraser University” with a memo line that stipulates “Rosemary Brown Memorial Conference Fund” and mail to:

University Advancement

Simon Fraser University
2118 Strand Hall
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC  V5A 1S6

If you have any questions about donations, please call Jane Lu, University Advancement, at 778-782-5309.