Female Students’ Perceptions and Experiences of Safety at McGill
By Arianne Kent, WICI Research Assistant and Cofounder of Right to Campus
This research paper was born of my desire to investigate how female university students navigate public space within the university context. More often than not, McGill is portrayed and described as a physically and socially safe environment for students of all positionalities. However, this is juxtaposed against the reality of harassment, discrimination, and violence that many McGill students face on a daily basis. In completing this research, I have tried to shed light on the subjective perceptions and experiences of women from the McGill student community, in order to offer an alternative to the dominant and mainstream narrative of McGill being safe for all. Moreover, it is my hope that through the dissemination of this paper, the silence concerning gender-based violence in a university setting can be broken, through the creation of additional space to share knowledge and personal experiences between students.