Teaching sex ed in Ontario is topic for upcoming Scholars Hub Speaker Series event

York University’s top academic minds continue to be featured in the Scholars Hub Speaker Series, with Sarah Flicker, assistant professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES), presenting “Teaching Sex Ed: A View From Ontario’s Teachers” on March 26.

Sarah Flicker

Ontario parents are widely in favour of integrating sexual health and human development topics into the provincial curriculum, and Ontario students want opportunities to be more involved in their sexual health learning in schools. This presentation will examine how health teachers shoulder the responsibility of responding to the diversity of students’ experiences, backgrounds and perspectives in ways that are inclusive and informative. Flicker will review the evidence for comprehensive sexual education in schools, what Ontario students say they want and how teachers are responding in the midst of controversy and policy change.

The Scholars Hub Speaker Series, which kicked off Jan. 29, also marks the 50th anniversary of FES. The event series, titled “Environmental Changes,” is a partnership between Vaughan Public Libraries and York University’s Division of Advancement. It features talks and expertise from York faculty.

All events will take place at the Civic Centre Resource Library located at 2191 Major Mackenzie Dr. W. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

The lineup continues with:

• April 30 – Christina Hoicka (assistant professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies) presenting “Participation in the Low-Carbon Economy”
How citizens and communities participate in energy initiatives is critical to the successful transition to a low-carbon economy. For example, meaningful participation in renewable and low-carbon energy initiatives is linked with enhanced citizen support, where difficulty securing such support is seen as a major barrier for such initiatives. Community energy, which is characterized by high levels of participation, is also associated with wide-ranging benefits for communities such as new social mechanisms for learning, economic development and engagement of local populations in energy policy implementation.

• May 28 – Jose Etcheverry (associate professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies) presenting “Experimental Learning for Sustainability: Canada, Algeria and Chile”
This talk will summarize Etcheverry’s team’s experience building solar facilities for experiential learning in Canada, Algeria and Chile.

• June 25 – Sheila Colla (assistant professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies) presenting “What’s the Buzz? Working Towards Pollinators Conservation in Canada”
Colla has been researching the declines of native pollinators for more than a decade. She will describe the various types of pollinators we have, what we know about their conservation status and threats. She will also outline what we can all do to help protect wild pollinator populations.

The partnership is part of York University’s goals of community engagement and reputation building, with a unique collaboration that invites alumni, students, their families and the public to engage in meaningful talks and discussions on the fascination of our environment.

Space for each talk is limited. For more information, or to register, visit alumniandfriends.yorku.ca/vpl-scholars-hub.

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