Week 04 – Lab Reflection + Reading Response

Lab Reflection

1. First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (FYCARE) workshop is a mandatory interactive discussion on campus sexual assault. FYCARE workshops focus on the dynamics of sexual assault, ways to support a survivor, understanding consent, and campus and community resources. The majority of workshops are held in your residence halls and facilitated by peer educators, specially trained undergraduate students. FYCARE evaluations show that the vast majority of past attendees found the workshops both interesting and beneficial. The program became mandatory in the fall of 1996, in large part due to a grassroots effort from students in response to campus events. Peer institutions frequently look to the FYCARE program as a model for similar programs.

2. Data and records of the numbers and kinds of sexual assaults taking place on campus, studies evaluating the change in rates of sexual assaults since the establishment of FYCARE on campus will also help in gathering supporting evidence for this program.

3. I would chose documents that would support the existence of sexual assault on campus and preferably try and find articles that talk about the efficiency of programs like FYCARE.

Document 1 – https://archon.library.illinois.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=624&q=sexual+assault

Document 2 – https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uiug.30112055127614&view=1up&seq=1

3 Questions –

a. How are some ways the university increases the reach and impact of the FYCARE program?

b. How often is the syllabus of the program updated to meet the needs of the evolving situation to be effective in current times?

c. Since the establishment of FYCARE is the university seeing any decline in the number of sexual assault cases?

3 Multiple Choice Questions –

a. What percentage of women will experience a sexual assault incident in their undergraduate years?

– 10%

– 20%

– 25%

– 5%

b. How frequently is the FYCARE curriculum updated to remain on the cutting edge?

– Annually

– Semi Annually

– Once every 3 years

– Once every 5 years

c. What percentage of students at the University of Illinois are women?

– 10%

– 24%

– 45%

– 65%

4. Overall when FYCARE was introduced at UIUC it was taken up as a welcome move by the college authorities. There were not many oppositions or barriers I was able to find with regards to FYCARE.

5. The only barrier that I feel that FYCARE faces and needs to be addressed is students not completing the program on time or properly. This issue can be addressed by the university by taking stricter action to get students to comply with completing the coursework for the program.

Reading Response

During those times there were quite a few social and cultural barriers that played a role in leadership, politics and education as a whole. One of the barriers that I noticed was that “In 1968, feminism was not self-evidently on the agenda. Indeed, visible female leaders were rare.” (Evans) This was a problem because without proper female leadership the ideals of feminism and the voices of women was not heard. Young people challenging the rigidity of patriarchal institutions embraced Marcuse’s claim that it was possible to imagine “a non-repressive civilization, based on a fundamentally different experience of being and gender norms” (Evans). Another barrier was free speech, during Stottard’s time free speech was a risky venture among liberal educators. (Metz 12) Stottard strongly supported free speech, he gave moving dialogues to show his support for freedom of speech including – “We are all free in all respects save one; We are not free to tolerate the destruction of our freedom” (Metz 12). Another barrier was the objectification and unequal treatment of women, men were considered superior, more powerful and authoritarian. To combat this barrier a lot of student rebellions took place demanding equal rights for women “Student rebellions shared an emphasis on spontaneity, authenticity, and anti-hierarchy, and a utopian expectation that revolutionary change could be achieved. That utopianism was fed by the concrete, collective experiences of prolonged strikes and campus occupations.” (Evans)

Five Questions –

1. Who were the prime faces of feminism in the early 1968s that played the most crucial role in bringing these ideals forward?

2. What kinds of strategies and revolts were the most effective in making an impact on the existing ideology about women?

3. What restricted freedom of speech, and without it how did it amass such a huge revolution like population?

4. How has feminism changed since 1968 to present?

5. Is complete freedom of speech also the best solution for a country at large? Consider the spread of fake news due to the extreme freedom of speech on social networks.

1 thought on “Week 04 – Lab Reflection + Reading Response”

  1. It was interesting to read about Stottard’s balance between freedom of speech and his values. Freedom of speech was limited during his time and to provide people with communists beliefs the right to free speech was new to a liberal arts education.

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