The Sigma Kappa workshop on February 24th went well overall. The planning was the only bad part because it seemed to be a bit disorganized but once everything got figured out the workshop went smoothly. The requestor originally didn’t think we were coming then later requested us for a workshop of 130 people which was a bit intimidating. They were doing what seemed to be a sexual health/awareness day but I’m not entirely sure how long they were talking about the subject before and after our workshop.
The location was easy to find, but was very hard to find parking near so that through off my arrival time by a little bit, but Andy was at the workshop on time. Andy and I had a lot of knowledge on the topic ahead of time, so making the presentation wasn’t too difficult once we got in the swing of things. The group was very knowledgeable and seemed to know most of the things we talked about (in relation to enthusiastic consent and healthy relationships). I did not send a follow up email until today (March 4th), but I will be awaiting a reply soon.
Everyone involved was very quick to respond to any communication about the workshop and that was highly appreciated. The only other downside to the workshop was the large amount of people present. It was well anticipated but still a little difficult to address if someone hadn’t talked to a group that big before. We had a number of group activities that had a good amount of participation, but having so many people made the activities very loud. The positive side of this is that there wasn’t a lack of participation in any part of the workshop and it actually went fairly fast once it started.
Something that did strike me from this workshop, is that even though we only talk about enthusiastic consent and promote healthy relationships, we should get trained (even minimally) on how to talk about unhealthy relationships. Even though it is not a workshop we do, I think it would be very helpful for us to know about, as sexual health educators. Also the photo I attached is of my intro slide photo, I actually forgot to take a photo of /around the workshop because it was fairly overwhelming.