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Miriam College promotes safe spaces




MIRIAM College puts emphasis on safe spaces among its campuses. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MIRIAM COLLEGE

Following its creation of an independent committee to look into complaints of sexual harassment in its high school, Miriam College (MC) held a series of Town Hall Meetings (THM) with its community in July to get more feedback and formulate concrete programs and policies that would ensure safe spaces at every campus level.

MC students and alumni shared stories and experiences of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by some faculty on social media last June. Miriam College responded by convening a Committee on Truth and Justice to review and resolve reported cases.

Initiated by the school’s Institutional Committee on Ethics and Protocol, the THMs allowed community members to openly share and articulate their understanding of safe spaces; identify existing systems, culture, programs and activities in their respective units that either prevented or promoted safe spaces; and propose solutions that would strengthen safe spaces. Special focus was placed on processes that would allow students to report cases of sexual harassment without fear or judgment.

Last June 29, the school requested all aggrieved parties to report incidents of sexual harassment to the email address, [email protected] The Truth and Justice Committee chaired by lawyer and UP College of Law professor, Atty. Ma. Gabriela “Gaby” Concepcion, is now waiting for the complaints to be completed so they can act on the concerns while observing due process.