WRC Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award Recipient
Emily Leedham has a women's studies degree with a minor english frim the University of Calgary. Emily has organized events and programs to benefit students. In 2013, she co-founded the Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club (CASE). Under her leadership, the club’s achievements included changing the security advisory to remove victim blaming language, arranging for bystander intervention training for all staff at the campus bar, and running public awareness campaigns during major events to educate students on how to practice consent at times when sexual assault is more likely to occur.
Emily’s compassion for victims of violence has led her to take a leadership role in educating others about the importance of this issue. One of her most significant roles as a leader has been her service on the ad-hoc subcommittee for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence. She also had a key role in the development of UCalgary’s three-year sexual assault prevention program, Creating a Culture of Consent, in partnership with the Women’s Resource Centre.
Emily has co-hosted a feminist talk radio show, Yeah, What She Said on CJSW 90.9 FM for two years, showcasing feminist activism in the city. She has also hosted the International Women's Day Festival and a panel on female comic creators at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. She is passionately engaged in provincial and student politics, and currently represents the Faculty of Arts in the Students' Union. Emily not only rises to the challenge, but also brings valuable wisdom and experience to the table that directly impacts the governance of the university, and has helped transform campus into a safer place for targets of sexual violence and harassment.