Noted National Lecturer Dr. Keith Edwards to Visit Middletown Campus for Two Sessions on Oct. 5

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The SUNY Orange Wellness Center will welcome Dr. Keith Edwards, a noted national speaker on the prevention of sexual violence, to the College’s Middletown campus on Thursday, Oct. 5 for two sessions of his impactful 90-minute presentation “Ending Rape: Creating a Culture of Consent.”

Edwards will appear in the Gerry Forum of the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering at 11 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. The afternoon session will be streamed to Tower Building Room 307 on SUNY Orange’s Newburgh campus. Admission is free and both presentations are open to the general public.

Edwards’ nationally recognized, award-winning, and research-proven presentation will offer specific strategies and practices that can be implemented to change the culture around rape on campus. Edwards will identify ways in which men can help end campus rape, and will empower all college students to recognize those messages that foster a rape culture on campus and in society at large.

Participants will gain a clear understanding of the concepts of consent and receive strategies that will allow them to contribute to ending rape according to their own comfort levels. Over the past 15 years, Edwards has spoken and consulted at more than 150 colleges and universities, presented more than 150 programs at national conferences, and has written more than 15 articles or book chapters on sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, social justice education, curricular approaches, and leadership. He has received national recognition and awards for his research, writing and speaking.

Edwards recently co-chaired the American College Personnel Association’s Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence Prevention in Higher Education and co-edited the publication “Beyond Compliance: Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education.” He is currently co-editing a book on sexual violence prevention and response in higher education, and has hosted a TEDx Talk on ending rape.

He served as the director of campus life at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., from 2007 through 2015, where he provided leadership for the areas of residential life, dining and card services, campus conduct, student activities, leadership development, orientation, sexual violence prevention, student learning and assessment, and Title IX investigations. He was an affiliate faculty member in the Leadership in Student Affairs program at the University of St. Thomas, where he taught graduate courses on diversity and social justice in higher education for eight years.

Edwards received his bachelor’s degree in social studies, as well as an education minor and teaching license, from Hamline University. He earned his master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University and his doctorate from the College Student Personnel Administration program at the University of Maryland.

This presentation is jointly sponsored by the College’s Wellness Center and the Mental Health Association of Orange County, Inc.

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Mike Albright
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