Our mission is to address sexual violence in all its physical and virtual forms in university contexts. We achieve this through evidence-based research and partnered collaborations to inform policies that protect and support survivors and ensure due process for alleged perpetrators. Our project will facilitate the fostering of inclusive learning environments that are free of intersecting forms of discrimination and violence. Our partners, academics and graduate researchers are committed to creative, innovative and critical academic engagement through legal, arts and media literacy to mobilize sustainable and strategic policy and curriculum models that guide university leaders and their communities, and inspire society at large.

Douglas College IMPACTS Research Team

Faculty Members
  • Dr. Karyn Audet, Psychology
  • Dr. Carla Hotel, Criminology
  • Dr. Lisa Smith, Sociology
Student Research Assistants
  • Ana Brito
  • Seren Friskie

    Seren Friskie is an Indigenous student of Cree and Sto:lo ancestry, and in her third year of the Psychology program at Douglas College, as well as Thompson Rivers University. Seren grew up in Mission BC, and credits her personal journey, as well as family, for her passion in social activism. Seren works as a research assistant for a number of organizations, including UBC research hub SARAVYC: Stigma and Resiliency Among Vulnerable Youth Center, The Canadian Mental Health Association, McCreary Centre Society, and IMPACTS. Seren also is a member of various advisory committees, including Speakbox, a tech start-up that connects mental health professionals and patients in an open, community collaboration using app based technology. Her research interests include the Psychology of Media, Depression, Indigenous Feminisms, Adolescent Psychology, the Social and Individual Effects of Sexual Violence and much more. Outside of research, Seren volunteers her time as an Indigenous Youth Counselor, and as a Peoples Services Volunteer for the Canadian Red Cross. Seren loves hiking local BC trails and chasing the best views, taking photos of her travels, perfecting her needlepoint, and cooking up a new recipe for her family.  

  • Sunny Manhas

    Sunny has a diploma in community social service work from Douglas College and is continuing her education, completing a degree in social work. Sunny’s professional experience includes front line work with marginalized communities in local and international contexts. Specifically, Sunny worked with Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside population at an employment readiness program, in housing, at a meal service and in peer support roles. Her professional experience also includes working with a delegated Aboriginal agency in a family support role. In addition to this, Sunny has outreach experience in rural Uganda where she provided healthcare services. Although Sunny enjoys academic work, her most transformative learning occurs within community. Her interests include lived experiences and multiple ways of knowing, resilience, trauma informed care, anti-oppressive practice, intersectional feminisms, and structural, institutional and interpersonal violence. When she’s not studying or working Sunny is organizing in her community, or spending time with her family and friends.

Upcoming Events

What: Because We Are Girls Film Screening

When: March 26th, 2020, 6-9pm

Where: Douglas College, Aboriginal Gathering Room S4650. New Westminster BC.



What: Sexual Health, Sexual Experiences, and Unwanted Sexual Contact: A Presentation by Katelin Albert PhD

When: February 28th, 2020, 3-5pm

Where: Douglas College, Aboriginal Gathering Room S4650. New Westminster BC. 



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Douglas College works in partnership thanks to McGill University.

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