Manhattan College to Hold Inaugural Women’s Lasallian Conference

The conversation on Friday, April 7 will center on sexual assault prevention and incorporating mission-based ideals and values.

On Friday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Manhattan College will host its first annual Women’s Lasallian Conference in room 5A of the Kelly Commons. The conference will focus on Lasallian approaches to sexual assault prevention.

The keynote speaker will be Megan McCabe, a doctoral candidate in theological ethics at Boston College, who will discuss mission-based approaches to transforming rape culture on Catholic campuses. Elaine Garbaty of the North Bronx Sexual Assault Response Unit will also share information on local resources and a representative of End Rape on Campus will discuss Title IX legislation.

During the forum, students, faculty, and administrators will engage in conversation about women’s resources on campus, women in the Lasallian mission, and the potential changes to campus sexual assault policy at the federal and state levels of government.

An additional goal of the conference is to spark conversation about the establishment of a Manhattan College Women’s Resource Center. The proposition for such a center was made by the College’s Lasallian Women’s Resource Committee, a group dedicated to providing resources, information, and a space to discuss issues that affect female students. The group’s aim is to promote equality and inclusivity on campus while incorporating Lasallian ideals and values.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics, Student and Faculty Development, the Office of Student Life, Human Resources, Women and Gender Studies, and Catholic Studies. Lunch will be provided, and a hands-on training will be offered in the afternoon.

For more information about this event, please contact Jordan Pascoe, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, at or at (718) 862-7326.

By Pete McHugh