Consent and Authentic Connection

September 19 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mayser Gymnasium

  • Shafia Zaloom, Health Educator, Urban School of San Francisco

Shafia Zaloom
Health Educator, Urban School of San Francisco

Shafia Zaloom’s “Real. Relevant. Ready.” approach to consent education focuses on the complexities of teen culture and decision making through straight-forward, open and honest dialogue. As college campuses wrestle with issues of sexual harassment and assault, it is more important than ever that people learn about and embrace opportunities to understand consent. Zaloom’s work focuses on human development, healthy communities, ethics, and social justice.  She just published the book "Sex, Teens, and Everything in Between: The New and Necessary Conversations Today's Teenagers Need to Have about Consent, Sexual Harassment, Healthy Relationships, Love, and More." 

Zaloom is a health educator and consultant who has worked with thousands of children and their families in her role as teacher, coach, administrator, board member, and outdoor educator. She is currently the health teacher at the Urban School in San Francisco, and develops curricula and trainings for schools across the country. She was honored by the San Francisco Giants Foundation in 2018 for her work with Aim High, a program that expands opportunities for students from low-income neighborhoods and their teachers through tuition-free summer learning enrichment. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, and PBS. She lives in California with her husband and three children.

This event was proposed by the Committee on Sexual Misconduct and is sponsored by 

Title IX Office, Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, Alice Drum Women’s Center, LGBTQ Student Life, Student Affairs Office and the Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Common Hour enables the entire Franklin & Marshall College community to gather for culturally and academically enriching events at midday each Thursday during the academic year. This opportunity to engage in a campus-wide dialogue originates with Common Hour and then extends beyond the confines of 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. into classrooms, house commons, dining halls and beyond.