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With a mission to innovate consent practices–by providing key missing pieces–Laura Zam comprehensively engages students in their own safety. Missing pieces comprise three pillars: Harm Reduction Practice, Women’s Empowerment, and Healing for Survivors. As a relationship expert, intimacy solutions coach, and veteran arts-healing educator, Laura brings humor, stories, a background performing Off-Broadway, and next-level interactivity to help students thrive in relationships that form the foundation of future happiness and success.

 

 

 

KEYNOTES in THREE AREAS

 

Assault Prevention (All Genders) 

Improv Consent Education

Sexual misconduct programs often encounter limited buy-in and poor implementation—despite excellent content. In this keynote, which is 100% interactive, Laura guides students through structured, fun theater improvisations that give every participant the opportunity to practice consent and bystander intervention. Students troubleshoot obstacles, discover organic work-arounds, and create customized modifications. Participants walk away with vasty improved enthusiasm and comfort with affirmative consent and bystander intervention.

 

 

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Identify one obstacle they might encounter implementing affirmative consent
  • Identify one obstacle they might encounter intervening as a bystander
  • Create strategies for overcoming consent and bystander obstacles
  • Analyze strategies proposed by peers

The faculty and staff who brought Laura Zam to campus were thrilled. This is no mere brainstorming session with students — it is, rather, a pedagogically sound and well-shaped workshop that moves students from “What can we do to change the climate around sexual assault on campuses?” to “Here’s what we can do starting NOW!” I recommend this program most highly for any campus. 

April Lidinsky
Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Indiana University, South Bend

 

Assault Prevention: (Women and Non-Binary Students Only)

What’s Power Got to Do With It? Intersections of Desire, Boundaries and Empowerment

Because of societal expectations and norms, women and non-binary students are often at a disadvantage in recognizing and championing their own agenda. This can be especially dangerous in sexual situations where one party’s aggression can dominate and violate. In this special keynote for women and non-binary students, Laura helps participants deconstruct the ways power plays out in the bedroom. Using humor, stories, and interactive discussion, Laura helps students recognize their desires, cultivate their voice, and stand in their power when confronted with someone else’s agenda.  Students walk away with concrete strategies for Power-in-Action.

 

 

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Identify 4 Parts of Sexual Response Cycle (pertaining specifically to female bodies)
  • Quantify their current ability to express needs and boundaries
  • Create and practice 1 verbal phrase they can use to express interest
  • Create and practice 1 verbal phrase they can use to set sexual boundaries

“Laura brought tremendous value to Shenandoah University. Her thought-provoking presentation broadened o

ur students’ worldview. We are very happy we brought her to campus.”

Tracy Fitzsimmons
President, Shenandoah University 

Healing: Survivors

Reclaiming Body and Self after Sexual Trauma: Five Healing Hacks

This keynote addresses the needs of  students who’ve already experienced sexual assault. It also acknowledges the vast majority of women and gender Queer students who come to college having already experienced harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct. Using humor, vivid stories, and practical strategies from her book THE PLEASURE PLAN, Laura provides a concrete five-step model for healing that students may use in conjunction with therapy, or independently, to thrive in their recovery. In gaining this knowledge, students take control of their own healing.  Students walk away with a clear understanding of the sexual healing process—their own and that of people close to them.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Name 5 ways that trauma can have a lasting effect on a person’s life
  • Identify 1 way that trauma has a lasting effect on their own life, or that of someone they love
  • Create 1 daily habit to mitigate this trauma effect

“Laura is hysterical, even with this tough subject. She gave a fantastic presentation that everyone enjoyed. We also learned so much. I honestly never thought about these easy healing hacks. We all feel so inspired now.”

Kaylee Zou
Student Leadership, Johns Hopkins University
Student Assault Recovery Unit (SARU)

 

All keynotes includes excerpt from this one-person play, presented Off-Broadway.

 

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Director, Initiatives in Transformational Education
George Mason University