Bystander Initiative | Our BI Team at UWindsor
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Our BI Team at UWindsor

Dr. Emily Rosser

Professor and Learning Specialist – Women’s and Gender Studies

Emily Rosser

Dr. Emily Rosser is the coordinator of the Bystander Initiative. Her background is in Women’s and Gender Studies, with a research focus on transnational feminist activism against gender violence. She has worked and published on this issue in the context of postwar activism in Guatemala, and student activism for safer university campuses. As a former crisis intervention volunteer, Emily continues to be a strong advocate for survivor-centered policy and practice. She will teach the two courses associated with the BI: Practical Strategies for Social Change: Intervening to Prevent Sexual Assault, and Practicum in Social Change.


401 Sunset Avenue Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4

University of Windsor
(519) 253-3000, ext. 2326

Dr. Anne Forrest

Director of Women’s and Gender Studies – University of Windsor

Anne Forrest is Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Windsor. Her field of research is collective bargaining and labour relations. With Dr. Charlene Senn, she is the co-creator of the UWindsor Bystander Initiative to Mitigate Sexual Assault on Campus. Her involvement in the Bystander Initiative stems from her commitment to educational equity and student-led organizational change.


(519)253-3000, ext. 2315


Dr. Charlene Senn

Faculty Member – Department of Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies

Charlene Senn is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and cross-appointed to Women’s and Gender Studies. She’s a national expert in the study of violence against women with a particular focus on sexual assault interventions developing women’s capacity to resist sexual assault. She co-created the Windsor Bystander Initiative to Mitigate Sexual Assault on Campus which is funded through the University’s Strategic Priority Fund.



(519)-253-3000, ext. 2255


Dr. Dusty Johnstone

Professor and Sexual Misconduct Response & Prevention Officer

Dusty Johnstone, PhD, is the Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention Officer at the University of Windsor. She provides advocacy and support to members of the University community who have experienced sexual violence. Dusty is a graduate of the Applied Social Psychology program at the University of Windsor. Her doctoral research focused on qualitatively investigating unacknowledged rape and the processes by which women come to know, understand, and make meaning of their experiences of sexual violence. Dusty has been actively involved with sexual assault prevention at the University of Windsor, and was coordinator of the Bystander Initiative from 2011-2016. During this time, she taught Practical Strategies for Social Change and Practicum in Social Change and developed condensed versions of these courses to be offered in the Faculty of Law. She continues to coordinate sexual violence education for the broader campus community on topics such as negotiating consent and trauma-informed responding to disclosures of sexual violence.


401 Sunset Avenue Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
(519) 253-3000, ext. 4550


Stefan Branov, MSW

Clinical Social Worker – The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County

Stefan Branov, MSW, is a Clinical Social Worker at The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. He became involved with the Bystander Initiative as an undergraduate in Social Work at the University of Windsor and was among the first cohort of students to faciltate the BITB® workshop. Stefan has continued his involvement as an experienced facilitator and is responsible for co-teaching each BITB® workshop facilitators each semester as part of the Practicum in Social Change.