What does consent mean to you?

Building Consent @ UWaterloo

We are collecting submissions for the 2023 Consent Calendar!

Consent Calendar 2023-2024

The Consent Culture Calendar is a collaborative initiative between the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office (SVPRO) and the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA).

We hope to raise awareness about the support and services offered by SVPRO to those in the UWaterloo community who have experienced sexual violence or have been affected by it. The bright and warm calendar will also serve as a physical representation of our dedication to building a culture of consent at UWaterloo and provide a visual reminder of hope, healing and belonging while highlighting the creative, diverse, and innovative nature of our students. 


The first 6-8 weeks of the fall semester have been dubbed as “The Red Zone”.

This is the time students are most at risk of experiencing sexual violence while in university. 


Of 116,627 university respondents 63.2% of students have experienced some form of sexual harassment since the beginning of the academic year (Source).



We’re hoping to distribute 5000 calendars to students promoting consent culture across campus at designated booths during this upcoming Welcome Week in collaboration with SVPRO.

It all starts with a conversation.

2023 Themes

Building Consent Culture

Inspiring Hope and Healing

Providing Community Care

Supporting Others and Myself

Create your masterpiece

Let your imagination run wild and create an original piece of art that expresses your interpretation of consent.

You can choose any medium that suits your artistic style, whether it’s painting, drawing, digital art, sculpture, or mixed media. The possibilities are endless!


Take a high-quality photo/scan of your artwork or submit using the dropbox section.

Ensure that it clearly represents your creation and captures its essence. Fill out the submission form provided on our website, including your personal details and a brief artist statement explaining the inspiration behind your piece.

Review the rubric for more details.

By You, For You

This art contest is designed by students, for students.

The Consent Culture Calendar is a platform that celebrates your perspectives, talent, and artistic expression.


Why you should enter

By participating, you have the opportunity to showcase your unique artistic styles and personal interpretations of consent. It becomes a collective effort where students uplift and inspire one another, creating a sense of unity and solidarity within the student community.

Frequently Asked Questions

The art contest is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo. We encourage students from all disciplines and artistic backgrounds to participate and share their unique perspectives on consent.

The theme of the art contest is centered around consent. We encourage artists to explore various aspects of consent, such as communication, respect, boundaries, empowerment, and personal experiences related to consent. We are looking for art submissions to focus on:

· Building Consent Culture

· Inspiring Hope and Healing

· Providing Community Care

· Supporting others and myself

This year, we are specifically accepting online format submissions in the form of digital illustrations, photography, or short poems (with a maximum of 75 words). We encourage artists to showcase their unique perspectives and original creations in these formats.

For digital illustrations, we recommend a resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch) to ensure high-quality reproduction. Photographs should also be submitted at 300 dpi for optimal clarity and detail. Please note that specific sizes and specifications for website display will be provided closer to the submission deadline.

If you choose to submit a short poem, our graphic designers will work to create a visually appealing background that complements your words and maintains a consistent design aesthetic throughout the collection.

We value the importance of originality and personal expression. While repurposing existing artwork is acceptable, we encourage artists to infuse their submissions with their own unique style and perspectives. This ensures that each entry is distinctive, engaging, and reflective of the artist’s creativity.

We look forward to receiving your submissions, whether they are digital illustrations, photographs, or thoughtfully crafted poems. Let your artistic voice shine through and contribute to our collective celebration of consent awareness.

To submit your artwork, please use the drop box link here. Ensure that you follow the submission guidelines, including the required information, image specifications, and a brief artist statement explaining the inspiration behind your piece.

The winners will be selected through a judging process that utilizes a rubric comprising criteria such as the explanation behind the piece, adherence to the theme, submission criteria, and overall impression.

Additionally, a designated number of months in the calendar will be reserved for “People’s Choice,” where students will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artworks among the entries.

If your artwork is selected, it will be featured in the Consent Week Art Calendar. Selected artists will receive notification regarding their inclusion in the calendar and further instructions regarding any additional steps or requirements.

If you have any further questions or concerns about the Consent Week Art Contest, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email or visit our website for more information. We look forward to receiving your creative submissions!

Did we miss anything?

Reach out to us at advocacy@wusa.ca.

Ready to submit your work
for the 2023 Consent Culture Calendar?