Experiential Learning Project

Possibility Seeds’ Courage to Act project led the first national research-to-action project on sexual harassment faced by students in experiential learning contexts (e.g. internships, practicums, placements, and co-ops) at the post-secondary level.

Students are especially vulnerable to sexual harassment in the workplace as a result of power differentials between students and employers, supervisors, and instructors. Students also rely on experiential learning opportunities to complete their education and gain employment post-graduation. Sexual harassment should never be the price students pay to enter their industry. Possibility Seeds created several strategies, resources, and tools for post-secondary institutions, staff, students, and experiential learning providers to address this urgent issue.

Project Resources

Download and share our suite of free practical tools and resources, including a model for responding to disclosures of sexual harassment and violence in professional settings; a workbook for building protocols to respond to sexual harassment and violence in experiential learning; and policy and legislative recommendations to protect students from sexual harassment and violence in experiential learning contexts.

New Release! Final Report:

This report shares findings from the Sexual Harassment in Experiential Learning (EL) Research-to-Action Project, including two national surveys (one of students, staff, and faculty and one of employers and EL providers); a case study conducted at a Canadian Post-Secondary Institution (PSI); and environmental scans of the legislative and policy landscape. It also offers promising practices and recommendations for PSIs; EL providers; and government bodies at the provincial, territorial and federal levels.

It is the fourth and final piece in our suite of resources to help keep students in EL safer.

(French release coming soon!)

Curious about our resources? Want to implement them at your institution or organization? 

The Research Team

Britney De Costa (she/her)
Project Lead


Andréanne St-Gelais (she/her/elle) Bilingual Project Coordinator

Farrah Khan (she/her)
Project Advisor

Laxana Paskaran (she/her)
Research Assistant

Noémie Veilleux (she/her/elle)
Bilingual Research Assistant

Tess Hopkins (she/they)
MSW Placement Student

Community Partners

Resources for Support

Find resources, support, and information on sexual harassment in your province or territory.