Our Team


Dr. Frances (Frankie) Cachon, Acting Coordinator

FACULTY MEMBER – Women’s & Gender Studies

(519) 253-3000, Ext. 2205

Frankie is a feminist sociologist with a specialization in social justice. She joined the Bystander Initiative in 2015 and began facilitating Practical Strategies for Social Change during the Fall 2016 academic term. She is a longtime anti-sexual violence/anti-gender-based violence advocate, who is committed to cultivating transformative social change through post-secondary education. Dr. Cachon’s research interests include feminist pedagogies, youth-led advocacy/activism, and transnational social movements and migration.


Dr. Anne Forrest

Faculty Member – Women’s & Gender Studies

(519) 253-3000, Ext. 3113

Anne Forrest is an associate professor in 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.


Dr. Charlene Senn

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

(519) 253-3000, Ext. 2255

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.



Dr. Dusty Johnstone

Sexual Misconduct Response & Prevention Officer

(519) 253-3000, Ext. 4550

Dusty Johnstone, 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. Her doctoral research investigated unacknowledged rape and the processes by which women come to know, understand, and make meaning of their experiences of sexual violence. Dusty taught the two BI courses from 2011 to 2016 and developed condensed versions of these courses offered in the Faculty of Law.



Dr. Emily Rosser (on leave)

Faculty Member – Women’s & Gender Studies

(519) 253-3000, Ext. 2326

Emily Rosser joined the Bystander Initiative in 2016. Emily has been a longtime advocate for survivors, with experience in frontline crisis intervention and grassroots accountability initiatives at three different universities. Her past research focused on gender violence and the documentation of human rights violations in post-conflict Guatemala. In 2015-2016, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her current research and teaching at UWindsor bring anti-racist and intersectional approaches into dialogue with established bystander programming.



Our Partners


The UWindsor Bystander Initiative is supported and funded by:

  • Office of the President

  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Odette School of Business

  • Faculty of Law

  • Office of the Associate Vice-President, Student Experience


The Bystander Initiative at the University of Windsor works in collaboration with the Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.