Domestic violence and sexual assault are two causes that I hold really true to my heart. October is domestic violence awareness month, so I have decided to use this month to educate the campus and do what I can to spread awareness.
I planned a series of LEAD events educating and highlight the cause. I have hosted two events so far, and both were very successful. My second event actually had 94 students in attendance, and it was amazing!
My first event was Friday, October 9. It was titled "Remember My Name." We read and analyzed a poem written over a decade ago, in 1995, by Kimberly A. Collins "Remember My Name." It is a poem that has been used by Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) observances to memorialize victims that have lost their lives to the horrific epidemic of domestic violence.
We went stanza by stanza and spoke about what the words meant and the impact they had. At the end, students wrote a poem of their own using their name. Each letter of their name was used to begin an adjective or sentence for what they want to be remembered by. We can be remembered for what we wish to be and not for being a victim.
On Thursday, October 15 I hosted my second event titled "A Brief Message." Students learned about the Brief Message campaign that combats domestic violence and sexual assault. Topics that will be highlighted were: domestic violence and sexual assault are crimes that will not be tolerated; freedom from violence and from the fear of violence is a basic right; sexual assault may accompany domestic violence; and general members of the community can do something about domestic violence. Students in attendance created a brief message of their own.
My next and final LEAD event I am hosting is Thursday, October 29. This event is a Ted Talk video. Leslie Morgan Steiner was in crazy love -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. There will be questions and a collaborative discussion to follow the video.
I am so lucky to attend an institution where I am able to put on events that I want and a huge thank you to Beth Oseroff for being the faculty sponsor for my events.
I would love comments on how to spread more awareness.
Thanks for reading!
My sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, held a "Big/Little" reveal last night. A "Little" is a new member of the chapter and a "Big" is an upperclassman who is often their mentor, guide or even best friend. Bigs and Littles are picked through a mutual selection process. After the Big finds out which new member is her Little, she keeps it a secret. The Big then leaves the Little gifts throughout the week of reveal with hints to who she is.
When the reveal is and how we reveal is also a secret. Last night, we told the new members we had something at the chapter house. When they arrived, there were shirts and socks left in their mailboxes to put on.
Our bid day theme was Wizard of Oz, and we tried to keep that theme with Big/Little Reveal. That's where the socks came into play. (When the house falls on the witch and all that is showing is her feet)
The Bigs all had shirts and socks that matched their Little. Between the living room and multipurpose room, we had a big blanket up. The Bigs were on one side, and the Littles and chapter member sat on the other. One by one, the Bigs stood behind the blanket, with their socks showing. The new member with the matching socks would then come to the other side of the blanket. The blanket was then dropped to reveal the Big/Little pair.
Following Big/Little, we always go to Denny's after all the excitement, almost 50 Alpha Chi's filled up the dining area!
My newest Little is Lauren Kasun, she is from Cedarburg, Wisconsin and is an Equestrian major. I am so happy to add her to my Greek family. Also in my Greek family is my first Little, Diana Lee. She has a Little, Katie Turner. Katie also received a new member as Little last night.
It was my last Big/Little, for it is my senior year, and I must say it was one for the books.
I can't believe it's almost October of my senior year at William Woods. The fun times have blown by so fast right in front of my face. I have really been striving to do everything that I haven't done yet, so I made a Fulton "Bucket List".
It's a collaborative list of things my friends and I want to do before our time in Fulton ends. After graduation, we will be going many directions; from grad schools and jobs all across the U.S. It is really hard to imagine life when I don't have all my friends within five minutes of me, so let's not think about it just yet.
One fun thing that we did was participate in the Churchill Color Challenge 5k. I had been working on my running all summer long and just so happened to see a poster for the 5k when I was at the YMCA one day. I immediately texted my other friends that love to run and we signed up.
While running the race, some familiar WWU faces threw color on us. And our friend, Baylie snapped a picture.
Closer to the end we passed two of our favorite faculty members/administrators, Drs. Venita Mitchell and Carrie McCray.
I am so proud that I was able to participate in something so awesome and so dear to the Fulton community. I look forward to many more 5ks in the future and more fun to be had in Fulton this year.
My throwback picture for the day is a real gem. I'm driving around like a mad woman with my poor brother in the passenger seat. It is funny because it seems like I would drive like this now, but I am definitely the opposite of that. I tend to be a very slow and steady, cautious driver. I really love this picture and this memory!
Seeing this picture got me excited about Greek awards tonight. At Greek awards, there are superlatives and one of the superlatives is "worst driver". I am obviously not the recipient of this award, but I do get to be the one to announce it! I am so excited to celebrate everyone's accomplishments while also seeing the reactions at the superlative winners.
Another vehicle I saw that got me excited today was the Food Bank Feeding America truck. At 1o the truck was unloaded by some Greek community members and high school volunteers. Seeing this truck means that they are unloading the food to make the Buddy Packs at Woods 101 tomorrow. I love that we have this event so that students and parents can help us make a difference in the world and get food to hungry children.
The word for this week is definitely excited! I am excited about everything that is going on and I am also excited for Woods 1o1 tomorrow and to meet all of you.