Garnet Chargers to go "Purple" for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Office of Title IX is collaborating with a number of campus and community partners to raise awareness for domestic violence through special events.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Like Purple Thursday (Oct. 19), when Garnet Chargers go purple! This national day of action is an opportunity for everyone on campus to wear purple, be a voice and start a conversation about domestic violence. Or Take Back the Night (also Oct. 19), which helps the entire Schenectady community come together to support survivors and those who advocate on their behalf.

Other events provide opportunities for faculty, staff and students to work on skill building and learn about support services. Like Breaking Up Safely or the Wellness Fair, both Oct. 4.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an essential period of targeted programming that truly makes a difference. Early intervention through support services, safety planning or community referrals can change and save the lives. We are so appreciative of all the community partners, campus organizations and student groups that help promote education and programming this month. "
-Mary Simeoli, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equal Opportunity

Upcoming Events

Oct. 4:

  • Breaking Up Safely, Common hour, Beuth 104: Sponsored by the YWCA and the Office of Violence Against Women grant coordinator

  • Wellness Fair, 4-6 p.m., West Beach: Featuring Planned Parenthood, the YWCA, Title IX, Wicker Wellness and the Office of Violence Against Women grant coordinator

Oct. 12

  • Empowerment Breakfast with Women’s U, 9-11 a.m., Edison Club: Discounted tickets ($25) available for students

Oct. 16

Escalation Workshop
  • The Escalation Workshop, 5:30 p.m., CPH Ballroom: This workshop by the One Love Foundation helps participants learn about the relationship and death of Yeardly Love, for whom the foundation is named. View a short film and participate in a facilitated discussion. This training is for undergraduate students and is sponsored by the Office of Title IX and the Eppler-Wolff Counseling Center.

Oct. 16-20

  • Awareness and Resource Tabling in Reamer Campus Center: Stop by for resources and information on programs, and get your purple ribbon in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Oct. 17

  • Spill the Tea, Unity Lounge, 6 p.m.: The Office of Intercultural Affairs will host a student-led, candid discussion focused on Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Students will share statistics about dating and domestic violence and facilitate a discussion about depictions of domestic violence in popular culture.

Oct. 19

  • Purple Thursday is an opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence and an easy way for people to show their commitment to promoting healthy relationships. Please join us in wearing purple! Take a picture of your purple outfit or your purple ribbon and tag us (@uniontitleix) or use the hashtags #ItsUptoUnion and #PurpleThursday.

  • Take Back The Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., YWCA (44 Washington Ave., Schenectady, N.Y.):The YWCA of Northeastern New York hosts this annual march. It uplifts the fearless movers, innovative shakers, passionate trailblazers and brave survivors, who are working tirelessly to organize voices, disrupt systems and eliminate barriers around the issue of domestic violence to ensure our community is a safe and supportive space for survivors

Oct. 20

  • It Happens Here, Olin Courtyard: Women's Union will host their annual program, It Happens Here. They will share anonymous accounts submitted by students to raise awareness about the reality of interpersonal violence on campus.

Oct. 26

  • It's Up to U, 5 p.m., Hale house: Learn how to identify potential moments of harm and how to intervene to create a safer and more inclusive campus community during It’s Up to U Bystander Intervention Training.