PULLMAN – Imagine a lifetime without violence. What would it take to make it real? WSU faculty, staff and students will contemplate answers to these questions as part of the YWCA of WSU Week Without Violence, Oct. 12 through Oct. 16.
Suzanne D. Hamada, program coordinator for YWCA of WSU, said if life without violence can be envisioned, the first steps towards making it a reality have already begun.
“The activities we have planned will encourage everyone to think about the values and behaviors that contribute to violence and are designed to empower our community to make a change,” she said.
All events are free and open to the public.
Events during the week include:
The Clothesline Project
Daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Glenn Terrell Mall
This is a visual display of a collection of more than 700 t-shirts that have been decorated by a victim of violence. Each t-shirt is a witness to the suffering and strength of someone associated with WSU who has been victimized. There will be an opportunity for individuals to come to the Women’s Resource Center, Room 1A to create their own shirt in privacy which then can be displayed on the Clothesline. Several student organizations on campus will volunteer with the display to take a stand against violence in our community.
Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery
Monday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with reception to follow in CADD (College of Communication Addition) Room 21
Washington State is a hotbed for a modern form of slavery – Human Trafficking – the recruitment, transportation and sale of people for labor. Azra Grudic, Anti-Human Trafficking coordinator at Lutheran Community Services Northwest in Spokane, will share information designed to educate about this emergent issue in our state. Grudic has earned both a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. She has been with Lutheran Community Services Northwest since July 2008, and previously served as a foster parent retention and recruitment specialist in their child welfare unit.
Crime Scene: Victims Rights & Myth Busting CSI
Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the CUB Lounge
This face-to-face forum with the WSU Police will explore the rights of victims with a special emphasis on crimes committed against women. The aspects of processing a crime scene will also be explored. This forum is co-sponsored by the WSU Police Advisory Board.
Let’s Talk About … Safety
Wednesday, Oct. 14 from noon to 1p.m. at the Women’s Resource Center, Room 1A
This brown-bag lunch forum will engage the WSU community in a discussion about safety on campus. The discussion will be moderated by Mary Anderson, the Women’s Resource Center’s safety advocate and volunteer coordinator, along with Kintisha Williams, coordinator of Crime Victim Services from the Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse.
Take Back the Night March
Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. on the Glenn Terrell Mall
The Take Back the Night March is an annual event, bringing together the Pullman and WSU community in solidarity against violence. It begins on the Glenn Terrell Mall and winds around campus, ending near the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. A short light vigil will follow the march, giving us a moment to reflect on the effects of violence on the lives of victims, survivors, family, friends and the larger community.
2008 marked the 25th anniversary of this event on the WSU Pullman campus. Each year, more than 500 students, faculty, staff and community members take part in the march. This event is co-sponsored by the Coalition for Women Students.
Building Bridges- Multicultural Showcase
Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum
Building Bridges has been a part of WSU’s agenda for 15 years. It is a multicultural showcase displaying the diversity of cultures which enrich our community. All five member organizations of the Coalition for Women Students give performances that raise awareness about the unique challenges their community face as well as celebrate their strengths.
The Coalition for Women Students is made up of the Association of Pacific and Asian Women, Black Women’s Caucus, Mujeres Unidas, Native American Women’s Association and the YWCA of WSU. The production celebrates women united in our multicultural community, without constraints, censorship, assumptions or stereotypes. This production is organized by the Association of Pacific and Asian Women.