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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities

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The Monument Quilt is an on-going collection of stories which creates a public healing space by and for survivors of rape and abuse.  You can help create Colorado College’s contribution to this national project.  Your square and voice will join thousands of others in a display on the national mall. Workshops for the entire community will be held on April 5 (3:30pm in the Wellness Resource Center), April 14 (2pm in Upstairs Worner), and April 19 (12pm in the Wellness Resource Center).  a workshop for the CC Queer Community will be held on April 7 (4pm in the Wellness Resource Center).  

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There will be a BADASS Active Bystander Intervention Training on April 20 at 6pm in McHugh Commons.  Learn about the issues that face many members of our community (such as sexual violence, discrimination, substance abuse and mental illness), strategies for overcoming barriers to action, and the skills to take action to help create a safe, healthy and inclusive community. 

Denim Day 2016Denim Day is a sexual violence prevention education campaign that raises community awareness about the devastating impacts of sexual violence and how to prevent it. Inspired by Italian Parliamentarians’ action of wearing jeans on the steps of the Supreme Court following the overturning of a rape conviction, Denim Day in LA was born in April 1999. Over the years the campaign has expanded into an international movement to end sexual violence. Last year over 11 million individuals in 118 countries were reached through this campaign.
+ Wear denim on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

There is No Excuse and Never An Invitation to Rape.

Campus Clarity Program Teaches Students to 

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Drugs, alcohol, harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault — these are some of the unique challenges and responsibilities confronting young adults as they enter college life. CC is now taking even greater steps to arm students with the knowledge they need to confront tough issues through new interactive programming that enriches education and training already in place. This year’s incoming class is the first to participate in Campus Clarity: Think About It.

The program is research-based and created for students by students with the goal of providing relatable information through a convenient, video-heavy curriculum that will empower students to make informed decisions.

“As students transition to Colorado College, we have a unique opportunity to introduce them to the community while speaking candidly about the interconnectedness of alcohol, drugs, and relationships,” said Cesar Cervantes, assistant dean of students. “Campus Clarity helps us educate our students to make informed choices, communicates our expectations of community members, and does so in an engaging format that includes introductions to the many resources available on campus.”

Right now, students are in the second of three phases of an interactive journey that began more than three months ago. That’s when first year students initially began the online portion of the Campus Clarity program prior to New Student Orientation. The programming enhances on-campus educational opportunities. This semester, those included “Tigers in the Bedroom: Not Your Mama’s Sex Education;” a screening of the recovery-focused film “The Anonymous People;” “The Economics of Domestic Violence;” a dinner and a movie partnership with USAFA cadets, and programming focused specifically on sexual and relationship health, intimate partner violence, and substance use and abuse.

“Sexual assault and substance abuse are issues that we know can profoundly affect our students.  Campus Clarity provides us with a tool to reach out to our students on these topics even before they arrive on campus,” said Heather Horton, director of the Wellness Resource Center. “Additionally, we know that people learn best when they experience information in a variety of modalities and contexts. This program engages students with an interactive electronic format, complementing the in-person programs we provide for students throughout the year.”

The reporting functionality on the back end of the program serves as a valuable resource for campus leaders as they strive to develop services and programming in areas where students need it most. While the program provides specific education and peer-to-peer-focused learning, Horton and Cervantes say the entire CC community plays a role in supporting students. There are ways for faculty and staff to get involved. The Understanding Our Students professional development series through Excel@CC is designed to equip staff and faculty to better engage with students around these topics. You’re invited to attend “Off Label: the Pharmacology of Prescription Drug Abuse,” a presentation by Lori Driscoll, professor of psychology, Dec. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in Gates Common Room. Any department may learn more about our B.A.D.A.S.S. Bystander Intervention Campaign by arranging a time with the Wellness Resource Center for an introductory workshop. Faculty and staff can participate in the Mental Health First Aid trainings offered periodically throughout the academic year. The Wellness Resource Center will also organize eight-hour trainings for any department or office.

Additionally, Cervantes and Horton were recently awarded a grant from the Colorado Coalition of Campus Alcohol and Drug Educators to support the implementation of evidence-based practices and programming on campus. As grant recipients, they will have access to training and technical assistance toward alcohol and drug prevention efforts at no cost, and will receive a stipend to assist with program implementation and travel to the CADE Annual Training.



Ongoing Projects:

Announcing The Press Project!  This collaborative, social justice-focused project was conducted in the Fall of 2012.  You can learn more about the project and see the posters created by the students by clicking on the PowerPoint below (just view in full screen and click through the slides):

The Press Project Summary

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