The Bay College Diversity Team is teaming with Escanaba’s Tri County Safe Harbor women’s shelter and the Iron Mountain’s Caring House to celebrate October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Director of Student Life, Dave Laur, states, “Domestic violence affects the lives of many students and staff at the college and in our community. These activities provide a way for survivors to show others that they are strong and not alone, and that there is help and compassion for anyone who may be experiencing domestic violence or have loved ones who are going through it. “
Members of Tri-County Safe Harbor will be available on Bay’s Escanaba campus on Monday, October 24th
, Tuesday, October 25th
, and Wednesday October 26th
from 10am to 2pm in Bay Café. At Bay West, members of the Caring House will be available on Thursday, October 20th
from 11am to 1pm in The Atrium. Both organizations will be present to discuss and provide resources available for survivors of domestic violence, as well as resources for those who have loved ones who may need support.
Escanaba’s Campus will also participate in the Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project honors women who have survived or been the victims of intimate violence. Any woman who has experienced such violence, at any time in her life, is encouraged to design a shirt. Victim and Survivors’ families and friends are also invited to participate. Through this project, victims are able to decorate a t-shirt as a vehicle to express their stories, emotions, and testimonies against domestic violence. Supplies to make shirts will be available in Café Bay from 10am to 2pm on October 24 through October 26. Completed shirts will be displayed on the clothesline in the Café and Bay’s new HUB building. More information about the Clothesline Project can be found at http://www.clotheslineproject.org/
Additionally, the Bay College Library has a research guide available on their website (http://library.baycollege.edu/dva
), which includes links to videos, articles, and websites concerning domestic violence.
The Diversity Committee, consisting of faculty and staff from Bay’s Escanaba and Iron Mountain campuses, was reformed in the Spring of 2013 in an effort to promote and celebrate diversity through events and resources available both on and off Bay College’s campuses. October kicks off the first in a series of monthly celebrations.
All Bay College students and faculty are encouraged to participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information about the Diversity Committee and future programming, contact Joseph Mold at (906) 217-4246 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org