#ElonEmpowers Social Norms Campaign
Elon Empowers is a social media campaign hosted through the GLC’s Instagram to prevent sexual violence through giving students tangible ways to make Elon a safer place for everyone. The campaign will take place on Instagram throughout the month of October, both on the GLC’s Instagram page and on the accounts of our 20+ campus partners.
During Elon senior, Angela Myers’ Lumen research on the rhetoric of sexual violence prevention, Myers discovered many students believed sexual violence wasn’t something they could prevent and students didn’t have the rhetorical tools needed to address this issue in their lives. Inspired by these research findings, she paired up with the GLC to create Elon Empowers.
The GLC partners across campus to support, advocate and educate the Elon community around gender and LGBTQIA identities. Their goal is to create an inclusive campus and in the age of COVID, that includes creating connections while social distancing.
The campaign is divided up into four themed weeks:
- Week one promotes the idea that prevention is possible
- Week two gives small, tangible steps students can take in their everyday lives to prevent sexual violence
- Week three discusses effective communication strategies around the issue
- Week four highlights the campaign’s partner organizations and ways students can get involved further with sexual violence prevention at Elon
The campaign hopes to reframe how students think about sexual violence. Elon Empowers is an important step towards how the GLC and the larger Elon community can reimagine prevention work on and off campus.
Check out @elonglc on Instagram for more about this campaign!
The Center for Equity and Inclusive Excellence, Gender & LGBTQIA Center, and Title IX Office collaborate closely with campus and community partners to create messaging and programming towards the prevention of gender-based violence, including sexual and relationship violence, harassment and stalking. Their prevention efforts include:
- Haven online education program required for all new students
- HealthEU skits at New Student Orientation with small-group discussion facilitated by Orientation Leaders
- Required training for RA’s, Orientation Head Staff and Leaders, Greek House Captains and other key student leadership roles on bystander intervention skills, best practices for consent supporting survivors and campus resources for support, advocacy and reporting
- Peer education workshops for Elon 101 classes, athletic teams, Greek organizations, residence hall floors and various other student cohorts on topics such as healthy relationships, consent, bystander intervention and supporting survivors
- Workshops from professional staff about gender roles, pop culture and rape culture
Supporting Survivors Week events each semester
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month events during October (These Hands Don’t Hurt, Couples Chemistry, etc.)
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month events during April (including Take Back the Night)
For more information prevention efforts, check out the Gender and LGBTQIA Center website
To get involved, please contact Julia Metz, Coordinator for Violence Response, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Becca Bishopric Patterson, Assistant Director for the Gender & LGBTQIA Center at email@example.com or visit the GLC website.