Events bring awareness to gender-based violence

The Gender & LGBTQIA Center, with campus and community partners, coordinates many events for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Supporting Survivors week.

Did you know that February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month? Mark your calendars and share with your students the awareness and education events below. Event topics include healthy relationships, supporting survivors of gender-based violence, consent, and men’s leadership for gender equity.

Hearts & Crafts – Friday, February 14 4:00pm-6:00pm – Gender & LGBTQIA Center (Moseley 211)

This Valentine’s Day, join the Gender & LGBTQIA Center for crafting, food, and socializing while learning about healthy relationships.

The Vagina Monologues – Friday, February 14 6:30pm & 9:00pm – Whitley Auditorium

Elon University’s annual production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” presented by EFFECT. Admission is $5 (cash and venmo only). No reservations needed. Proceeds benefit CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response & Resource Center of Alamance County. A catered reception for the student performers will be held in Steers Pavilion between the shows (around 8 p.m.), sponsored by the Women’s, Gender, & Sexualities Studies program. All are welcome.

Foundations of Trauma – Tuesday, February 18 4:00pm-5:00pm – Moseley 217

Are we missing the bigger picture? A person’s natural response to an intense or scary life event can take form in a breadth of ways that are often unseen and/or misunderstood. Ryan M. Graumann, LCMHC, CCTP will shed light on the nuances of a trauma response and how to best understand and support someone living in the wake of a traumatic experience. Campus and community support resources will also be identified and discussed in detail. Sponsored by Counseling Services and the Gender & LGBTQIA Center.

In addition to these events, the last week of the month, Monday, February 24 through Sunday, March 1, is our semi-annual Supporting Survivors Week sponsored by University departments, academic courses, student organizations and community partners.

Consensual Cupcakes – Monday, February 24 12:30pm-2:30pm – Moseley Kitchen

Join SPARKS Peer Education and the Gender & LGBTQIA Center to make cupcakes and learn more about the components of consent. Come decorate your own cupcake, pick up safer sex supplies, and enter to win limited-edition swag.

Trauma-Informed Yoga – Wednesday, February 26 5:30pm-6:30pm – McBride Gathering Space (Numen Lumen Pavilion) 

Join the Gender & LGBTQIA Center for a trauma-informed yoga flow class with Allison Agresti, LPC, LCAS from Counseling Services. Advocacy resources and yoga mats will be provided!

Step Up Leadershop – Wednesday, February 26 5:30pm-7:30p – Koenigsberger Learning Center 125

The Step Up Leadershop will help you act on your values by learning skills and strategies to respond in tough situations around biased language, substance use, hazing, and sexual violence. The Step Up Leadershop is sponsored by the Center for Leadership.

Survivor Support Allies 101 Workshop – Thursday, February 27 12:00pm-1:30pm – Oaks 212 

The Survivor Support Allies program is a cohort of faculty and staff who have been trained to support student survivors of gender-based harassment and violence. This workshop will provide training for faculty and staff to respond positively to disclosures, provide compassionate support, and share knowledge about campus options and resources for survivors. Training will include definitions and patterns of gender-based violence and resources available at Elon and in the Alamance community. A buffet lunch will be provided for those registered. Sponsored by the Office of Leadership & Professional Development, the Gender & LGBTQIA Center, and the Center for Equity & Inclusive Excellence. Register for Survivor Support Allies

Take Back the Night – Thursday, February 27 – 5:00pm-7:00pm 

        Speak-Out – 5:00pm-6:00pm – Whitley Auditorium

        Reception & Resource Fair – 6:00pm-7:00pm – Steers Pavilion 

Take Back the Night centers the experiences of survivors of gender-based violence, harassment, and abuse. Survivors from the campus and community are invited to share their stories in a confidential space surrounded by supportive friends, allies, and advocates. Confidential advocates will be available throughout the event to provide individual support. A reception in Steers Pavilion will follow the speak-out. Many campus and community resources, including confidential Violence Response, CrossRoads, Family Abuse Services, Counseling Services, the Title IX Office, the Gender & LGBTQIA Center, and student organizations will be present.

Men’s Leadership for Gender Equity Conference – Sunday, March 1 1:30pm-5:30pm – Alumni Gym & Moseley Center 

Join us for a half-day conference that promotes healthy masculinities and men’s engagement in efforts for gender equity on campus and in their daily lives. Breakout sessions led by campus and the community experts about identity, allyship, bystander intervention, and cultural competency will follow the keynote speaker. This opportunity is open to students of all genders. Be on the lookout for a special announcement about the keynote speaker and registration next week!

This conference is made possible through support from Leadership Fellow Tim Boles’ Common Good Project, the Hilaire Pickett Grant, the Gender & LGBTQIA Center, the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Lecture Fund, the Student Government Association, the Title IX Office, the Center for Equity & Inclusive Excellence, the Interfraternity Council, and Women’s, Gender & Sexualities Studies.

For more information, you can follow the GLC’s events on Facebook or PhoenixCONNECT. Thanks so much and please reach out to the Gender & LGBTQIA Center if you have any questions!