On April 17, Gov. Dannel Malloy joined more than 150 Eastern students, faculty and staff in the "Walk a Mile In Her Shoes" march. Eastern President Elsa Núñez introduced Malloy, commending him for his "bold vision on education," and praising his stewardship of the state.
Malloy said sexual assault and violence are important issues for him personally, as he spent the first 18 months of his career investigating rapes and sexual assaults. He said his wife, Kathy, also has long supported sexual assault and violence victims, as former executive director of the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education.
The walk began in front of the Student Center, proceeded to downtown Willimantic and came back up High Street to campus. "Walk a Mile In Her Shoes" was coordinated by Eastern's Women's Center to raise awareness of sexual assault and violence towards women. Other events focusing on sexual violence during the week included "My Story, Your Story, Our Stories" on April 19; and "Revolutionary Balladry" on April 18, all part of Eastern's "Take Back the Night," where students discussed social issues such as rape, domestic violence and sexual abuse.