Take Back the Night: Thank You

Post Contributor: Erika Sanchez
On behalf of the Women’s Center, we thank everyone for their assistance and participation in Take Back the Night. The event provided a safe environment where students could feel comfortable in speaking up about their experiences, witness the many people on campus who support them, and learn about the various resources that are available. With persistent focus, leadership, and action, we united to help give voice to victims and bystanders of violence. However, the conversation does not end there. Together we must continue our eorts in ending sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and stalking within our communities. We look forward to seeing you next semester and hope you will join us again next year as we take back the night!

If you, or someone you know, have experienced sexual assault, stalking, or other forms of interpersonal violence such as dating and domestic violence, we encourage you to seek out supportive services. Eastern has a Sexual Assault & Interpersonal Violence Response Team (SAIV-RT) available to give guidance, support, and information. If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to visit www.easternct.edu/saiv or speak with the Coordinator of the SAIV-RT, Starsheemar Byrum at byrums@easternct.edu or (860) 465-4314.

Take Back the Night: A Reflection

Post Contributor: Ami Jallow
Personally, Take Back the Night was one of my favorite events of this semester. It was an event that allowed us to be open and vulnerable to complete strangers. It was very inspirational how we were all able to connect because we had either gone through, or knew someone that had gone through, some kind of abuse. I appreciated this event because it allowed a very different outlet for me to share my personal experiences. Take Back the Night reminded me why I wanted to work and be associated with the Women’s Center in the first place. We are here to provide a safe space, a haven on campus, for anyone from all walks of life to be comfortable enough to share their past, present and futures. I, personally, want to thank everyone that attended. It takes a lot to confide in people we have never met before. I want to thank you all for giving me an opportunity to heal further. God bless.

If you, or someone you know, have experienced sexual assault, stalking, or other forms of interpersonal violence such as dating and domestic violence, we encourage you to seek out supportive services. Eastern has a Sexual Assault & Interpersonal Violence Response Team (SAIV-RT) available to give guidance, support, and information. If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to visit www.easternct.edu/saiv or speak with the Coordinator of the SAIV-RT, Starsheemar Byrum at byrums@easternct.edu or (860) 465-4314.

Welcome Back

The Spring 2015 semester just kicked off this week and we’re happy to see everyone back! We’re also excited to share the new Cultural Celebrations Calendar. There are plenty of events on it that discuss a variety of topics, thanks to the collaboration between the Women’s Center, Intercultural Center, Pride Room, CAB, and other departments. We will be blogging about the events in more detail as they get closer. We also plan to have post-event reflections written by our Student Ambassadors, discussing the events in case you missed them. For now, we want to highlight the upcoming events put on by the Women’s Center:

  • A Way with Words
  • The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker
  • HIV: A Life Sentence
  • Ella T. Grasso Distinguished Service Awards
  • A Talk with Duane de Four
  • Save Wiyabi Project
  • Take Back the Night

There will be even more events throughout the semester, that weren’t able to make it onto the Cultural Celebrations Calendar. So stay tuned!