Want to get involved in sexual violence prevention efforts on campus? Check out examples of some of the events that happen on campus each year during April as part of Sexual Violence Prevention Month, sponsored by the Macalester College Office of Title IX & Equity.

April is recognized across the country as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but we have “re-branded” this month at Macalester College to encourage our campus community to aim beyond just an awareness of this issue. Awareness alone is a passive state; but if we are aiming to end sexual violence, we all need to commit to actively engage in ongoing prevention efforts.

Questions about events? Email Sexual Violence Prevention Program Coordinator Laura Linder-Scholer at llinders@macalester.edu. You can also click on the icon to the left to display a readable, print-ready version of the complete April events calendar.

April 9-13: Donation Drive for Women’s Advocates

Monday, April 9th – Friday, April 13th: Women’s Advocates was the nation’s very first domestic violence shelter for women and children, and still provides important services to our community from their nearby location on Grand Avenue. You can help support the women and children at Women’s Advocates by donating the following NEW items:

  • Children’s scissors and glue sticks
  • Markers, crayons, and colored pencils
  • Journals and notebooks
  • Stress-relief coloring books
  • Earbud-style headphones
  • Women’s slippers and socks
  • All sizes of children’s socks
  • Baby bottles and baby wipes
  • Mascara, eyeliner, body lotion, chapstick

Donations will be collected Monday through Friday in bins located near the entrances to the Library, Leonard Center, DML, CRSL, and Olin-Rice Hub.

Thursday, April 12: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Thursday, April 12th from 5:50-6:50 p.m. (Studio 1, Leonard Center): Certified instructor Sarah Super will lead a free session of trauma-sensitive yoga for students. This yoga practice is a mind-body healing modality for those who have experienced trauma, violence, or PTSD; it has no hands-on assists and uses choice-based language. You can learn more about the practice at traumasensitiveyoga.com, and Sarah will also open the session with an introduction to the practice.

No prior yoga experience or registration is necessary. The Office of Title IX & Equity is sponsoring this event, but no staff will be present at the event. We will not use a sign-in or take attendance; you can just show up (remember to bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing). Any questions? Email Sexual Violence Prevention Program Coordinator Laura Linder-Scholer at llinders@macalester.edu.

April 16-20: “The Imprints Project”

Monday, April 16th – Friday, April 20th: For the second year at Macalester College, students on campus are partnering with the Office of Title IX & Equity to create “The Imprints Project,” an art project which aims to bring to light the experiences of survivors of sexual violence in our community. Any students, staff, or faculty members who have experienced any form of sexual violence are invited to participate by leaving a handprint on a canvas or writing an anonymous response to the question, “How has sexual violence left an imprint on your life?” To participate any time between April 16-20, you can:

  • Visit Library 402 between 9-11 a.m daily.
  • Visit the GSRC (Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, in the basement of Kagin Commons) between 3-5 p.m. daily.
  • Submit an anonymous written response via this Google Form.

The resulting art and anonymous narratives will be shared at “The Imprints Project” Community Event on April 23rd (see details below). All are invited to show your support by attending.

April 16-20: Create a Survivor Support Postcard

Monday, April 16th – Friday, April 20th: The issue of sexual violence is shrouded in silence, stigma, and shame, and individual survivors often feel alone and isolated in their experience. Do you want to show survivors in our community that you care about them? Want to help remind survivors of their strength, resilience, and courage?

Visit the Idea Lab (on the Library’s second floor) any day this week to create an postcard with anonymous messages of support for the survivors in our community. Art materials and examples will be provided. Postcards will be collected and displayed at “The Imprints Project” Community Event on April 23rd (see details below) to illustrate our community’s recognition and support of survivors. All are invited to show your support by attending this event.

Thursday, April 19: Defining Masculinity, feat. Guante

Thursday, April 19th from 5-7 p.m. at Concordia University St. Paul: Local activist, educator, and spoken-word poet Guante will lead a free community workshop on “Defining Masculinity: An event for men, by men, talking about what we can do in the face of the #metoo movement.” Any Macalester students are welcome to attend. This event will be held at the Buenger Education Center (200 Syndicate Street N, St. Paul, MN 55104) and is sponsored by SOS Sexual Violence Services of Ramsey County and the Concordia University St. Paul Title IX Office.

Thursday, April 19: 69 Questions: Sex Trivia Night

Thursday, April 19th at 8:30 p.m. (Sounds of Blackness Lounge): The Laurie Hamre Center for Health & Wellness will host the always-amazing annual Sex Trivia Night in the Sounds of Blackness Lounge within Turck Hall (use your student I.D. to swipe into the building after 6 p.m.). Bring your friends, test your knowledge, and learn more about sex and sexual health with the student Health Promotion team. You will also be able to enjoy free food, win prizes, and grab some safer sex giveaway items!

Monday, April 23: “The Imprints Project” Community Event

Monday, April 23rd from 5:00-6:30 p.m. (Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Lobby): Join us as we recognize and stand in solidarity with the many survivors of sexual violence who surround us. As the culmination of the student-led “Imprints Project” on campus, students will unveil an art project created by survivors of sexual violence and read aloud anonymous community responses to the question, “How has sexual violence left an imprint on your life?”

Students, staff, and faculty members who have experienced any form of sexual violence are invited to attend and listen, or to answer this question aloud, if you wish. This event is an exception to the mandatory reporting policy on campus. We also strongly encourage allies and community members to attend; you can demonstrate your support for survivors by showing up, encouraging others to attend, and helping us to recognize the impact this issue has on our campus. Postcards with supportive messages (see April 16-20 event above) will be displayed, and light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 24: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Tuesday, April 24th from 5:50-6:50 p.m. (Studio 2, Leonard Center): Certified instructor Sarah Super will lead a second free session of trauma-sensitive yoga for students. Students can attend whether or not they attended the first session earlier this month. Trauma-sensitive yoga practice is a mind-body healing modality for those who have experienced trauma, violence, or PTSD; it has no hands-on assists and uses choice-based language. You can learn more about the practice at traumasensitiveyoga.com, and Sarah will also open the session with an introduction to the practice.

No prior yoga experience or registration is necessary. The Office of Title IX & Equity is sponsoring this event, but no staff will be present at the event. We will not use a sign-in or take attendance; you can just show up (remember to bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing). Any questions? Email Sexual Violence Prevention Program Coordinator Laura Linder-Scholer at llinders@macalester.edu.

Wednesday, April 25: International Denim Day 2018

Wednesday, April 25th (all day, worldwide): We encourage all students, staff, faculty, and community members to wear denim today as part of the 20th annual international protest around victim blaming and the harmful misconceptions around sexual assault.

The “Denim Day” campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that, since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. As long as victim blaming continues, we continue to recognize this day as a form of awareness and to protest the many harmful aspects of rape culture.

Learn more at www.denimdayinfo.org, and stop by our table by the Campus Center on Wednesday, April 25th between 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. today to grab a button and other resources.

Wednesday, April 25: Campus Film Screening

Wednesday, April 25th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (JBD Lecture Hall): Athletics and the Office of Title IX & Equity are collaborating to host a film screening of the film The Mask You Live In  at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center’s John B. Davis Lecture Hall.

This 2015 Sundance feature film follows the struggles of young men to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, and education shed light on the many pressures to “man up,” and what is lost along the way. Learn more about the film and view the trailer at therepresentationproject.org/film/the-mask-you-live-in.

Sunday, April 29: Community Walk & Survivor Speak-Out

Sunday, April 29th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Hamline University): SOS Sexual Violence Services of Ramsey County is hosting the annual “Out of Darkness Into Light” community walk and survivor speak-out at the Anderson Center at Hamline University (774 Snelling Avenue N, St. Paul, MN 55104).

Macalester students, staff, faculty, and all community members are invited. Call 651-266-1000 or email asksos@co.ramsey.mn.us to register; the first 100 people to register will receive a free t-shirt!