December 03, 2014
Communications and Marketing
On Tuesday, Dec. 2, national domestic violence speaker and former NFL quarterback, Don McPherson, spoke to the college community about relationship violence. Throughout the day, McPherson met with various campus groups including faculty and staff, student organizations, and athletic teams.
"I love the game of football. [But] the message is ‘you're a bunch of college thugs. You didn't come to Saint Anselm to be students, you came to play football.' You get lumped in with them," said McPherson speaking to the college football team.
"Leaders within our game don't have the guts to stand up and say, ‘there's no place for this behavior in our game.'"
He continued, "This is not a football issue. It's not a college or NFL issue. It's an issue for all of us. Everyone is dealing with it. I need you all to be part of this conversation."
McPherson, a noted feminist, activist, sports commentator, and nationally known motivational speaker, uses the power and appeal of sports to address complex social justice issues. He speaks about culture, men's violence against women, youth leadership and mentorship.
The college's Assault Violence Reporting Team (AVERT) sponsored the event as part of increased educational programming for the college community on sexual assault and violence against women. AVERT includes students, administrators, and faculty and is co-chaired by Dean of Students Dr. Alicia Finn and Patricia Shuster, Vice President of Administration and Title IX Coordinator.