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College Participates in Enough is Enough Campaign

November 07, 2016

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Students and staff at 2015 Walk a Mile eventSaint Anselm College invites the community to join the discussion about respect on college campuses by participating in "Enough is Enough" week, a national campaign promoting safe environments in schools and on college campuses.

The campaign began in 2008, when Dr. Zenobia Lawrence Hikes, vice president of student affairs at Virginia Tech, called others to action. Dr. Hikes described and analyzed the 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech, the deadliest shooting ever to occur on a college campus, and stated that none are immune to terror and that we, as human beings, must all prepare for the unimaginable. The Enough is Enough Campaign unites administrators, educators, and counselors from both high schools and colleges, as well as parents and students, to counteract the hate at the core of this violence.

"Among the several hundred colleges and universities participating in the Enough is Enough campaign, Saint Anselm College's reputation as a place where members of our community genuinely care about one another places us in a unique position to highlight our respect for others," says Dr. Joseph Horton, vice president of student affairs at Saint Anselm College. "Sometimes we need a reminder that we can only reach our full potential as human beings by showing our respect for others and by walking for just a few moments ‘in their shoes.' The Enough is Enough campaign gives us opportunities to reflect upon these responsibilities."

In the first two weeks of November, the college will hold events to increase acceptance, celebrate strength, and provide forums to "break the silence" that often surrounds the experience of violence.

The Saint Anselm Core Council kicked-off the week with the NoH8 campaign. On Thursday, November 3, they provided space in Davison Hall for members of the campus community to take photos, hashtag them #AnselmianLove, and post them to social media. That same evening, Core Council also sponsored "talk-back sessions": a collaboration with the cast of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later to facilitate conversation about what can be learned from the tragedy of Matthew Shepard. Shepard was a young man from Laramie, WY, killed in a homophobic hate crime in 1998.

Gender Studies and the Assault and Violence Education and Reporting Team (AVERT) will host a showing of Audrie and Daisy on November 7. This 2016 film follows two American teenage girls exploring the role of social media in sexual assault. Alumna Katie Muzzy '14, a student at University of New Hampshire law school, will lead discussion at the end of the film. Muzzy is involved in legislative and community responses to sexual and domestic assault.

On November 9, the Wednesday night student Mass will be dedicated to those who have felt discriminated against, bullied, or shown verbal or physical violence. The celebration of the Eucharist will take place at 9 p.m. in the Lower Church.

Enough is Enough week will come to a close with "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes," where the college community is encouraged to walk around the Carr Center wearing the shoes of the opposite gender. This event educates participants about sexual assault while providing a forum for empathy.

Other scheduled events include: "You Throw Like a Girl" with Don McPherson (November 7); a discussion of renowned book I am Malala (November 9, 10); Lucubrations Open Mic (November 10); and a discussion about difference and tolerance by the Philosophy club (November 11).

Senior Beth Gabert believes that "Enough is Enough week is paramount to the enhancing the culture around social issues at Saint Anselm College." She explains, "This week brings awareness to discrimination of all kinds including homophobia, racism, and sexual assault. Not only is it important for students to be aware of these issues, but also this week provides tools to prevent minority groups from being wrongly treated and affected."

This year's Enough is Enough week sponsors include Saint Anselm Core Council, Gender Studies, Campus Ministry, Multicultural Center, Anselmian Abbey Players, Residential Life and Education, athletics, AVERT, English Department, Health Services, Lucubrations, Philosophy club, Writing Center, Geisel Library, and Campus Safety and Security.

Upcoming Events

Download Days for Circle of 6 App
November 7-8, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Davison Hall, Coffee Shop, Common Ground Cafe

Audrie and Daisy
November 7, 6 p.m.
Dana 1D

You Throw Like a Girl: A Conversation with Don McPherson
November 7, 7:30 p.m.
Dana Center Koonz Theatre

Have you Ever?
November 9, 12:30 p.m.
Multicultural Center

Malala: Resilience through Violence and Oppression
November 9, 12:30 p.m.
November 10, 7 p.m.
Geisel Library

Campus Safety Strategies
November 9, 7 p.m.
Joan of Arc Hall Basement Lounge

Lucubrations Open Mic
November 10, 8 p.m.
Comiskey Art Center

Black and White Day
November 6

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes
November 11, 3 p.m.
Carr Center

Difference and Tolerance
November 11, 3 p.m.
3rd Floor Bradley Lounge

Story by Jasmine Blais '17

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