2013-10-17 / Lifestyles

Bay partners against violence

Organizations assist area domestic victims

ESCANABA – The Bay de Noc Community College Diversity Team is teaming with Escanaba’s Tri County Safe Harbor women’s shelter and the Iron Mountain’s Caring House to celebrate October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The groups have collaborated on a variety of offerings available to students, staff, and the community, both on and off Bay’s campus.

Tri County’s Victim Advocate, Haili Young, will be available on Bay’s Escanaba campus on Oct. 22 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Bay College Library. Young will be there to speak to students and staff about the services Tri County offers, and will have resources, including pamphlets, flyers, and contact information available for the public and materials for instructors to share with their classes.

In addition to Young’s presence on campus, Bay’s faculty and staff are getting involved in several ways. The Learning Resources Center has t-shirts from the Tri County’s victims’ “Clothesline Project” on display throughout the month. Through this project, victims were able to decorate a t-shirt as a vehicle to express their stories, emotions, and testimonies against domestic violence.

Additionally, the Bay College Library has a research guide available on their website (http:// library.baycollege.edu/domestic_ violence), which includes links to videos, articles, and websites concerning domestic violence. The library also has a box for the public to drop off their old, unused, or broken cell phones. Tri County will give these cell phones to Verizon, and, in turn, Verizon will donate money to Tri County’s mission. As a result of donations such as this, in 2012, the shelter was able to provide 1,585 bed nights, answer over 1,300 crisis line calls, and serve over 370 individuals and children.

Bay instructor Molly Campbell will be showing a film, “Invisible War” to her Women’s and Gender Studies course on Oct. 17 in room CB 233 on the Escanaba campus. This film depicts abuse in the military and interested students and staff are welcome to attend the showing.

Bay West’s student-led Diversity Club and Diversity Committee members are also working with the Caring House of Iron Mountain for a variety of events and activities centered around Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Oct. 24, the Caring House will be holding a fundraising dinner at the First Presbyterian Church in Iron Mountain from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Student volunteers will be on site from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. to lend a helping hand. Additionally, there will be an information booth on campus which will include purple ribbons for students to wear and a variety of educational materials.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month will culminate with a “Drive to End Domestic Violence” led by Tri County Safe Harbor on Oct. 28. Those who wish to participate in the drive will meet at the Ludington Park gazebo before 4:45 p.m. and leave at 5 p.m. Participants will then drive down Ludington Street escorted by local law enforcement. The drive will end at the Tri County office, where the organization will host an open house until 7 p.m. Participants will wear purple clothing and tie purple ribbons to their cars in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence.

The Diversity Committee, consisting of faculty and staff from Bay’s Escanaba and Iron Mountain campuses, was reformed in the Spring of 2013 in an effort to promote and celebrate diversity through events and resources available both on and off Bay College’s campuses. October kicks off the first in a series of monthly celebrations.

All Bay College students and faculty are encouraged to participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information contact Joseph Mold at (906) 217-4246 or by email at moldj@baycollege.edu.

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