Frostburg State University will participate in “Enough Is Enough,” the national campaign to end campus violence, the week of Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6. Each day will have a different theme, and events, workshops and information will be offered throughout.
Monday is kick-off day, starting with the annual rally and Harmony Walk, beginning at 6:30 p.m. by the Martin Luther King waterfall in the FSU Lane University Center lower lobby. FSU alumnus Theresa Harrison, president of George Street Services Inc., and C. Natasha Richburg, entrepreneur, preacher, teacher, author and speaker, will lead an interactive session on “Using Conflict as a Tool for Growth: Being Right and Doing Right Are Not the Same” at 7 p.m. in Lane Center’s Manicur Assembly Hall.
Tuesday is Take the Pledge Day, in which members of the campus community can sign a pledge to take a stand against violence. The first of a series of brown bag lunches will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Lane Center room 111, beginning with an interactive presentation by the FSU No More Violence in My Life team, in which participants will discuss their own experiences with violence. BT Glass will hold a screening of their “It Gets Better” video at 7 p.m. in Atkinson Room 232 of the Lane Center. This video features footage from the spring 2011 semester in which members interviewed students, faculty and staff about their experiences with bullying and violence.
Wednesday, the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will kick off with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, honoring of the life of the Civil Rights leader, at 4 p.m. in Atkinson Room 232. Student participants will share reflections on King’s work with the civil rights movement.
The second workshop in the Campus and Community Dialogues series, sponsored by the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office in Maryland, will take place in the Lane Manicur Assembly Hall on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., emphasizing violence prevention and community conflict management. The focus of this dialogue will be on understanding perceptions and tensions within the student community, as well as between the year-round Frostburg residents and the student community. A greater understanding of what resources are available or needed for student and community conflict management will be a goal for this dialogue. Several FSU groups are assisting with this presentation, including the Office of the President, Office of Human Resources, Diversity Center, Residence Life Office, Department of Communication Studies, Department of Philosophy, the Student Communication Studies Association and community partner Mountainside Community Mediation Center. The workshop will be preceded by a reception, starting at 5 p.m.
Thursday will be Take Action Day. It will feature the second brown bag lunch series, “Closing the Gap: Creating a More Peaceful Frostburg,” by members of the CMST 345 Conflict Management class, in Atkinson Room 232 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The presentation will offer insights on how to close the gap between long-term and short-term Frostburg residents. That evening, “Welcome to the Party,” an interactive program by the President’s Advisory Council on Gender-Based Violence, will focus on sexual assault and alcohol abuse. It will be held in Atkinson Room 232 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Friday, for Beats for Peace Day, members of the FSU National Coalition-Building Institute team will present a workshop titled “FSU Building Community Through Diversity” from noon to 4 p.m. in Lane University Center room 111. Everyone is welcome to attend, but seating is limited to 50 participants. Participation in a workshop may allow for training to become a diversity facilitator.
The “Enough Is Enough” campaign was initiated by NASPA President Diana Doyle in response to the call by the vice president for Student Affairs at Virginia Tech, Zenobia Lawrence Hike, to take action after the shootings on the Virginia Tech campus in 2007. The campaign recognizes that parents, students and community partners are critical allies who will further propel its initiatives to end campus and school violence.
This week’s activities will be supplemented by information tables and displays. For more information, contact Robin Wynder at 301-687-4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.