Closing Time (Not to Worry – We’ll be Here all Summer!)

The Phoenix Center’s Violence Prevention Education team is wrapping up another successful year, saying goodbye to some of our educators, and thankful for the familiar faces that will be around for the coming academic year. After losing our team coordinator, we were still able to connect with our campus community through conversations about interpersonal violence (IPV), victim blaming and myths about IPV, bystander intervention, and more.

Our team facilitated over 24% more workshops than the 2014-2015 academic year, and we’re so grateful that we’ve been able to engage with our campus partners, peers, faculty, and staff. We learned from all of our interactions, trainings, and conversations at events around campus; thank you all who took the time to participate in our workshops and to give us feedback to help our violence prevention work to continue to be more intersectional and reflective of experiences and perspectives of folks at Auraria.

We had the opportunity to develop new curricula as well, and plan to have new conversations with y’all next year. These include discussions about the role language plays in our perceptions of reality and how to redefine how we use and think about words we say/hear, as well as developing tools to understand and address privileges we have (be it based on gender, race, ability status, access to education, etc.). Our hope is that this will help expand the understanding we all have of how language and our social positions relate to interpersonal violence.

From all of us at the PCA, thank you for another year centered on reframing IPV, becoming allies to survivors, and actively seeking to make the Auraria community safe, inclusive, and well informed about dynamics of relationship violence, stalking, and sexual assault. We encourage y’all to practice self-care this summer, and we look forward to seeing you next year!