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OSIW Events: April 2021

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In observance of National Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month, Pace student groups PAASA (NYC Campus) and FIRE (PLV Campus) are hosting events all throughout the month. Join them for Take Back the Night, the Speak Out series, workshops, and more.


Focus Group

The Office of Sexual and Interpersonal Wellness (OSIW) is recruiting students for an exciting set of focus groups in May 2021. To assess students’ knowledge and understanding of campus policies and resources related to sexual misconduct, OSIW will be analyzing qualitative data collected from four to five focus groups. The goal of these focus groups is to ensure Pace is in compliance with federal and state laws and to gain information about what our students currently know so we can work toward increasing awareness of Title IX, our sexual misconduct policy, and avenues of intervention and support.

OSIW is looking for a minimum of 32 students who would be interested in participating in a 60 minute focus group during May. There will be 4-5 focus groups, depending on many students volunteer. We are working to provide incentives for participation in the form of a raffle. The prize will be a Pace sweatshirt for two students in each group (10 students in total will win).

All Pace students are welcome to join! If interested, please email Juliette Verrengia, interpersonal violence prevention and education specialist, who can also answer any questions you might have.


PAASA Events

The Peer Advocates Against Sexual Assault (PAASA) is a program of the Office of Sexual and Interpersonal Wellness on the NYC Campus. For more information, follow the PAASA Instagram account.

The Invisible War Partial Screening and Discussion
Monday, April 12 | 4:30 p.m. | Meeting ID: 990 5706 6701 Password: 974162
You’ll get the chance to view clips from The Invisible War to learn more about rape culture in the military. A discussion will follow about legislative efforts to improve these systems and what students want to see come next.

Sex Trafficking: Red Flags and Warning Signs
Tuesday, April 13 | 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Meeting ID: 948 1650 1283 Password: 168191
Colby Valentine, PhD, professor of criminal justice and researcher on human trafficking, will lead a lecture and discussion about the warning signs of sex trafficking and portrayals of trafficking in the media.

Hip Hop Women, Abuse, and News Coverage of the #MeToo Movement
Monday, April 19 | 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Meeting ID: 918 1356 6787 Password: 051564
Melvin Williams, PhD, assistant professor in the communications department, will host a fascinating discussion on how themes of feminism are communicated through the media and hip hop.

De-Stressing Is Essential
Wednesday, April 21 | 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. | Meeting ID: 920 8066 3148 Password: SELFLOVE
Join Active Minds and the Pace Cosmetology Club for an evening of self-care before finals!

Speak Out: In Solidarity
Thursday, April 22 | 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Meeting ID: 962 7230 5206 Password: 899768
“Speak Out” is a safe space for students to gather and share their experiences with any form of sexual assault or harassment. You’re welcome to join PAASA virtually as they share their stories, or you can submit any writing or artwork that represents themes of sex, consent, sexual assault, gender, harassment, and/or healing. The space is confidential and your fellow students will be present for support and solidarity. Please send anything you’d like to be read either via email or through DM

Denim Day
Wednesday, April 28 | Follow the PAASA Instagram account to participate
Students, staff, and faculty can take a photo of themselves wearing denim to stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence. PAASA will repost all tagged photos on their Instagram account throughout the day.


FIRE Events

Fighting Ignorance and Rape with Education (FIRE) is a program of the Office of Sexual and Interpersonal Wellness on the PLV Campus. For more information, follow the FIRE Instagram account.

Bystander Intervention Workshop
Wednesday, April 14 | 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Meeting ID: 926 2886 0518 Password: 660936
Students are welcome to gather and learn the basics of bystander intervention. Tips and techniques will be reviewed to intervene in harmful or potentially harmful situations and to ensure that our community is prepared to prevent sexual violence.

Supporting Survivors Workshop
Thursday April, 15 | 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Meeting ID: 942 0971 7664 Password: 482463
Join FIRE member Taylor and our Graduate Assistant Tiara for a workshop about supporting survivors. Recommendations of what to say or do and what to avoid when receiving disclosures will be discussed.

Take Back the Night
Wednesday, April 15 | 8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. | Outside the Gottsman Room
“Take Back the Night” is a global event during Sexual Violence Awareness Month to raise awareness about sexual violence on and off college campuses. In partnership with the Northern Westchester/Putnam Women’s Resource Center, students will gather outside of the Gottsman Room for 30 minutes of poster-making, then we walk around campus as a group.

Speak Out
Wednesday, April 21 | 8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. | Butcher’s Suite (in-person) and Meeting ID: 947 1261 9738 Password: 718025 (virtual)
“Speak Out” is a safe space for students to gather and share their experiences with any form of sexual assault or harassment. You’re welcome to join PAASA virtually or in-person as they share their stories, or you can submit any writing or artwork that represents themes of sex, consent, sexual assault, gender, harassment, and/or healing. The space is confidential and your fellow students will be present for support and solidarity. Please send anything you’d like to be read either via email or through DM

Denim Day
Wednesday, April 28 | Follow the FIRE Instagram account to participate
Students, staff, and faculty can take a photo of themselves wearing denim to stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence. FIRE will repost all tagged photos on their Instagram account throughout the day.

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