SARC is seeking student volunteers for our Peer Advocacy Program. This program is an excellent opportunity to be involved and create positive change on our campus. You can also learn valuable skills in crisis intervention and advocacy. Training takes place at the beginning of each semester. For more information, please call the Advocate Coordinator, Leah Fitch at 406-243-4429 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Take Back the Night: SARC Advocates participated in the Take Back the Night event on November 7, 2013. This event focused on making a visible stand to eliminate violence at night. Its purpose was to demonstrate that all people should feel safe walking alone at night. This year, it was hosted by the Women’s Resource Center. The walk started at the Oval at the University of Montana and ended at the Missoula County Court House with keynote speakers and stories from survivors.
- International Dating 101: SARC staff and advocates discussed the customs and courtesies of dating in the United States with international students. While the focus was on international students, this seminar is open to all students. We plan to continue this event, and welcome input from students from all countries!
- Health Fair: Advocates offered a myth/fact game where prizes were offered if participants answered questions correctly. This event was hosted by the Curry Health Center.
- Day of Dialogue: Trauma from past experience with sexual assault or violent discrimination can emerge when the individual is exposed to similar or ‘triggering’ experiences. SARC advocates served as direct support for any participant whose past experiences caused a problematic emotional response when experiencing the Day of Dialogue. Also, SARC presented a new video publication series called “What’s Your Best Line for Consent”.
- Open Mic Night: SARC sponsored an Open Mic Night at the UC Game Room in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
- Native American Gatherings: SARC holds groups for American Indians to share with each other the joys, successes and struggles of this transition in a safe, confidential space. This group focuses on the transition to college and the challenges that inherently come along with this transition.
- Love Fest: In the spring of 2013, SARC hosted the first Love Fest. This was held in the University Center where SARC hosted many resource and support agencies. The theme was Valentine’s Day, positive relationships, and individual self-care. Over 300 people attended, and SARC advocates organized and ran the entire event.
- Diversity Video Series: In spring of 2013, SARC sponsored some of the videos in the diversity series, which was hosted by the Student Involvement Network. The videos included: It Was Rape, The Invisible War, and Half the Sky.