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 406-243-6429 or email her at email@example.com.
We made the front page!
We just wrapped up Lovefest on February 9th and it was a roaring success!
At Love Fest we promoted healthy relationships of all kinds, including with friends, family, partners and spouses. Through this event we offer many different fun and interesting workshops and activities that are meant to promote healthy dialogue and patterns in relationships. It was very well attended with over 500 individuals visiting our booths and workshops! We'd like to thank all those that helped stage this event and our partners: Advocates for Non-Violence (ANV), Planned Parenthood Leaders and Advocates (PPLA), Curry Health Center Wellness Program, Student Involvement Network, Blue Mountain Clinic, Harry Potter Alliance, Downtown Dance Collective, Montana Student Activism Association, Turning the Wheel, Water Lilies, and Make Your Move! End Sexual Violence.
Look for Love Fest next year when we will have more workshops, booths and prizes!
Other SARC Events
- 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.
- 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.