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Campus-Wide Annual Programming

OCTOBER: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Purple Light Nights®

Purple Night Lights logo‌Purple Light Nights® is the inspiration of the Covington Domestic Violence Task Force, King County, Washington. The goal is to have all residents shine a purple light on every front porch; hang a string of purple lights in every business window; and decorate each downtown street tree with purple lights, to send the message that “Domestic Violence Has NO Place In Our Community." The outcome of Purple Light Nights® is to increase the awareness of domestic violence issues and it’s affect upon children and families and provide education on building healthy relationships.

Domestic Violence Awareness Project

Demestic Violence Awareness Project‌The Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) supports the rights of all individuals, especially women and girls, to live in peace and dignity. Violence and all other forms of oppression against all communities and families must be eliminated. The purpose of the DVAP is to support and promote the national, tribal, territorial, state, and local advocacy networks in their ongoing public education efforts through public awareness, strategies, materials, resources, capacity-building, and technical assistance.


FEBRUARY: Body Positivity & National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Association
NEDA Feeding hope (logo)The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the leading 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Reaching millions every year, we campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. We work with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.

Online Eating Disorder Screening

NEDA partners with Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) to provide an online eating disorder screening tool. Found at, this website provides people with the option to take a free, anonymous self-assessment to gauge their risk of an eating disorder. The anonymous SMH online screening takes only a few minutes and consists of a series of questions, developed by treatment professionals in the eating disorders field, which are designed to indicate whether clinical help is needed. The availability of such a “low pressure” first-step towards recovery is a vital tool. After completing a screening, participants (if indicated) will receive referral information through NEDA’s Helpline for personal evaluation by a medical professional and treatment. There are two screenings available, one for college students – a particularly vulnerable demographic for the development of eating disorders – and a standard screening for other demographics. This is an outstanding resource for people who may need help or know someone who may need help and don’t know where to begin.

To take this online screening assessment please follow the directions on the NEDA website.
If you would like more information, resources, or support for a body image or eating disorder related issue please contact our Student Advocate, Danielle Sabo.


APRIL: National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night Logo‌Take Back The Night seeks to end sexual violence in all of its forms including sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence. TBTN empowers survivors in the healing process and inspires responsibility in all. Take Back The Night's goal is to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.

College campuses and communities around the world hold TBTN events. Each event has its own agenda, but often includes a candlelight vigil; a march or walk; an open mic forum or speak out; presentations by local law enforcement officers, agency representatives, governmental and school leaders, professors and other knowledgeable experts; and a survivor support circle.

The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project Logo‌The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide.

Family Equity Committee

Family Equity Committee

The committee was established in 2015 by staff and faculty members who are committed to increasing access to alternative family building for employees who utilize CWRU health care plans. Through comparative research of similar AAU universities across the country, the committee has developed a series of recommendations for administration focused in three primary areas: assisted reproductive technology, adoption, and foster care support. 

New coverage beginning in January 2017 will include:

*  Coverage for intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) services, which will be included on the university’s self-insured health plans.  However, fertility prescription drugs will not be covered.  Members will be responsible for 50% co-insurance, which will not accumulate towards annual out-of-pocket maximums.  The benefit is subject to a lifetime maximum of $10,000.

*  Paid parental leave policy for staff will now include foster care so that it is consistent with the faculty policy.  In addition, the staff sick time policy will be expanded to include foster care as one of the special situations that allows for up to 12 sick days annually to be used for family reasons. 

In the future, the committee hopes to gain approval for financial reimbursement assistance to employees that adopt.

Members of the Family Building Equity Committee include:

Heather Clayton Terry, Associate Director for Women in Science & Engineering, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women; Liz Roccoforte, Director, LGBT Center; Genine Apidone, Director of Student Engagement, Division of Engineering Leadership & Professional Practice; Gena Richmann, Undergraduate Student Affairs Coordinator, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Lisa Kollins, Institute Administrator, Social Justice Institute; Melanie Prestage, Chair Assistant, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Rosemary Behmer Hansen, Graduate Candidate, MA Bioethics + MPH Public Health; and Amy Bevins, Intern, LGBT Center.

Contact Heather Clayton Terry for more information