The University of New Mexico Dean of Students Office (DoS), LoboRESPECT student group, the New Mexico National Guard, the Rape Crisis Center of New Mexico, the Women’s Resource Center and Student Health & Counseling Center (SHAC) host the following events for sexual assault awareness month.
UNM student Kyle Stepp, who works in the DoS office and recently organized the Lobothon, said, "It is time we took a stand as students, to support one another, establish a community of respect and to Protect The Pack. This is not a gender issue, sexual assault doesn't discriminate, and it affects everyone. This culture change its on us. Not just you, not just me, all of us - making a culture of respect is our responsibility."
An open forum is set for Thursday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Building atrium. This is an opportunity for students to hear from and ask questions of a panel of experts that respond to sexual assault cases. The LoboRESPECT student group will lead the open forum.
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is Thursday, April 23, at noon at the UNM SUB Plaza. The event aims to bring awareness to sexual assault and show support for survivors. Walking in heels is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged. The group will gather outside the SUB and walk south toward Redondo Drive NE, follow the road east toward Johnson Field, turn west on Roma Ave NE until the road ends, and will then head south towards the Duck Pond and end at the SUB Plaza.
For more information on the event, please visit the Facebook event page. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is held in conjunction with SHAC’s Condom Mint’s birthday bash at the SUB Plaza from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Additionally, DoS and LoboRESPECT student group are collaborating with Diversity Organization (DO!) and the Graduate Association of Students in Psychology (GASP) to screen the film, “The Hunting Ground,” Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the SUB Theater. This event is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis until the theater is full. After the showing, a panel discussion about the film and its implications for the community is scheduled.
For more information, contact Leonel Diaz Jr. at the Dean of Students Office or call 505-277-3361.