The University of New Mexico Women’s Resource Center (WRC), in partnership with the Dean of Students Office, LoboRESPECT Student Group, Residence Life and Housing and Associated Students of UNM (ASUNM) Student Special Events, is bringing Laci Green to UNM to give a fresh and educational talk about rape culture and sexual violence in our society. “Taking Down Rape Culture” is set for Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building ballrooms.
Green is a web personality and host of a YouTube show called “Sex Plus,” which reaches over five million young adults. The main purpose of Sex+ is to begin a conversation about sexuality for young adults that is entertaining and informational.
Green holds certificates in rape and dating violence crisis counseling, and is a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley with the highest honors. She is currently an activist and public speaker living in San Francisco, and is also an educator and consultant for Planned Parenthood. Her work has been featured on CBC, ABC, Dr. Phil, The Science Channel, The Atlantic Magazine, Ms. Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more.
“This is an effort for UNM to raise awareness about sexual violence on campus and to engage students and the University community in this important conversation,” said Caitlin Henke, WRC program specialist. “Green’s talk will kick start the first week of the Fall 2015 semester in hopes of expanding prevention and awareness efforts.”
The event does not stand alone in advocacy and awareness efforts, but is held in conjunction with tabling from LoboRESPECT and the WRC. Also, incoming first year students who participated in New Student Orientations also received a presentation called “The Grey Area,” developed by the WRC and presented by student leaders, which is another effort to educate students about sexual violence prevention and awareness.
The programs runs 70 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session. The event is free for UNM students, faculty and staff, and tickets $10 for the public. Tickets can be purchased from the UNM Bookstore, Popejoy Hall, WisePies Arena (“The Pit”) and online at www.unmtickets.com.