The Office of Health Promotions is committed to providing the students at VSU with the knowledge of health and wellness in a variety of methods. The goal is to provide wellness education through interactive formats, as well as assist students in connecting with various resources throughout the VSU community. This is achieved by presentations on, body image/eating disorders, HIV/AIDS, STDs, Violence Prevention (Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence), stress management, and tobacco use, as well as special events on campus, individual contact, and referrals.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events
“Wellness Wednesday” with the Haven, April 1st, 10am-2pm, Student Union
VSU’s Office of Health Promotions & the Haven will host an information booth in the Student Union from 10am-2pm on April 1st. Free information on Sexual Assault Prevention will be provided, along with the opportunity to sign the “It’s on Us” pledge: an awareness campaign launched by the White House Task Force to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses. Come visit us in the Student Union for free giveaways, information and to make a commitment to help stop sexual assault. Change your profile photos to the image below to show your support for this cause!
For more information on the It’s On US campaign, please visit: http://itsonus.org/ .
RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Course, April 2 & 9, 6pm-8:30pm, Student Union Ballroom A- CLASS FULL (3/24/15)
The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, proven self-defense tactics. Provides women with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance, because YOU are your best defense. The program is suitable for women of all ages and abilities The Office of Health Promotions invites faculty, staff and students to participate in a free Rape, Aggression, Defense course from 6-8:30pm April 2 & 9 in the Student Union Ballrooms. To register, please visit: http://www.valdosta.edu/student/student-services/counseling-center/health-promotions/forms/rad-signup-for-women-only.php. For questions or more information regarding RAD, please contact Chelsea Holcombe, Health Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 229-245-3896
Take back the Night, April 7th 7pm, Student Union ballrooms
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), Valdosta State University’s Office of Health Promotions is coordinating VSU’s annual Take Back the Night event. Take Back the Night is an internationally held event and candlelight vigil to protest rape and other forms of sexual violence. Dr. Keith Edwards, who is a speaker on sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, social justice education and leadership, will be this year’s keynote speaker. The event will be held April 7th, 6:30pm in the Student Union Ballrooms. All VSU faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend!
Jeans 4 Justice Display April 17-24 & Denim Day, April 24th
The Office of Health Promotions and The Haven are sponsoring the “Jeans for Justice” campaign and “Denim Day”. Denim Day began in 1999 as a part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the survivor was wearing jeans. The judge said she must have helped the perpetrator remove her jeans and thus wasn’t “really” raped. This verdict became a symbol of the injustice sexual assault survivors face all of the world and a call to stop victim blaming. Come visit the Jeans for Justice display in the Student Union April 17-24 and wear your jeans on April 24th to support this campaign!
If you are interested in purchasing a Jeans for Justice t-shirt, please visit www.valdostahaven.org/denimday. The deadline for t-shirt orders is Friday, April 10th.
College Panhellenic Council Greek Step Show, 7pm April 22nd, PE ComplexApril 22, 7pm at the PE Complex. The CPC step show at Valdosta State University is held annually by VSU’s College Panhellenic Council. All 6 chapters who are currently members of CPC have the opportunity to participate (Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Chi Omega, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, and Zeta Tau Alpha). In the past, proceeds from the step show have gone to the winning team’s philanthropy, and projects such as the Lizzie Lohmar Scholarship. This year a portion of the proceeds raised from the event will go to the winning team’s philanthropy, as well as circle of sisterhood, which is the college panhellenic council's philanthropy. This year the college Panhellenic council will also be taking up donations for the Haven including twin sheets, sweat suits, and towels. We encourage everyone to stop by and make a donation!!
Sociology Film Series Monday April 27th, 7pm UC 1161
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice will be hosting a special series screening of two films on Sexual Assault on college campuses in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Free and open to the public. Take Red Blooded Men is a documentary that covers multiple aspects of college life through a male's perspective. Through various interviews, from Northern Illinois University to the University of Iowa, and other schools across the country, we hope to enlighten audiences about notions of masculinity and femininity and create awareness about the increasing trend of sexual assault on campuses across America. In Motion, after a sexual assault, a college aged woman is faced with difficult decisions regarding her health and her future. This short narrative film engages with the question of consent and the quick response of friends who, perhaps unintentionally, blame the victim.
Hosted by Professors Lorna Alvarez-Rivera, Tom Hochschild, and Anne Price of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. For screening locations and updates, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ValdostaStateUniversitySocialIssuesInFilmSeries
Check back regularly for updates on upcoming events!