Several colleges throughout the nation are standing by the sexual assault movement, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is one of them.
The month of April is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness month and the Island University has plenty of events planned to get the community together and bring more awareness to this specific topic. This will be the first year they are planning to do an Islanders Race to Zero, which is a 5k walk/run completely open to the public and free for students. The event will take place on April 20, at 6:45 p.m. at the Hammer Head parking lot near Island Hall and will proceed on the hike and bike trail on campus. Associate Dean of Students Angela Walker said they have been working really hard to get the word out for this event and the response has been significant.
“We have gotten calls from running teams all around the state and we are just so excited with the response we have been getting,” Walker said. “We also have been able to gain a few sponsors which has helped tremendously. Natural Grocers has agreed to provide snacks for us for the end of the walk and Sonic has also kindly donated water as well which has been a huge help for us.”
The 5k aims to raise awareness concerning issues of sexual violence. The event will also contain a resource fair with campus/community resource tables followed by a candle light vigil to honor victims of sexual violence. Proceeds from the race will benefit sexual violence prevention and awareness initiatives.
“Right now, we have around 12 to 15 organizations that are going to come out for our resource fair following the race,” student conduct officer Michael La Torre said. “There will be music and a lot of different informative information that we really think that everyone should be aware of.”
For anyone that is interested in signing up, you can register online at IRacetoZero.tamucc.edu. For Islander students the event is completely free, but there is a fee for the community and alumni. The registration fee for Alumni and Staff is 15 dollars and for the community is 25 dollars. Registration does close on April 18. Medals will also be awarded to the first 50 people that finish the race.
Participant packages will be available for pickup on April 18 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. or April 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Texas A&M- Corpus Christi University Center Swordfish Room 324.