Chalk it up for Awareness with Student Conduct & Advocacy

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The campus community was able to walk near the East Lawn to read the messages left for survivors.

Gabriella Ruiz, Reporter

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Students, faculty, and staff were able to write  positive messages to survivors of Domestic Violence in chalk and learn information about Domestic Violence Prevention & Awareness Month on the East lawn at TAMU-CC. 

“It’s just one of those opportunities that we can show survivors of domestic violence that there is support and there is help for them out there, not only in the campus community, but in the local community,” said Michael LaTorre, Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards.  “There is support out there and it can be really hard to go and reach out. I just think this programming is really important for students to know about because this can impact TAMU-CC students, you know, community members and just people in general so I love anytime we get students to interact with it.”  

LaTorre explained how Student Conduct & Advocacy is planning to have a series of events that will be happening this month. LaTorre said domestic violence is a pervasive issue and putting on these events on campus allows others to open up to talk more about it. In Addition, Student Conduct & Advocacy were able to begin the 2021 calendar events for the month of October by showing survivors of domestic violence the amount of support and help the university is providing for them with written messages left by the campus community. 

“Even though it’s hard right now through this time, you know, it always gets better and there’s always people there for them,” said freshman PSA student, Robert Lambaria. “Keep being strong because at first you know like it could be your whole world crumbling around you but you know through time, like as long as you get through it and keep your head strong.”

Lambaria had left behind a positive message for survivors. Lambarina said domestic violence is not something that people are willing to talk about without feeling scared.

Student Conduct & Advocacy will be holding additional events throughout the month of October including Painting for Awareness with Sofia, Purple Thursday, Take a Stand Healing Yoga, and a display at the Bell Library at any time. For more information about the events please contact 361-825-6219. Those who need help may contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800)-799-SAFE.