Beginning tonight, October 10, the sisters of Omega Phi Beta Sorority–Beta Delta chapter will kick off the 1st Annual Serving and Educating Week: Memoirs of a Rape Survivor. A week long programming initiative held at various chapters/institutions across the nation, Serving and Educating Week is designed to provide service to diverse communities as well as educating the campus about a specific issue.
Due to the pervasive yet invisible nature of sexual assault/rape, as well as Omega Phi Beta’s commitment to raising awareness of violence against women, the chapter theme for this year is “Memoirs of a Rape Survivor.” At events throughout the week, Omega Phi Beta will bring to light the struggles of individuals/communities affected by sexual assault and rape as well as celebrate the resilience of survivors.
BE HER HERO
October 10, Butcher Suite, 9:17 p.m.
Learn about the history and current situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The teach-in will feature women survivor stories of war in the Congo and highlight how rape is a war tactic in conflict zones. Proceeds will go towards sponsoring a woman war survivor through Women For Women International.
RAPE, POP CULTURE, AND POST- RACIAL AMERICA
Co-sponsored with MADP and 808
October 11, Butcher Suite, 9:17 p.m.
What is the relationship between race and sexual violence in our “post-racial” era? By looking at recent high-profile cases, pop music videos, film, etc., this lecture, facilitated by A Long Walk Home, an organization that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women, will focus on how old racial stereotypes continue to shape public perceptions of sexual assault victims and assailants.
BACKPACK TO HEALING
Co-sponsored with La Unidad Latina and Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.
October 12, Gottesman Room, 9:17 p.m.
Join OPB and LUL as they host a toiletry drive! Donate supplies or simply help pack backpacks. Backpacks will be donated to My Sister’s Place, a Westchester-based organization that provides shelter and legal services to domestic violence and human trafficking victims.
*Special Screening: Telling Amy’s Story, a film that follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001*
WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS
Co-sponsored with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
October 13, Gottesman Room, 9:17 p.m.
Stop by for an open mic night and evening of artistic expression honoring the life of Maya Angelou, with special performances by HERSTORY and 808.
For more info on the events and to learn more about the sisters of Omega Phi Beta, visit them on Facebook.