Founded in 1974, the Women’s Center was established to:
Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
Integrate an appreciation of Women's Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.
Monday, November 15, 2010
When Will the Bullying End?
The issue of bullying in our schools has come to shocking new levels. Having a mother who teaches in a Middle School setting, I hear about the bullying that she witnesses on a daily basis. The recent deaths of students bullying for being queer shocked the nation and caused people to really take a look at what is going on with the younger generation. Or so I thought. It is this most recent suicide that has me even more upset; not only did a 14 year-old girl take her life because she was bullied, she was bullied because she had the courage to file a report after being sexually assaulted. I think that what we really need to be focusing our time and effort on in our schools is tolerance. Teaching kids the golden rule: treating others as one would like others to treat oneself. Really making kids realize the impact of their words and actions and emphasizing that respecting others is what makes you a better person.
Rest in Peace, Samantha Kelly.