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SUNY Plattsburgh Shines a Light on Domestic Violence

SUNY Plattsburgh will participate in the “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign the week of Oct. 16 by illuminating Hawkins Hall in purple, the color of domestic violence awareness, and offering a series of events specific to Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Shine the Light” is part of a statewide campaign that promotes the use of purple to start a conversation about domestic violence and support for victims and survivors. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the campaign, which is organized annually by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. To honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the State University of New York, the historic SUNY Plaza building on Broadway in downtown Albany will be lit with purple lights for the remainder of the month. 

‘Shine the Light’ Across New York

"It is our hope that this symbolic action by SUNY, together with efforts to ‘shine the light’ on campuses across New York state, helps build awareness about the resources and support available for victims of domestic violence and their loved ones," said SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson. "As we continue to see the impact of violence unfold in Las Vegas, it is even more important that we join the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence in its 10th anniversary to draw attention to this issue and help make a difference.”

In addition to the illumination of Hawkins Hall, “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” week begins with a resource panel, which will discuss on-campus and community resources for individuals who have experienced sexual or interpersonal violence, Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Conference Room.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear purple Thursday, Oct. 19, to honor victims and to support survivors of domestic violence.

“Last to Say,” an artistic journey through domestic violence, will be held Oct. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Nina Winkel Sculpture Court, Myers Fine Arts Building. According to Butterfly Blaise Boire, Title IX coordinator at SUNY Plattsburgh, this is an event where artists paint on canvases and share spoken word, poetry and music in relation to domestic violence awareness, solidarity and prevention.

Variety Show Oct. 31

After “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” week, a self-care workshop, an opportunity to learn self-care tips, will be held Oct. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Amnesty Room. And to wrap up Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a variety showcase of Halloween talent will take place Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Amnesty Room; proceeds from the show go to a local organization to end domestic violence.

For more information on the “Shine the Light” campaign or any events being held as a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, contact Blaise at 518-564-3281, or email [email protected].

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