Wednesdays traditionally mean wearing green Saints Pride swag on campus, and often free popcorn from the friendly folks in admissions as a reward. This week is a bit different, as the Liberal Area Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Service encourages students and team members to wear orange.
It’s all part of the on-campus work provided by Maria Munoz, campus advocate and LARC outreach employee.
“We’re designating Wednesday, Feb. 27, as a way to encourage students to love better,” said Munoz. “What that means is, have a healthy relationship that’s free of dating violence, which is similar to domestic violence.” Munoz added that it’s not uncommon for her to counsel students who struggle to understand the notion of health boundaries, identify the difference between flirtation and sexual harassment, or who know they are entangled in an unhealthy relationship but scared about how to get out.
“By wearing orange on Wednesday, we can all speak up in a way, and help make it clear that dating violence is not OK,” Munoz said. “That goes a long way to make an impact on anyone who is struggling, and it might open the door to communications.”
In addition to the “wear orange” campaign, Munoz said, the Student Services office will provide cookies and hot cocoa from 8:30 a.m. to noon, in the Student Success Center.