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Upcoming 2013 Events

Project S.T.E.P.S

September 5, 2013: Resource Awareness Fair in the Student Health Center: noon -3:00p.m.

An Introduction to Student Health Services and Project S.T.E.P.S. Students will meet staff and learn about services provided as well as sign up for various support groups and events sponsored by Project S.T.E.P.S and the Counseling Center.

September 9, 10 and November 12, 13 during the 10:20 hour: QPR training

Participants will gain knowledge about the myths and stigma associated with suicide and depression, develop tools and skills to help a friend in need, and receive a certificate of completion. 

September 27: Parents Lunch and Learn QPR, Anti Hazing, anxiety, depression and underrepresented student populations (Veterans, LGBTQ, Non-traditional students): noon-2:00 p.m.

October 9: Standing in Our Truth on the Quad from noon- 3:00 p.m. and joint venture evening activity 6:00- 7:00 p.m. with Multicultural Affairs Straight Talk

The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) was founded at Bethune Cookman University on August 31, 2012. GSA’s motto is “Seeking enlightenment for people of all sexual orientation and gender identities”.  GSA will  host an awareness event on October 9, 2013 and will participate  in  Ally Week which is a national youth led effort empowering students to be allies against anti- LGBTQ bullying, harassment and name calling; this event will celebrate National Coming Out day with students sharing their stories with their peers. The goal is to diminish stereotypes and exclusion while identifying peer support for LGBTQ students on campus. During this event GSA members will encourage their peers to sign a pledge of taking a stance against harassment in order to provide a safe school environment.

October 29: The Clothes Line Project on the Quad from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

A panel discussion will take place from 4:00-5:00 pm

The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with graphic messages and illustrations that have been designed by female student survivors of violence or by female students who love a woman that has been killed/harmed by an episode of sexual and/or physical violence.

The purpose of the Project is to increase awareness of the impact of violence against women, to celebrate a woman's strength to survive and to provide another avenue for her to courageously break the silence. It is with great hope that survivors who participate in this project will feel that their participation has served as a catalyst to propel their healing process. The Clothesline serves as a vital means of conveying the enormity of the problem of violence against women.

Nov 5: Another Day, Another Chance: 2:00-6:00 p.m. on the Quad

The walk provides advocacy, education and awareness about suicide and mental health issues. This event will pay homage to individuals who have lost loved ones as a result of suicide or mental health issues. Participants will be given an opportunity to make monetary contributions to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). In addition walkers will be asked to carry a gold balloon representing a loved one who has passed away as a result of suicide or mental health issues and/or a maroon balloon representing survivors of an attempted suicide.

Nov 8: We Honor Our Own joint venture with our Veteran organization (tentative 2:00-6:00 p.m.)

Bethune Cookman University has over 90 enrolled veterans.  We have established a support group to address the needs of these veterans; the charge is to help in transitioning into civilian and academic life.  B-CU’s Veteran Support Group provides a safe confidential space where veterans can discuss day-to-day issues with others who share similar experiences.  The group provides support, education and resources to military personnel who are transitioning to civilian life and for those who are considering joining the arms forces upon graduation. In addition a formal organization titled   “M. A2 N. C. LDRS” Leaders of Tomorrow, Today…. (Marines, Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard Leaders) has been established. 

November: Out of Darkness
A candlelight walk to remember the lives of students who felt disempowered and took their lives and to show others who have thought about or attempted suicide that life is worth living.

Nov 5: Another Day, Another Chance 2:00-6:00 pm on the Quad:

The walk provides advocacy, education and awareness about suicide and mental health issues. This event will pay homage to individuals who have lost loved ones as a result of suicide or mental health issues. Participants will be given an opportunity to make monetary contributions to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). In addition walkers will be asked to carry a gold balloon representing a loved one who has passed away as a result of suicide or mental health issues and/or a maroon balloon representing survivors of an attempted suicide.

Nov 8: We Honor Our Own joint venture with our Veteran organization (tentative 2:00-6:00 p.m.)

Bethune Cookman University has over 90 enrolled veterans.  We have established a support group to address the needs of these veterans; the charge is to help in transitioning into civilian and academic life.  B-CU’s Veteran Support Group provides a safe confidential space where veterans can discuss day-to-day issues with others who share similar experiences.  The group provides support, education and resources to military personnel who are transitioning to civilian life and for those who are considering joining the arms forces upon graduation. In addition a formal organization titled   “M. A2 N. C. LDRS” Leaders of Tomorrow, Today…. (Marines, Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard Leaders) has been established. 

December: Strategies for Combating Seasonal Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
(Seminar)

Counseling Center Events

September 4: Resource Awareness Fair in the Student Health Center: noon-3:00 p.m.

An Introduction to Student Health Services and Project S.T.E.P.S. Students will meet staff and learn about services provided as well as sign up for various support groups and events sponsored by Project S.T.E.P.S and the Counseling Center.

September 12: Welcome Back No Stress Fest on the quad from noon–7:00 p.m.

Play time is not just for kids, having an activity that you do just for fun is part of staying happy and energized as an adult, too. It's also a great stress reliever.Come out and support the Counseling Center as we host a day of fun filled activities to promote stress reduction and relaxation.  Join us in play as we revisit some of the games we’ve all played as children (i.e. jump rope, bubbles, twister, football, duck-duck- goose, potato sack race, etc.)

September 25: Anti Hazing Icebreaker for students: 7:00-8:00 p.m.

September 27: Parents' Lunch and Learn QPR, Anti Hazing, anxiety, depression and underrepresented student populations (Veterans, LGBTQ, Non-traditional students): noon-2:00 p.m.

October 9: Standing in Our Truth on the Quad: noon-3:00 p.m. and joint venture evening activity: 6:00- 7:00 p.m. with Multicultural Affairs Straight Talk

The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) was founded at Bethune Cookman University on August 31, 2012. GSA’s  motto is “Seeking enlightenment for people of all sexual orientation and gender identities”.  GSA will  host an awareness event on October 9, 2013 and will participate  in  Ally Week which is a national youth led effort empowering students to be allies against anti- LGBTQ bullying, harassment and name calling; this event will celebrate National Coming Out day with students sharing their stories with their peers. The goal is to diminish stereotypes and exclusion while identifying peer support for LGBTQ students on campus. During this event GSA members will encourage their peers to sign a pledge of taking a stance against harassment in order to provide a safe school environment.

October 24: Gay and Greek joint venture with our GSA organization: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

This forum will address the challenges of being Gay in a fraternity or sorority and the stigma, discrimination and alienation students often experience.

November 7: Tongues of Fire graduate seminar room: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

This spoken word event allows students to share their life journey and experiences through the art of spoken word.  The theme for the month of Septembers spoken word event will be focused on individuals who have lost a loved one as a result of a terminal illness (i.e. cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's, heart failure, etc.)

Nov 12: Rap our Culture - a joint venture with Multicultural Affairs 

Nov 19: Educational seminar on coping with stress and depression during the holiday: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Feb 13: Tongues of Fire: graduate seminar room: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Are you ready for a revolution of change? As we celebrate Black History month it is important that we pay homage to our ancestors and the legacy they have left, and we do so by bringing their spirit to life through spoken word.

Feb 21: The African Market on the quad from 2:00-7:00 p.m.

A celebration of the rich culture of African American/Afro Caribbean heritage. This Black History Month event promotes cultural inclusion and is open to staff, faculty and the community. We look forward to seeing you there, while you enjoy a variety of educational and entertaining events (i.e. music, the arts, speakers, exhibits, etc.) Join us in remembering the rich and complex tapestry of African America/Afro Caribbean culture.

March 19: Children of Hope Operation Haiti - joint venture with Multicultural Affairs: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

April 9: Tongues of Fire graduate seminar room from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
This will be an open spoken word event. Students will be permitted to come out and share some of their favorite pieces of poetry.

April 10: Through Our Eyes - joint venture with Multicultural Affairs: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

April 16: Gay and Greek Pat II (I am my Sisters/ My Brother’s Keeper Right??): 6:00-8:00 p.m.
How to minimize bias as it relates to gay relationships in sororities and fraternities as social/personal biases are more accepting of female to female relationships versus male to male relationships.

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