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UTSA Women's Studies Institute hosts Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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(Oct. 4, 2013) -- The UTSA Women's Studies Institute will host events in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, part of a national effort to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.

In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed, and today, WSI joins these national advocacy efforts to help stop all forms of intimate partner violence.

Events will begin with "Take Back the Night" from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7 at Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus. The event is part of an international initiative to raise awareness about violence against all genders. It will begin with poster making at 6 p.m., followed by a brief march around the campus with chants to reclaim the night, a time that has been unsafe for many marginalized groups. The event will close with an open-mic poetry reading, where the UTSA community is invited to share poetry and brief narratives that connect to the theme of domestic violence prevention.

For more information, visit the UTSA Women's Studies Institute website or call 210-458-6277.

Additional events this month include:

>> Film screening: "Forget Not My Dream" by Nereida Reyes
Friday, Oct. 11
10-10:50 a.m.
Main Building Room 0.226, Main Campus

Nereida Reyes, a Puerto Rican woman, survives domestic violence, and then chooses to focus on her education. The screening will be followed by discussion.

>> Lecture/Performance: "The Faces of Violence" by Reanae McNeal
Friday, Oct. 25
2-2:50 p.m.
Business Building Room 2.01.18, Main Campus

Reanae McNeal, an award-winning international performing artist, inspirational speaker, oral HERstorian and cultural scholar-activist, will discuss the complexities of oppression of women as it relates to domestic violence. The lecture/performance will convey research information using stories, poetry and high-spirited singing.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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