APRIL 3, 2023 — Every April UTSA initiates a Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign featuring a wide variety of events. This year's theme is “Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity” and features opportunities for Roadrunners to learn more about UTSA's culture of responsibility, discover support services, and get involved on campus.
These programs aim to empower survivors, promote awareness and support of the survivor community and make the campus safer for everyone.
Share Your Support
The first Tuesday of every April is SAAM Day of Action, an opportunity to start the month with highly visible and coordinated actions. SAAM Day of Action is the perfect opportunity to plan an event, post SAAM-related social media content, or participate in the #30DaysofSAAM.
Take a few minutes to visit the PEACE Center at the Start by Believing table at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5 on the Student Union Rowdy Lawn to pledge that you will “Start by Believing” when a survivor of sexual violence discloses to you.
Roadrunners are also encouraged to stop by the PEACE Center’s RAINN Day display on Wednesday, April 12 on the Student Union Rowdy Lawn to decorate an umbrella panel with encouraging words for individuals affected by sexual violence.
Workshops and Special Events
April 4 and April 25, 5:50 to 7:40 p.m.
Campus Recreation, Blue Studio (RWC 2.210)
Engage with the UTSA Police Department as it teaches participants simple self-defense movements and safety tips to keep themselves safer while in the San Antonio Community.
Wednesday, April 5, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02)
Sex Talk 2.0 is a safe space for students to ask questions about sex, personal health, and well-being. This event features a panel of experts and a resource fair that follows with community and campus partners.
What Were You Wearing? Opening Reception
Friday, April 7, beginning at 2 p.m.
Student Union, Gallery 23
When sexual violence occurs, the first question many survivors are asked is, “What were you wearing?” This exhibit challenges the myth that sexual violence occurs because of the clothing someone wears. Take time to read the personal stories of individuals affected by sexual violence while the exhibition is on display from April 3 to April 27. For more information, contact the PEACE Center.
Monday, April 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
H-E-B Student Union 2.214
The Peace Center and Wellbeing Services will host an informative and interactive Behaviors and Boundaries Lunch and Learn focused on behaviors that can lead to sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking and why it is necessary to have boundaries.
Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14, times vary
Campus Recreation, Rowdy Studio (RWC 2.234)
Take some time to connect with your mind and body by attending Restorative Yoga on at Campus Recreation. Restorative Yoga focuses on the individual’s own experiences, building a safe practice to work on health and wellness using the body’s beautiful capacity to heal from the inside out. No registration is required.
Friday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The UTSA Survivors Faculty & Staff Alliance will host a workshop for survivors and allies, led by staff and faculty members Madison Cowles Serna and Alán Serna. Brought to Light will encourage participants to create a cyanotype with provided materials to exercise their own empowerment or support of survivors. Participants will have the option to exhibit the finished works afterward on the third floor of the Art Building. Spots are limited, so registration is required.
Wednesday, April 19, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Student Union 2.01.20
Decorate jeans and denim with the Peace Center that will be displayed on April 26 for Denim Day. All jeans and decorating supplies will be provided.
Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training
Green Dot is an anti-violence, bystander intervention program that engages witnesses to interrupt potentially high-risk situations to promote a culture of respect. At UTSA, Green Dot provides training to help students understand strategies and tools they can use to prevent power-based personal violence on campus. Contact the PEACE Center to reserve your spot.
The PEACE Center provides confidential advocacy services to all Roadrunners who have experienced issues related to sexual assault, intimate partner/domestic violence, stalking, or other sexual misconduct. PEACE Center Advocates provide consultations about reporting options and support to those navigating institutional and/or community processes. Advocates address survivors' physical, emotional, and academic needs to help them heal and prevent further violence.
UTSA wants everyone to be aware of their options for reporting sexual violence and instances of misconduct. Survivors are encouraged to report and seek immediate support so that we can work together to keep the experience from impeding their goals.
As a campus community, UTSA has made significant progress in raising awareness, improving transparency, and implementing critical prevention and remediation measures against sexual violence and misconduct. The Roadrunner community is striving to be a national model for preventing sexual violence.
Don’t know where to start in looking for a job or internship? Virtually join in a live job/internship search navigation lab-style workshop. Follow along to bookmark and save opportunities you are interested in applying for.Student Union (SU 2.02.04,) Main Campus
Don’t know where to start in looking for a job or internship? 🔍 Primary platforms utilized during this workshop are Handshake and LinkedIn. Some industry-specific job search boards may be utilized.Student Union (SU 2.02.04,) Main Campus
First Friday Stargazing gives anyone free access to the night sky using university telescopes and teaching equipment. Weather permitting, experienced astronomers will provide a handful of telescopes of varying designs, give training on how each operates, and point to various astronomical objects that may appear in the sky for that given time of the year. If you have a telescope and do not know how to operate it, feel free to bring it and get instructions on its use.4th Floor of Flawn Science Building, Main Campus
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