Month: April 2012
Diversity Program of the Month
Tuesdays in Teal
||University of Northern Colorado
|Person in charge:
|Target Population: 500
||Time Needed to Organize: 1 month|
|Number of People in Attendance: 700
||Date(s) of Program: 4/24/2012|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 2
||Cost of Program: $400|
|On-Campus Population: 3200
||Chapter Size: 27|
|Origin of Program:|
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The color associated with
this awareness is teal.
According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network.
-1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted
or compelted rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8%
-17.7 million American women have been the victims of attempted or
-9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003.
Tyrell Allen, a Diversity Mentor at the University of Northern
Colorado wanted to organize an awareness program for this issue.
Diversity Mentors work for Housing & Residential Education as peer
mentors who facilitate conversations around social justice. Working
with a fellow Diversity Mentor and a plethora of volunteers Tyrell was
able to coordinate a truly impactful program.
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
Tuesdays in Teal is an awareness program for the University of
Northern Colorado Community around the issue of sexual asault.
Tyrell Allen and Helly Hernandez, the event organizers recruited
approximately 50 volunteers.
These volunteers wore Teal T-Shirts which said one of three things
on the front, "Tuesdays in Teal", "Consent Turns Me On",
or "Consensual is the New Sensual". The Back of the shirts included
statistics about sexual assault and contains the tag line: It
impacts UNC Students, Faculty, Staff and their friends, family,
Many folks wore these shirts all day inspiring comments from their
classmates and encouraging conversation about Sexual Assault.
Another component to the program was that about 20 of the volunteers
held a sign during passing periods in well-frequented areas. These
volunteers were frozen holding signs about sexual assault
specifically among college students and residents of Colorado. This
helped make the issue even more salient for many students, faculty,
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|Goals of the program:|
This program had several goals:
1. To show UNC's concern for Sexual Assault... especially during
Sexual Assault Awareness Week
2. To start conversations about consent, what consent looks like,
and how important it is
3. To show a visible number of UNC students that want to end sexual
assault, educate their peers on consent, and want to be a support
network for victims of sexual assault.
Although the goals of this program can be hard to evaluate in exact
numbers, this program's goals were accomplished based off of the
number of positive conversations, comments, and head-nods recieved
for those wearing the shirts or holding the signs.
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
This program has a few positive and lasting effects which include:
1. Continued conversations about sexual assault. In order to
end/begin to limit something as large and overwhelming as sexual
assault, it is necessary for this to be a consistent conversation.
By braning the program as Tuesdays in Teal, the program has the
ability to live on every Tuesday. Each Volunteer got to keep their
shirt, so everytime they wear it they have the opportunity to create
2. Showing a student-led concern with these issues. By having
students address this issue, we are showing that it is truly an
issue for our whole community.
This program also had the opportunity to empower many of its
participants. Many of the volunteers were women, who expressed
afterwords that they felt incredibly moved participating. It as
well gives the opportunity for men to show their support as allies.
Although Sexual Assault does not only happen to women, the bulk of
its victims are women and its perpetrators are men. By giving men
the ability to be allies, we are addressing the problem in a greater
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
This program was incredibly successful. Although it was a costly
program, it did have a huge impact on our campus. At least 50
people directly benefitted form the program through volunteering and
another 300-900 benefitted as well from reading the signs and t-
There is no way to measure how important this program is except by
student commentary. This program is essential in creating a
University community that fights for all its members' rights and is
active in creating change.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
This program could be adapted to other campuses in several ways:
1. Find funding. Your Women's Studies Program, Assault Survivors
Advocacy Program, Counseling Programs, Student Activities, or
Housing Departments might sponsor t-shirts and signs.
2. Design the t-shirts. Get the statistics for how Sexual Assault
impacts your school, this is really important in creating saliency
for the program.
3. Create A Sign-UP Genius to organize volunteer times/locations.
This is really helpful as it is a clear and concise means of
communication. Also it allows you to email all the volunteers at
once which is helpful for any detail changes or necessary things
like sign/t-shirt distribution sites.
4. Be aware of the weather. It rained at one point during our
program. This has the potential to make volunteers miserable and to
ruin signs. When it rained during our program though, people were
almost extra sympathetic to our cause and were more likely to read
Truly make this program your own though. It has the opportunity to
do so much good. An alternative to this program is Thursdays in
Black which is a program that has been adopted on many college and
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