Month: August 2017
Educational Program of the Month
Carnival Night #DoSomething
||University of Central Arkansas
|Person in charge:
||Thomas Bruick & Sexual Assault Awareness Committee
|Target Population: 1500
||Time Needed to Organize: 15 hours|
|Number of People in Attendance: 615
||Date(s) of Program: 08/22/2017|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 5
||Cost of Program: $1750|
|On-Campus Population: 3600
||Chapter Size: 16|
|Origin of Program:|
Carnival Night #DoSomething was originally a smaller Sexual Assault
Awareness Program that took place during Sexual Assault Awareness
month, April. The concern that the committee had was that April is too
late in the year and students were not getting the information when it
had the most impact and was needed.
Carnival Night was revamped and moved to take place during Welcome Week
in the Fall Semester to be both an engagement and educational program.
The idea behind Carnival Night was for students to engage in
entertaining games while indulging in their deeper meaning of awareness
and knowledge on a topic that is not normally discussed by their peers.
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
The Carnival was a Welcome Week Event targeted for incoming first-
time students but was open for all students. There were six carnival
booths: Darts, Bears, Oh My!, Banner Signing, Football Toss, Pick a
Duck, and Tea.
Students started by checking-in; they were handed a bag with event
information and a Stamp Card to track their progress throughout the
event. After at least five of the six events were stamped, students
could redeem an Event T-Shirt with the Carnival Logo on the front,
and a Talk-Bubble Graphic on the back saying, "Be Safe. Be
Responsible. Be Sure. If you didn't hear "YES" then it's "NO." Stop
Darts: Students threw a dart at a wall of balloons. There was a
number behind each balloon that correlated to a list of Bystander
Intervention Questions. The facilitator of the booth read the popped
question and the student had the opportunity to answer.
Bears, Oh My!: A group of students watched a parody video surrounding
the statistic that 1 in 5 people are attacked by a Bear, performed by
five famous actors. At the end of the video, viewers were encouraged
to not ignore the real statistic that 1 in 5 women are sexually
assaulted by the time they graduate if they wouldn't ignore a Bear
attack. Open discussion took place after about the statistics of men
who are sexually assaulted in college, ways to help prevent Sexual
Assault as a student, and the support and resources on campus,
including the Title IX Office.
Banner Signing: A full-sized sheet with the Talk-Bubble T-Shirt
graphic painted in the center was laid out for students to sign their
name; the banner will be displayed later in the year.
Football Toss: A Title IX definition/scenario was read. The student
then threw a football into one of nine holes that had words to
describe the scenario. Example: The definition of Consent is read and
there is a hole with the word Consent.
Pick a Duck: Students picked a decorated duck. Each duck had a number
on the bottom of it that correlated to a list of true or false rape
myth questions. Students then answered.
Tea: Each student was given a cup of tea. Following, the "Consent is
as Simple as Tea" video was played. At the end, questions such as,
"Did you want the Tea we gave you?" were asked, and an open-
discussion occurred on consent.
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|Goals of the program:|
Carnival Night #DoSomething aimed to attract students who may and may
not typically attend an Educational Program on Sexual Assault
Awareness. The program was meant to provide an opportunity for
students to engage and learn about the deeper topic of Sexual Assault
on college campuses. A few ways to attract students to attend was the
Title/Hashtag of the event, the well-known and nostalgic theme of the
event, and the incentive to receive a free T-Shirt.
By introducing the topic early, allowing the topic to be discussed,
changing discussion from awkward to accepted, and encouraging each
student to help prevent the normalization of Sexual Assault, the
Carnival aspired to allow the students of the University of Central
Arkansas to be a strong community and promote safety.
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
Carnival Night #DoSomething was successful in multiple ways.
As a result of attending the Carnival, students are more aware of
Sexual Assault on campus and definitions surrounding it. Students are
also aware of what to do when interacting with a Sexual Assault
situation, obvious or subliminal. Students now have the knowledge and
resources that enable them to be able to intervene, act, and report.
Students had the opportunity to interact with five groups on the
University of Central Arkansas campus that see the most interaction
with Sexual Assault: The Title IX Coordinator, Campus Police
Department, Counseling Center Counselors, Wellness Center Employees,
and Housing Officials.
Students were also able to meet other students on campus and engage
with them while experiencing the Carnival together.
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
Carnival Night #DoSomething was overall well-attended and well-
received. Students displayed comfort with engaging in fun activities
while having conversations that are not talked about often in a
The 2017 Carnival had 615 participants and 350 (100 percent) redeemed
shirts. This was an increase of approximately 115 participants
compared to 500 students that attended the 2016 Carnival.
Students only were required a stamp at five of the six booths to
redeem a shirt; the majority of participants completed all six
booths. Students also continued to participate in all activities
after learning that there were no shirts left to redeem.
Multiple students approached the facilitators of each booth that they
were happy that the Carnival took place and that the topic was about
discussing Sexual Assault Awareness on campus.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
Carnival Night is quite adaptable for any College or University.
All the chosen activities were homemade and related to the observed
engagement and culture of the University of Central Arkansas. This
can be adjusted for any campus.
Videos that contain messages that a campus wants to relay on the
topic can be hand-chosen, each carnival activity could be adjusted
based on relevant campus culture, and each booth can explain a topic to be as understandable as the campus wants them to be. The six
booths used for Carnival Night could be used at any campus, with the
questions and facts being changed to meet the community needs.
The Carnival Night #DoSomething goals aligned directly with the
National expectations for education on Sexual Assault on college
campuses; the content can be used at any campus with small
adjustments to match the students.
There was a relatively low budget for Carnival Night. The main need
for money connected to the largest incentive, the T-Shirts. The most
important aspect for the attendance of this program was the incentive
piece so students could arrive to learn.
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