April 24, 2017

Legal Studies paints the campus red for sexual assault awareness

Katrina Phelps, Cassandra Grape and Melody Maleski of LSTU 115 plant flags at the corner of Belknap and Catlin to help raise awareness of sexual assault.

Katrina Phelps, Cassandra Grape and Melody Maleski of LSTU 115 plant flags at the corner of Belknap and Catlin to help raise awareness of sexual assault.

Flags placed on campus to enhance awareness of sexual assault

Twenty-four Legal Studies and Criminal Justice students (plus family and friends) spent time “painting the campus red.” The LSTU and CJUS Program purchased 3,000 red flags to enhance public awareness of sexual assault, especially on college campuses. The corner UW-Superior sign of Belknap and Catlin as well as the interior of the campus between Old Main and Yellowjacket Union were “painted red” to mark national Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Law and Human Behavior (LSTU 115) class is engaging in an Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) project as part of the Speak Out Superior events on campus. They also created one topic educational posters that attendees can view on their way into the event.

Everyone is invited to attend, view the posters and learn about active bystander techniques relevant to sexual assault awareness.

Dr. Maria Cuzzo, instructor for this class, highlighted the program’s commitment to Academic Service-Learning by saying “AS-L is an evidence based High Impact Practice that directly engages the students with a community partner - in this case, CASDA (the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse). Through this active partnership, the students participate in experiential and real world activities that inform their view about the law and justice system. AS-L work is one of the most effective forms of teaching and learning. It’s exciting to see how students change their viewpoints and orientations on a topic like sexual assault by engaging in Academic Service-Learning.”

The project is support by the Interim AS-L Coordinator Katelyn Baumann within the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL). This is the fourth time that LSTU 115 has partnered with CASDA to enhance their programming.

Jenice Meyer, Interim Director of the CCEL, highlighted the importance of these experiences by saying “AS-L helps students apply what they are learning within the class to meet and address a real community identified need. It brings to life the curriculum and the importance of their courses, programs and undergraduate education. It also helps their confidence, self-efficacy and their recognition that their time and effort is valuable to the community.”

Overall AS-L averages 1500 student experiences within 12 academic departments involving over 150 community partners in a typical year.

Katrina Phelps, Cassandra Grape and Melody Maleski of LSTU 115 plant flags at the corner of Belknap and Catlin to help raise awareness of sexual assault.

Katrina Phelps, Cassandra Grape and Melody Maleski of LSTU 115 plant flags at the corner of Belknap and Catlin to help raise awareness of sexual assault.

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