October 23, 2017

Painting the campus purple for domestic violence awareness

The Legal Studies & Criminal Justice Program is committed to raising awareness on domestic violence in the region. Thirty-seven students and their family and friends spent an afternoon “painting the campus purple” as part of a local effort to educate the community.

The Legal Studies & Criminal Justice Program is committed to raising awareness on domestic violence in the region. Thirty-seven students and their family and friends spent an afternoon “painting the campus purple” as part of a local effort to educate the community.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior Legal Studies - Criminal Justice Program is committed to raising awareness on domestic violence in the region. Thirty-seven students and their family and friends spent a recent afternoon “painting the campus purple” as part of a local effort to educate the community.  

The LSTU 115 Law and Human Behavior class (two sections every fall semester) performs an Academic Service Learning (AS-L) project every semester on domestic violence and sexual assault issues. This semester’s project was done in collaboration with the Douglas County Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team (DV-CCR).  

“Students engaging directly with community partners to achieve a community oriented goal,” said Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo, who teaches these courses and highlighted the importance of Academic Service Learning work. “There are hundreds of people in Douglas County who suffer from domestic violence and its ripple effects, so we need to be consistently committed to raising awareness around this key issue.  That’s why these students turn out on a Sunday afternoon to paint the campus purple; and that’s why the Legal Studies - Criminal Justice Program is committed to helping.”

More than 3,000 purple flags were planted on the corner of Belknap St. and Catlin Ave. in Superior and around the interior square of the campus to raise public awareness on domestic violence. Purple is the color of the annual October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The “painting the campus purple” effort supports the upcoming open campus and community event to educate on the topic “Why Do They Stay?  An Exercise in Understanding Domestic Violence”. The students of the LSTU 115 courses displayed educational posters related to domestic violence.

As part of their AS-L project this fall semester, the students also viewed the powerful film “Power and Control” that featured the Duluth Model of domestic violence responses and engaged in active bystander training with Associate Dean of Students Tammy Fanning.  The students have written reflections on their learning and have committed to making a difference on this issue through their activities.

“Stopping domestic violence requires day in, day out commitment,” says Cuzzo. “Everyone has a role in being an active bystander and insisting that even one case of domestic violence in Douglas County is one case too many.”

The Legal Studies & Criminal Justice Program is committed to raising awareness on domestic violence in the region. Thirty-seven students and their family and friends spent an afternoon “painting the campus purple” as part of a local effort to educate the community.

The Legal Studies & Criminal Justice Program is committed to raising awareness on domestic violence in the region. Thirty-seven students and their family and friends spent an afternoon “painting the campus purple” as part of a local effort to educate the community.

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