Domestic violence awareness events planned at Miami Regionals

By Brennan Burks, public affairs, Miami Regionals

Miami Regionals’ Middletown campus will host a number of events in October to raise awareness about domestic violence. All events are free and open to the public.

Oct. 6, Diversity in Christianity: Are women leaders or second-class citizens?, noon, 115 Johnston Hall. An informal conversation with three local leaders in a mainline traditional church. Carole Ganim, retired professor of English, the Rev. John Paddock and the Rev. Canon Richard Palmer will examine modern Christianity and its views toward women’s roles and social justice issues.

Oct. 12, Domestic Violence from a Mental Health Therapist’s Viewpoint, 11:30 a.m., 18 Johnston Hall. Marnie Levine-Einfeldt LISW-S from Community First Solutions, a nonprofit organization serving Butler and Warren counties, will share her experience with domestic violence.

Oct. 12, The Importance of First Response, 1 p.m., 18 Johnston Hall. One in three women and one in six men are directly affected by sexual violence, and yet many people don’t know how to talk about it. Jamie Sivrais from A Voice for the Innocent shares how to respond when a loved one tells us they have been affected by it and why you don’t have to have a story to have a voice. This event is co-sponsored by Middletown Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MMARS).

Oct. 24, Entrepreneurship through Social Enterprise, 11:30 a.m., 18 Johnston Hall. In this workshop, Lauren Matus from SoulCraft Studio, will introduce you to social entrepreneurship and provide you with ideas about how you can improve your community through equity, social enterprise and fair trade. This workshop is for those who want to start their own business and love to give back to their community. 

Oct. 24, Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired?, 1 p.m., 18 Johnston Hall. In this fact-filled, call-to-action presentation by Lori Burton-Cluxton of Advantage Point Coaching, you will be taken down a personal path to learn five steps that you can immediately implement to feel more alive, energized and balanced.

Oct. 26, Why Our Actions Matter - Reducing Violence on Campus and in the Community,11:30 a.m., 18 Johnston Hall. This program is dedicated to changing cultural norms and beliefs that violence is inevitable. Bystanders have a huge part in reducing the number of people being hurt. This presentation by Ann Brandon of Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence will help you create a list of proactive behaviors for bystanders and address common barriers when faced with situations that could lead to violence. 

Oct. 26, Financial Empowerment Workshop, 1 p.m., 18 Johnston Hall. Mary Kovach, assistant professor of commerce, will help participants identify and understand financial abuse, learn financial fundamentals, create budget strategies, and develop a strategy to become debt-free.

The Clothesline Project (CLP) is on display through the month of October across the Middletown campus. The project started in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women and is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt.

The CLP creation phase will take place Oct. 3–7, next to the information desk in Johnston Hall. Shirts can be dropped off or made on-site from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. You can view shirts designed by the Middletown campus community in honor of women survivors and in memory of victims of various kinds of violence. 

This event is supported by SERVE (Students Engaging in Real Volunteer Efforts). These events are sponsored by the Miami Middletown Diversity Council and Miami Regionals dean's office and commerce department. For more information on this event, call Mary Kovach at (513) 217-4179.