From Nancy Young, Vice President, Student Affairs
Please join President Hrabowski, me and members of UMBC’s leadership team for our new Relationship Violence Prevention Grant and Red Flag Campaign Kickoff on Wednesday, November 3, at 12:10 p.m. in The Commons Sports Zone (mezzanine level).
Recent tragedies related to relationship violence and bullying on campuses across the nation call our attention to these issues and remind us that no campus is exempt. UMBC is fortunate to have received a grant from the Verizon Foundation to raise awareness, educate the campus community on issues related to relationship and dating violence and provide information to members of our community about resources and help.
Beginning Monday, November 1, you will see red flags posted around the campus as part of the Red Flag Campaign. Designed with a “bystander intervention” strategy, the campaign raises awareness and encourages friends and other campus community members to “say something” when they see the warning signs—“red flags”—for emotional or physical violence in a friend or colleague’s relationship including coercion, emotional abuse, sexual assault, victim-blaming, excessive jealously, isolation and stalking. An example of a helpful peer response is also provided on accompanying posters as well as on- and off-campus resource information.
The purpose of the Red Flag Campaign is to encourage members of our community to speak up when they see red flags for violence in their friends’ relationships. It is my hope that you will join the members of the UMBC community in using this campaign and subsequent programs as an opportunity to engage each other in dialogue and learning about healthy relationships, dating violence and relationship violence prevention.
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, November 3, in the Sports Zone. Questions may be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, ext. 5-2392 or firstname.lastname@example.org.