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Presidential Proclamation — National Disability Employment Awareness Month

President Obama has signed a proclamation declaring October 2016 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The proclamation acknowledges the disparities in the employment rate for people with disabilities and the discrimination that they face in finding work. It also celebrates the strides that have been made, particularly in federal employment and the federal contractor workforce, as well as through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. “This month, let us continue striving to forge a future where workplaces are more inclusive and where employees are more accepted for who they are,” said the President. “And because we know that our country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, let us keep working to ensure no one is left behind or unable to pursue their dreams because of a disability.”

To learn more, read the full Presidential Proclamation for National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2016.

Upcoming DVAM Events

The WSU Women’s Resource Center has shared the following events on their Upcoming Events Web Page:

  • FEMPowerment Lunch 10/6

    For this series, invited speakers join us for lunch to discuss empowering topics. We’ll provide the light lunch, you provide the conversation! Our second FEMPowerment Lunch guest speaker will be Donna Arnold, of Multicultural Student Services, who will join us to talk about what it means when personal issues are political. It’s a timely conversation for many reasons – the current election cycle, but also because in October we take part in many political actions focused on issues both political and personal, including sexual and domestic violence and breast cancer awareness. Join us for this conversation as we gear up for the Week Without Violence!

    Date: 10/6/2016 12:30:00 PM | Location: Women’s Resource Center, Wilson-Short Room 8

  • Week Without Violence

    From the 10th through the 14th of October, we will be observing the Week Without Violence. Our student leaders will be organizing events throughout the week. Get in touch (see the Contact Us page) if you want to be involved! Many of our partner organizations will also be busy with educational events throughout this time. If you know of one that we should add to our list, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

    Date: 10/10/2016 12:00:00 AM | Location:

  • Take Back the Night

    Every year, students opposed to sexual and domestic violence take back the night with this march. We would love your help to plan it! Contact us (see the link in the sidebar) and let us know – we’ll get you in touch with the organizers. This is a very powerful event, a chance for us to make a collective statement about violence and fear. Check back for more details!

    Date: 10/13/2016 7:00:00 PM | Location: Terrell Mall (in front of Todd)

  • FEMPowerment Lunch 10/20

    For this series, invited speakers join us for lunch to discuss empowering topics. We’ll provide the light lunch, you provide the conversation! Our third FEMPowerment Lunch guest speaker will be Katie Noble, violence prevention educator and cupcake artist, who will join us to talk about earning a living doing what you love.

    Date: 10/20/2016 12:30:00 PM | Location: Women’s Resource Center, Wilson-Short Room 8

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

“The physical and emotional scars of domestic violence can cast a long shadow. Too many individuals, regardless of age, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, circumstance, or race, face the pain and fear of domestic violence. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we shine a light on this violation of the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse, pledge to ensure every victim of domestic violence knows they are not alone, and foster supportive communities that help survivors seek justice and enjoy full and healthy lives…”

Read the full Presidential Proclamation for Domestic Violance Awareness Month 2016 by President Barack Obama, released on September 30, 2016.

What is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)?

Domestic Violence Awareness Month, otherwise known as DVAM, was first observed in 1987 with three primary goals in mind:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each year, this designation has been affirmed. To learn more, read the Presidential Proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2016 and the US Senate Resolution 566: Supporting the Goals & Ideals of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2016.

Get Involved

To get involved locally at WSU, make sure to check out the WSU Women’s Center Upcoming Events Web Page as well as Coug Health Event Listings. Make sure to keep checking this page as well for campus activities regarding Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

There are many ways to get involved on the web. Share and read DVAM topics on Twitter with #DVAM2016. For additional resources on how to get involved in Washington State, visit the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Web Page or check out the web resources listed below.

Explore Resources on DVAM

National Network to End Domestic Violence Web Page

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence Web Page

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Web Page

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Web Page

Campus and Local Resources on DVAM

WSU Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation Sex and Gender Based Violence Web Page

WSU Violence Prevention Resources from Health and Wellness Services

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse Home Page

Law Enforcement Resources

WSU Police Department Home Page

Pullman Police Department Home Page