Activism to End Sexualized Violence

There are many campus and community events that work to end sexualized violence. The extent to which our community involves itself in these events largely determines their success. Below you will find information on annual events, both on the HSU campus and in the community. Please see the calendar on the left sidebar for the most current information on upcoming events.

The Consent Project

An annual Fall event, the Consent Project began in 2010 at Humboldt State University. The Consent Project is a space to recognize and honor survivors of sexualized violence of all genders. The event includes a space for survivors and allies to talk about how violence has affected them, as well as feature community resources and interactive art projects to deconstruct our ideas of gender and sexualized violence. Contact Mira Friedman for more information, (707) 826-5121.

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an annual campus and community event, usually occurring in the spring semester, organized by the HSU Women’s Resource Center. All students are encouraged to enroll in one or both of the 1-unit Spring courses offered by the Women’s Studies Department: Women’s Studies 480 "Organize Take Back the Night" or Women’s Studies 480 "Attend Take Back the Night."

"Take Back the Night" dates back to the 1970s and since then has been a slogan that has stood for many movements with varying, and at times opposing, aims. On university campuses and in small and large communities across the U.S. and the world, Take Back the Night primarily works to eliminate violence in all forms, with speak-outs and other forums that often focus on sexualized violence against women.

The Women’s Studies Department offers two 1-unit courses in conjunction with the activities of Take Back the Night. One class, "Attend Take Back the Night," is solely based on participation in the events, and the other, "Organize Take Back the Night," allows students from all departments to combine their efforts with the Women’s Resource Center to plan and implement the event’s activities. Contact the Women’s Resource Center for more information.

Organize Take Back the Night

"Organize Take Back the Night" is a 1-unit seminar offered every spring semester at Humboldt State University. Contact Jessica Urban for more information.

Attend Take Back the Night

"Attend Take Back the Night" is a 1-unit seminar offered every spring semester at Humboldt State University. Contact Jessica Urban for more information.

Act to End Sexualized Violence I

In the fall semester, the 1-unit course "Act to End Sexualized Violence" is offered. Everyone is encouraged to enroll! The course is a weekend seminar taught by staff and faculty from multiple departments, including Kim Berry of Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Maxwell Schnurer of the Communication Department, Mira Friedman, Health Educator, in conjunction with Paula Arrowsmith and Terra Emerson of the North Coast Rape Crisis Team.

"Act to End Sexualized Violence" was built out of student activism and addresses sexualized violence not just as an individual act, but as part of a rape-supportive culture. Sexualized violence affects everyone. This is a chance for students from all different majors and departments to take part in critical discussions about violence, accountability, healing, and supporting survivors. There will also be a component of the class focused on taking action to end sexualized violence. Contact Kim Berry for more information.

Act to End Sexualized Violence II

In the spring semester, Humboldt State University offers the 3-unit course, "Act to End Sexualized Violence II." This is the course designated for training peer educators. Students will complete background readings on prevention education and sexualized violence and develop the curriculum for peer education on sexualized violence prevention; the course will also work to build group facilitation and active listening skills. Qualified students will be eligible to receive internship credit for their work as peer educators the following semester. Contact Kim Berry for more information.