Relationship Violence Awareness Month

rvamCSU’s Women & Gender Advocacy Center is observing Relationship Violence Awareness Month in October with three-days-worth of events, including two events with the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. Human Trafficking in Colorado Human trafficking is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act by force, fraud, or coercion. Human trafficking victims are difficult to identify and assist without targeted identification and referral efforts. Victims can be anyone from around the world or right in your backyard. Human Trafficking occurs in Colorado more often than you might expect. This workshop will raise awareness to Human Trafficking, offer insight to the types of human trafficking found in Colorado and the response system to both labor and sex trafficking. Workshop participants will learn how to identify various forms of exploitation, and how to work with victims and survivors, domestic and foreign nationals. Event starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 in LSC 308. Workshop: Healing through Art Can you bless the mic? We are calling out all artists musicians, singers, rappers, poets, monologues - your piece should convey the message of love, pain, relationships, healing or something similar. Event starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center located in the LSC. WGAC Open House The Women and Gender Advocacy Center welcomes all students, faculty, and staff to its open house from 10-4 p.m. Oct. 22. in the LSC Women and Gender Advocacy Center office and in Student Services 112. Visit both offices to receive a giveaway. Raising Queens Table Talk Women of color Talking about relationship violence to begin Create a foundation or A healthier, more respectful future. We can claim this for ourselves. Event starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center located in the LSC. Intersections Of Human Trafficking & Dating Violence Which one is it – Domestic Violence or Human Trafficking? This workshop will explore the intersection of domestic violence and human trafficking. Participants will be given the definition of human trafficking and common misconceptions. Sex and labor trafficking by an intimate partner or family member will be discussed, as well as why domestic violence advocates possess many skills already to help victims of human trafficking. Event starts at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in LSC 304.

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Professors help disabled farmers and ranchers

Two CSU professors will continue assisting those who are responsible for feeding millions of Americans every year work through their disabilities and run successful agricultural operations. Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Norm Dalsted and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Robert Fetsch have received a four-year grant of $720,000 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to provide assistance, networking, and educational workshops across Colorado for farmers and producers affected by disabilities. 35090_00043The workshops, part of the Colorado AgrAbility Project, were developed in partnership with CSU Extension and Goodwill Industries of Denver. For the past 16 years, CSU has led the AgrAbility Project and has served 436 clients. Now, with another four-year renewal, the university will have led this program for a full 20 years. “It is often hard to get farmers and producers to admit that they have disabilities such as back and hearing problems, arthritis, and PTSD,” said Dalsted. “That there has been so much interest in these workshops over the years testifies to their continued service to a sizable community.” In addition to working with individuals with physical and emotional disabilities, Dalsted said that the workshops will also target veterans in need of assistance. “We know that we can do more to help veterans who have returned to family farms and businesses. Our outreach will target that group more directly in this grant cycle,” Dalsted said. Those interested in attending the free workshops should contact Candiss Leathers via email or phone at (720) 539-4435 or Norm Dalsted via email or phone at (970) 222-5657. Schedule The AgrAbility Business & Financial Planning workshops will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will include a box lunch for those who pre-register at least one week prior to the workshop. For additional information, individuals can contact local Extension agents. The workshop schedule is:

  • Oct. 30: Steamboat Springs: contact Todd Hagenbuch, (970) 879-0825
  • Nov. 6: Mancos: contact Tom Hooten, (970) 565-3123
  • Nov. 7: Alamosa: contact Marvin Reynolds, (719) 852-7381 ext. 15
  • Jan. 26: Burlington: contact Ron Meyer, (719) 346-5571
  • Jan. 27: Lamar: contact Bruce Fickenscher, (719) 438-5321
  • Feb. 2: Aurora: contact Sheila Gains, (303) 738-7943
  • Feb. 3: Greeley: contact Keith Maxey, (970) 304-6535 ext. 2075
  • Feb. 4: Sterling: contact Bruce Bosley, (970) 522-3200 ext. 285

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