Students in Colorado State University’s School of Social Work are hosting a benefit to raise awareness about violence against women.
“A Night for Women” will take place April 13 at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Colorado Room in downtown Fort Collins. Attendees are asked to bring one new toiletry item (shampoo, tampons, toilet paper, etc.) or $5 to be donated to the Crossroads Safehouse: Domestic Violence Shelter. Guests over the age of 21 can enjoy complimentary beer donated by Maxline Brewing Company, while supplies last.
The event will also feature performances by spoken word poet Estefania Munoz, rapper Qbala, and DJ Two Scoops.
The entire Fort Collins community is invited to attend.
“We hope our event raises awareness for this important issue. And while awareness is good, we believe that it is not enough. That’s why we are collecting supplies for Crossroads Safehouse,” said Alexiss Thomas, junior social work student and one of the event organizers. “Stopping violence against women isn’t just about creating laws to keep women safe. There needs to be social change as well.”
Putting theory into practice
The event is part of a project for the students’ Generalist Practice, Organizations and Communities class which teaches students how to engage their communities to create change. By organizing an event, the students are putting what they are learning in the classroom into practice explained Malcolm Scott, assistant professor in CSU’s School of Social Work and faculty adviser for the event.
“Experiential learning continues to be a dynamic pedagogical practice that joins learning and real-life experiences,” Scott said. “These experiences often allow for deeper reflection, cross-cultural engagement opportunities, and growth in writing and critical thinking skill development for our students.”
The School of Social Work is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.