Ram Nation will participate in the 10th annual White Ribbon Day, a statewide campaign that asks men to pledge to be part of the solution in ending violence against women and all gender-based violence.
White Ribbon Day, to be held this year on Wednesday, March 1, is part of an initiative by Jane Doe Inc. to change societal attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate violence against women and all genders.
On Wednesday, Suffolk’s male student-athletes, coaches, and administrative staff will wear a white ribbon pledging their commitment to the movement, with student-athletes staffing an information table and handing out white ribbons from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Somerset Building and the department promoting the initiative through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, using the initiative’s official hashtags, #WRD and #ReimagineManhood.
Suffolk will be one of 100 municipalities and schools in a newly introduced “Raise a Flag to Raise Awareness” initiative. A flag will be raised in the Michael and Larry Smith Fitness Center on the day of the event.
“The Suffolk University Athletics Department is thrilled to be partnering with the Suffolk Title IX Office in support and promotion of White Ribbon Day,” said \ Athletics Director Cary McConnell. “We are proud to stand up and pledge our commitment as a department and individuals to never stand for violence against women or individuals of any gender. Our goal is to bring this important issue to light by pledging to be part of the solution.”
“I am so grateful to Cary McConnell, all of the male athletes, coaches, and staff who are supporting this very important event that will raise awareness around the prevention of gender-based violence,” said Sheila Calkins, Director of Title IX at Suffolk. “The Massachusetts White Ribbon Campaign rallies all men to use their leadership to build a campus climate that promotes healthy relationships for everyone.”
Jane Doe Inc. invites men from all walks of life to become white ribbon ambassadors and to add their voices in seeking solutions to end violence against women. The basic role of an ambassador is to serve as an example to others by wearing the White Ribbon during the week of March 1 and especially on White Ribbon Day. An ambassador also is challenged to recruit five or more friends and colleagues to wear a white ribbon pin on that day and to participate in local proclamation events and other activities to promote Massachusetts White Ribbon Day.