BY: JASON PANGIARELLA, Coordinator of Student Life and Student Success
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the current fad of themed months, such as Zoo and Aquarium Month, Oral Hygiene Awareness Month, National Financial Literacy Month, National Poetry Month. (All real!) But at Northland Community and Technical College, our faculty and staff are looking at a very important occasion to take proactive steps for our students.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we’re keen to make sure our students are equipped with knowledge they need to protect themselves and seek help if necessary. Northland is set apart from a lot of the stereotypes of college – we don’t have fraternities or sororities, and as such have a different student composition. But be that as it may, our administration, faculty, staff, and student leadership take concerns about sexual violence extremely seriously.
As a part of this, Northland is partnering with the Violence Intervention Project (VIP) to kick off Sexual Assault Awareness month. VIP is a non-profit organization that serves survivors of domestic or sexual violence in northwest Minnesota, and across Minnesota via their crisis line (1-800-666-6667) and together, we are hosting a viewing of the documentary film The Hunting Ground.
In The Hunting Ground, “through expert insights, and first-person testimonies, the film follows undergraduate rape survivors pursuing both their education and justice, despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on them and their families.” This Emmy Award winning documentary showcases the legal fight of survivors to hold accountable the representatives of university administration and ensure Title IX federal regulations are followed at their respective universities.
Northland and VIP will host this viewing on March 30th with two showings that day. First will be at 11:30 a.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m. with both viewings in room 201/203 on the Northland-Thief River Falls campus. We are happy to provide light refreshments as well for those attending the viewing. We will also have members of the staff of VIP and Northland on hand to answer questions raised from the issues presented in The Hunting Ground.
For more information on The Hunting Ground please visit their website at www.thehuntinggroundfilm.com. More information on preventing and surviving sexual violence can be found at www.mncasa.org/prevent and www.northlandcollege.edu/sexualviolence