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GSU launching new antiviolence initiative

Updated: December 18, 2013 6:12AM



Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, has launched Respond to Violence, a new multimedia initiative.

R2V is a campuswide initiative under the new Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service and is intended to engage faculty, staff, students and surrounding communities in violence prevention and education across a spectrum of disciplines including education, counseling, media, health, the arts, politics, civic engagement and social justice; all at GSU.

In the fall of 2014, the themes of civic engagement, global citizenship and sustainability will be integrated into the general education curriculum standards for the new incoming freshman class.

The project uses film and digital media to give voice to those impacted by violence. It will allow GSU faculty, students and community members at large to engage in meaningful dialog and develop solutions to the violence crisis.

The taping of “Communities in Crisis” featured video testimonials from the families of Hadiya Pendleton and Blair Holt, violence prevention experts and advocates.

Panel guests included U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, legal analyst Irv Miller, and Marlita White, director of the Office for Violence Prevention, Chicago Department of Public Health.

The Respond to Violence initiative began as a result of a faculty member’s personal family experience with violence in Chicago. Media professor Yevette Brown’s son was hit by a stray bullet as he drove to the grocery store in his Chicago neighborhood. Brown since has made it her priority to give voice to those impacted by violence through her specialty as a communications and media expert.

The initial video program, “Respond to Violence: Communities in Crisis,” will coincide with the launch of RespondtoViolence.com.

For more information, contact Lindsay Gladstone at lgladstone@govst.edu or call (708) 534-7090.

Staff report



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