Quincy University to host Safety Awareness Week activities

Posted: Sep. 20, 2013 9:38 am Updated: Oct. 4, 2013 10:15 am

Safety-related issues will take center stage during Safety Awareness Week next week on the Quincy University campus.

The highlight of the week will be the annual Take Back the Night event at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hall of Fame Room in the QU Health and Fitness Center near 20th and Oak. The keynote speaker will be Kyla Lacey, also known as the Rising Phoenix Poet.

Take Back the Night is an international event focusing attention on sexual violence, relationship violence and other forms of interpersonal violence. The event provides an opportunity for the community to proclaim how each person has the right to live free from violence and for the voices of people affected by violence to be heard.

The event is open to the public. Resource information will be available.

Various other safety-related events will take place throughout the week on the QU campus. Among them will be a "Look at Safety" event from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Student Center's main dining room. A large campus map will be on display, and visitors will be able to apply sticky notes to pinpoint any place they have felt unsafe.

Likewise, a campaign dubbed "If I Were a Thief" will take place Monday through Wednesday around campus. Students will be going to various public places and putting sticky notes on items susceptible to theft. The sticky notes will bear the words: "If I were a thief, I would have stolen this." The campaign is intended to raise awareness and reduce incidents of theft on campus.

Other events include:

º Dinner with campus security officers from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the main dining room. Posters with pictures and information about each officer will be on display at several locations.

º A seminar on personal safety at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Hall of Fame Room. The seminar will include a discussion on self-defense, bystander intervention, strategies to keep out of dangerous situations and procedures to report incidents.

º A program on alcohol safety at 8 p.m. Thursday in the main dining room. Information will be presented on how to stay safe in settings where alcohol is being consumed and how much alcohol is too much. A root beer "kegger" will be available.

º A theft safety seminar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the main dining room. The seminar will provide insights on how to protect valuables and guard against theft. Data from the "Look at Safety" and "If I Were a Thief" events will be shared.