Friday, May 2, 2014

Justice majors nominated for Victims for Justice award for UAA Says NO MORE campaign

Simona Gerdts and Kristen Speyerer, Justice majors/Legal Studies minors, have been nominated for a Victims for Justice award for their work initiating and coordinating the "UAA Says NO MORE"  campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault.

They were nominated for the Media Award category recognizing a person or organization contributing to awareness and understanding of victims in the media.  Winners in all 6 categories of awards - Role Model, Advocacy, James Gay Professionalism in the Line of Duty, Substantial Service to Victims, Phoenix Award, and Media Award - will be announced at the Victims for Justice annual awards banquet on Saturday, May 3 at the Dena'ina Center.
L to r: Kristen Speyerer and Simona Gerdts

The "UAA Says NO MORE" campaign is part of Simona and Kristen's degree capstone project with the UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL).  As part of the project, they worked to co-brand the "UAA Says NO MORE" campaign, which began the week of March 17 as a precursor to National Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, with the "NO MORE" national campaign to increase greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault. 

(Note: Don Megga of KFAT 92.9 won the award in the media category.)