Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Update on the "UAA says NO MORE" campaign

The NO MORE campaign at UAA co-founded by Justice majors/Legal Studies minors Simona Gerdts and Kristen Speyerer continues to gain momentum. Simona and Kristen graduated in May 2014, but they are continuing to work on this project. Below are some recent highlights:

"UAA says NO MORE" officially added to list of NO MORE allies

UAA has been added to the growing list of organizations, clubs, and nonprofits that are uniting to end domestic violence and sexual assault.  "UAA says NO MORE" will now be known as the UAA "NO MORE Alliance." 

 UAA Resource Fair

The "UAA says NO MORE" group staffed a booth on April 17 and held a march to draw attention to the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Kristen Speyerer (l) leads the march in the Student Union.

Students staffing the resource table (l to r) Daniel Reinhard,
Camilla Hussein-Scott, Kristen Speyerer, Simona Gerdts.




Meeting with UAA Chancellor Tom Case

Kristen and Simona had the opportunity to talk to Chancellor Case about their work on "UAA says NO MORE."
L to r: Simona, Kristen, and Chancellor Case








Amazing Stories Series - UAA website


Simona and Kristen each wrote their story for this series.  Click here to read them.

NO MORE blog features Simona Gerdts 

"The Cycle Stops Here: A Child of Violence Says No More"

Simona Gerdts (r) and her family.







Victims for Justice Banquet

Simona and Kristen were nominated for a Victims for Justice media award for the "UAA Says No More" Facebook page by Cpt. Danyelle Kimp, U.S. Army Alaska SHARP Program (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention) Manager, JBER. They received a plaque in recognition of their nomination at the May 3 banquet.

At the banquet, members  of  "UAA Says NO MORE."
Seated l to r: Camilla Hussein-Scott, Kristen Speyerer,
Simona Gerdts. Standing l to r: Daniel Reinhard,
Sarah Anderson.





 KRUA Student Storyboard

L to r: Sarah Anderson (l) and  Simona Gerdts (r)
being interviewed by Kathleen McCoy.
Simona Gerdts and Sarah Anderson, a Native Aleut and UAA student, were interviewed on KRUA for Student Storyboard by Kathleen McCoy of UAA Advancement. The program aired on  KRUA, the student radio station at UAA, on May 2 and May 5. The discussion focused on how Simona's and Kristen's capstone project, "UAA says NO MORE," intersected with Sarah's desire to bring awareness of the problem of domestic violence and sexual assault to her village of Port Heiden.

Photo with Senator Mark Begich

Simona and Kristen had a photo taken with Senator Begich during his recent visit to the UAA campus and presented him with a NO MORE t-shirt.

L to r: Senator Begich, Simona, and Kristen.