This is the first year that the Domestic Violence Awareness House has had a presence on campus. House Manager, Shane Samuel ’13, says that he and his housemates are “trying to take a stand against domestic violence through educating others.” As a group, they participate in events surrounding domestic violence, such as discussions, fundraisers, and educational movie nights.
In the future, they plan to collaborate with fraternity members to raise awareness, as well as hosting more interactive events to encourage other students to get involved in making a difference.
“The goals of my housemates and I is to raise awareness and educate students and members of the Geneva community about domestic violence, which will hopefully cause students to want to be more involved in activities that strive to raise domestic violence awareness,” he says.
The other students that live in the house are Shanita McLeod ’13, Tatianna Echevarria ’13, Michael Morath ’13, Yesenia Morales ’13 and Patrick Fuller ’13.
Each year a number of students live in the many theme houses on the HWS campus. Theme houses are small houses in which students are given the opportunity to live under the same roof as peers who share similar interests and passions. Since students petition to create new themes each year, there are always several new themes on campus. Regardless of the theme, however, the members of each house are required to complete a certain amount of community service work toward their cause.
In the photo above, Samuel stands in front of the Domestic Violence Awareness theme house with Tatianna Echevarria ’13 and Shanita Mcleod ’13.