April 13, 1998
Geneva, NY — Ten students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges have organized a conference for their peers, locally and at other upstate New York institutions, to illustrate that they have no tolerance for sexual assaults. The conference, scheduled for Sunday, April 19, will feature keynote speaker Allyson Kurker, herself a victim of an assault, and nearly a dozen workshops focusing on specific areas in which these students believe they need to educate themselves.
The conference was conceived and organized by the Zero Tolerance Conference Committee, co-chaired by senior Katie Martin and sophomore Michael Harms.
“National media attention…has focused on issues of sexual assault and violence that have plagued college and university campuses,” wrote the committee in their letter to other students. “This focus demands a response from colleges and universities that serves to build networks and teams to work to combat and eradicate such abuses of humanity. Eradication of such abuses requires dialogue — this conference hopes to provide expert facilitators who will encourage such conversations.”
Organizers hope that the conference will draw several hundred students. To date, interest has been strong.
“We are very excited about the collaborative, intercollegiate opportunities this conference will provide,” say the students. “The combination of information, dialogue, and experiences will result in memorable and rewarding experiences for us all.”
For more information about the program, contact Michael Harms or Katie Martin at 315: 781-3512.
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