On Thursday, April 20th we will recognize the Day of Silence. The purpose of this day is to silently and peacefully protest anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) bullying, harassment, and name calling. However, the Day of Silence also represents a peaceful protest of a problem that affects all students no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.
On April 20th, students are encouraged to take a vow of silence to represent the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT people and their allies. At 3:45 pm, those participating are encouraged to meet in the Center for Student Leadership, Diversity, and Involvement in the Knutzen Cardinal Center for a “breaking of the Silence” where there will be speakers talking about the issue of bullying and harassment.
While it is encouraged to take a vow of silence for the day outside of class, students are legally required to participate in class discussion and activities if the instructors so desire. We hope that you can join us in this effort to help break the silence of bullying and harassment towards the LGBT community and their allies.
To learn more about the National Day of Silence (recognized on 4/21) you can head to the following link: https://www.glsen.org/day-of-silence
This program is being led by Alexandria Malone of the Student Program Board.