On Oct. 9 and 10, decorated shirts hung from trees all over the Student Union Building (SUB) patio to commemorate the Clothesline Project. With messages of hope, encouragement and personal life stories, students had the opportunity to share their support to those affected by domestic violence in the Boise community.
In cooperation with the Boise State Women’s Center, Dean of Students office and community partner the Women’s Children’s Alliance (WCA), the annual Clothesline Project sought to promote and raise awareness for the issue of domestic violence and the importance of building healthy relationships.
Lauren Oe, student support case manager for the Dean of Students office at Boise State, engaged students attending the Clothesline Project in order to express an overall goal of positive healthy relationships for the student body.
“The Dean of Students office represents the best interests of the student body,” Oe said. “We are one of the many campus resources available to students if they ever need guidance in their lives from academic to personal.”
Information booths also lined the SUB patio and fliers with all sorts of information regarding domestic violence were made available to curious students. From fliers and pamphlets stating basic statistics to ways in which a student can determine whether or not they are in a healthy relationship, the SUB patio was a haven for all those eager to learn more, as well as those seeking support.
Athena Hughes, outreach coordinator with the WCA, expressed her excitement in seeing so many students actively seeking to become better informed on the issue of domestic violence.
“This is one of my favorite parts to my job. I get to come out here and talk to all sorts of students from all sorts of backgrounds,” Hughes said. “It’s amazing to hear all the different stories from students and how this issue seems to effect many on campus whether that’s directly or indirectly.”
Hughes described the need for students to have accessibility to information regarding domestic violence not only in the Boise community but on a national level as well.
“This issue is prevalent everywhere, from Boise to other parts of the country. For students to have the opportunity to see these facts can only be beneficial to them,” Hughes said.
The shirt designing process was held in the Women’s Center lounge area where students had the chance to document the impact this event had on their perception of domestic violence.