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October is SafeU Month

University of Utah President Ruth Watkins has designated October as SafeU Month, an opportunity for the entire campus to engage in safety awareness, education and training.

The SafeU Month planning committee is inviting entities across campus to join the month-long event by hosting events and trainings—whether for internal teams or activities open to the campus community—and by helping to spread safety-related messages. Events are shown on the SafeU events and @theU calendars and listed below.

Week One (Sept. 30-Oct. 6): Did you know?

Learn about resources, support, tools, trainings and other safety general safety information.

  • Fall into Safety, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Union Plaza
    Join the U’s Department of Public Safety and several campus partners for the Fall into Safety event as the university kicks off SafeU Month. There will be lots of games and activities centered on raising safety awareness on campus, including a dunk tank, an impaired vision course, inflatable games and more. Come have fun, enjoy free food and learn more about campus safety efforts and resources.
  • SafeU Meet and Greet Tabling, Oct. 2, 11 a.m., Marriott Library, Level 2
    Swing by our table on Level 2 for some snacks and to sign up for upcoming SafeU events in the library, including:

    • Oct. 25: Challenging Rape Culture Training, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Gould Auditorium
    • Oct. 29 & 30, Healthy Relationships Trainings (2 parts), 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Faculty Center, 1705F.
  • The Clothesline Project Exhibition will run throughout the month,Marriott Library, Level 3
    The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with T-shirts, each designed by a survivor or in honor of a woman who has experienced violence to represent the woman’s personal experience. T-shirts may be created by those who identify as a woman and who have experienced violence; in honor of a woman in your life who has experienced violence, lost her life or taken her life due to violence.

    We hang these t-shirts as evidence of the epidemic of violence against women, impacting us and our community.And we hang these t-shirts in commitment to break the silence of violence and in support of survivors in their recovery process.

    The Clothesline Project is an interactive exhibit. The Eccles Health Science Library is providing blank T-shirts and art supplies.

Week Two (Oct. 7-Oct. 13): Staff Readiness

During Fall Break, the focus will be on staff trainings and events.

  • Taking Valued Action, Oct. 7, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
  • Introduction to Mindfulness, Oct. 8, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
  • Positive Psychology: Everyday Skills to Enhance Resilience, Oct. 9, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
  • Peer Support, Oct. 10, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Week 3 (Oct. 14-Oct. 20): Mental and Emotional Wellness

Highlight on self-care, suicide prevention, counseling resources, grief and bereavement, mental health support, bystander intervention training, etc.

  • Peace on Earth Awards, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m., Union Ballroom
    The Salt Lake Domestic Violence Coalition presents the Peace on Earth Awards to honor community members for their contributions to preventing and raising awareness about domestic violence. This year’s honorees are: Chad Sorensen and Debi Arnold (Justice Award); Brielle Decker (Empowerment Award); Tina Orme (Voice Award); and John Chadwick (Courage Award).
    To register, visit
Week 4 (Oct. 21-Oct. 27): Physical/Environmental Safety

Topics include lab safety, lighting, digital security and emergency response information.

  • Challenging Rape Culture Training, Oct. 25, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium.
    Learn how rape culture exists in our society, methods to unlearn harmful myths and the reality of sexual violence on college campuses.
Week 5 (Oct. 28-Nov. 1): Relationship Safety

Safety related to all types of relationships—from friends to peers, colleagues and intimate partners.

  • Healthy Relationships Trainings, Oct. 29-Oct. 30, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Marriott Library, Faculty Center 1705F
    Come follow a relationship, any relationship, through its natural trajectory. In this workshop, you will identify what makes a relationship “healthy,” what you want out of your relationships and how to respectfully end a relationship.

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