February 16, 2017
Wesleyan students create phone bank to increase civic engagement on campus:
Wesleyan University students Jacob Karlin ’17 and Olivia Morris ’18 created what they are calling the “#CallToAction” phone bank at the school in order to help students contact their state and local representatives about issues that they are concerned about. The phone bank occurs weekly, with each session centering on a specific topic. Currently, the students are focusing on state level government, where they believe they will have the most success. The leaders began to brainstorm ideas for the bank shortly after the election and participants are growing in number each week.
Amherst President condemns Trump’s “Muslim Ban” after protest from college community:
Amherst College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin released a statement reacting to student outcry after Trump’s travel and immigration ban. In the statement she asked top administrators to work to protect immigrant and refugee students outlined Amherst’s further plans to support its international community. Martin also declared her opposition to the ban overall. She also arranged for the college’s legal counsel to be available to students for immigration purposes.
Connecticut College hosts annual Green Dot Week:
Green Dot Week occurred from Feb. 3-9 at Connecticut College, focusing on activities and events to raise awareness of violence prevention. The Green Dot program is the college’s bystander intervention education against stalking and domestic, sexual and dating violence. Sports teams dedicated games to awareness and the dining hall had a Green Dot themed dinner complete with decorations and souvenirs. The group began in 2010 and participation has increased each year.