SUNY Potsdam – Supporting Each Other and Fighting Back!

SUNY Potsdam September 2015

It was really exciting to bring our badass Students Fight Back event to SUNY-Potsdam! These students really came together to support one another all while learning how to be their own best protectors. At the top of our SFB program, we share our story and emphasize that because violence touches each and every one of us, violence is truly an epidemic. The reason why we at SFB & GFB feel that it is so important to talk about the reality of violence in our everyday lives is that we know the more we talk about it, the more we will be able to realize we are not alone. When we realize that the experiences we ourselves have lived through or the experiences of close friends or family members are not isolated events, we allow ourselves to build greater connections within our own communities.

A week before the SFB event in Potsdam, a tragic event struck a nearby campus. What I admire about the students of Potsdam and the students in the surrounding area, is that they were able to come together after this tragedy. It was wonderful to have students familiar with our GFB program show up as well as a few first-timers! We were very lucky to have Bradon, a senior at SUNY-Potsdam, return for a second year as our not-so-scary Creeper McCreeperson volunteer. I want to add a special shout out to Jackie and Ruth for putting together and running a truly special SFB event.

Thank you & go forward peacefully!
-SFB Morgan

Gettin’ Crazy at Clover

My trip to Clover Park Technical School was much easier than my previous South Dakota excursion as it is only about an 90 minutes from my house! I love traveling, but wow is it nice to drive to a program and be able to drive back home after.

This school had a really cool student center and the set up was awesome! CPTS is a commuter school and I was really impressed with the group that turned out. They also laughed at my jokes, so that helps 🙂

The students had participated in an anti-violence campaign and committed that “These Hands Don’t Hurt”. I thought that was really great and a very welcome sight. I’m on the road again and forgot the connector to get my pics off my camera and onto the computer, but they’ll be coming soon…

Thank you to Gwendolyn for your efforts to bring GFB to Clover Park and to  Sean for being an awesome “Scary Bad Guy”.  Thank you also to the amazing students who spoke to me after the program- I’m sure you’ll do great things…