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Advocacy

ADVOCACY

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Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic was the 2016-2017 recipient of Shepherd University's "Outstanding Service Award", a faculty excellence award and most significant honor conferred upon faculty who shows exceptional dedication to the value of learning through service and creative outreach initiatives on campus and throughout the community at large. Howard-Bostic's role as an advocate has been to bring university and community members together to inform these populations about social problems and related solutions. She organizes events, creates related surveys and produces analyses, and challenges students to grasp a better understanding of the related literature. The projects typically involve service and experiential learning assignments and faculty-led student research to encourage the next generation to empower their peers.

Red Flag campaign against dating violence

In the fall of 2016, Dr. Howard-Bostic organized the "Red Flag Campaign" with support from the Shepherd community and local organizations. The Red Flag Campaign, a Title IX and healthy relationships campaign urged the Shepherd community to engage in social action and learn new bystander intervention techniques. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The project promoted healthy relationships, freedom, respect, happiness, equality, and safety. Howard-Bostic encouraged members of the entire Shepherd community to take a stand by raising red flags about jealousy, control, put-downs, abuse, and other related behaviors. Members of the campus community decorated 800+ red flags as warning signs for dating violence and placed them on campus to showcase campus action. Participants were asked to complete a campus-wide survey. Faculty and students involved in the project will present the survey findings at a professional conference.

The Kickoff Lecture

The kickoff lecture, “The Red Flag as the Voice of the Shepherd Family” was presented by Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium. CLICK HERE to view a PDF file of the kickoff lecture presentation.

Red Flag Statements

Students, faculty, staff, and the community participated by writing a statement on a red flag. Tables were set up for 3 days at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, the Scarborough Library, the Wellness Center, White Hall, and Erma Ora Byrd Hall. There volunteers from all administrative teams and schools at the university. CLICK HERE to view a PDF file of statements that were written on the red flags.

Healthy Relationships Instagram Project

The Healthy Relationships Instagram project was launched for 3 days using Instagram @Shepherdu. Students and community members posted images and videos about their experiences and participation in the Red Flag Campaign.

The Flag Display

The 4 day Flag display took place on West Campus Drive on the Shaw Hall lawn of Shepherd University. The 800+ decorated Red Flags showcased Shepherd campus action regarding sexual violence prevention. Several local newspapers featured stories about the event and explained how the symbolic statement was powerful for the campus and the community.

KIVA Campaign for Education and Economic Development

Kiva is an international nonprofit that raises money online to loan to people in communities around the world. The theme of the Kiva Campaign, a campuswide fundraiser, was “Give Change for the World.” Money was raised to help pay for a variety of needs. Loans are made available to borrowers in more than 80 countries who are often financially excluded and can’t access other fair and affordable sources of credit. Kiva borrowers work in many industries and may be farmers, artisans, students, shopkeepers, builders, or restaurant owners. The Kiva Campaign assisted underprivileged and marginalized populations, providing them an opportunity to attend vocational training programs, a university or other higher education institution. The Kiva campaign also provided support to social entrepreneurship abroad. The event was designed to help grow businesses, create meaningful employment, and generate an innovative social impact around the world.”

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