There are an array of student organizations, both undergraduate and graduate/professional, who work to end interpersonal violence on campus. There are other health-related student organizations; search all student organizations here. If you’d like your group listed here, please email the webmaster!
Project Dinah is a student organization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that is devoted to safety and empowerment. Their mission, since 2004, is to end all sexual and interpersonal violence on campus and in our community and they regularly sponsor numerous education and advocacy programs to this end.
Project Dinah sponsors the Speak Out! Blog where students are invited to break the silence that surrounds sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship abuse, stalking, hate crimes, and identity-based violence.
Project Dinah created two photography projects which feature photos of community members who have spoken out against violence. The Courage Project is an empowering photo gallery project and a celebration of solidarity among all whom have supported the healing, witnessed, or survived sexual or interpersonal violence.It features a photo and testimonial gallery that shares the stories of those that have been affected by violence. These are different stories, but they connect to create an empowering wall of solidarity. The Survivor Stories project, a photography exhibit featuring members of the UNC community who have survived sexual violence; these are students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are speaking out. In this exhibit, you can read their testimonials and see the portraits taken by student photographers. The project can be viewed on the web and the copies of the photos can be brought to other college campuses.
UNC Betas, or Beta Lambda Chapter of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated! Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is a multiculturally-based, Latina-oriented organization embracing the diversity of all women. OPBSI envisions a world without oppression, where empowered women celebrate the essence of womanhood and act as resources in the advancement of their communities. The Beta Lambda Chapter focuses on mental health issues as well as violence against women in their service and awareness raising activities.
The Kappa Omicron chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority focuses on raising awareness around domestic violence. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization built on Christian principle whose purpose is to provide services and programs that promote human welfare. The women of Delta are dedicated to sisterhood, scholarship and service.
The Epsilon Chi chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority focuses their philanthropic efforts towards the awareness and prevention of Domestic Violence. Alpha Chi Omega at UNC is proud to work closely with The Compass Center for Women and Families located on Wilson St. Their annual Golf and Kickball Tournaments help raise awareness while also providing donations to aid the victims of domestic violence.
UNC SAAW, or UNC Survivors and Advocates against the Abuse of Women, is a new student group designed to educate about violence against women both internationally and domestically. SAAW seeks to educate in domestic issues such as sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and political mistreatment of women domestically so that one can make educated personal and political decisions. They also strive to educate about global issues, such as female genital mutilation, honor killings, and trafficking. They aim to hold demonstrations, awareness programs on campus, and discussions highlighting the problems important to women around the world. Follow them on Twitter.
The Student Committee for Safety and Security oversees the allocation of the Safety and Security Fee and acts as an advocate for better safety on campus. The members review funding requests for safety related events such as self-defense classes and items such as assault whistles. The committee also works with DPS to improve lighting on campus and to ensure the P2Ps run efficiently. Safety and Security’s goal is to inform every student of his or her right to safety and the means available for preserving this safety.
VDAY Carolina is a student-run organization at the University of North Carolina, dedicated to the mission of V-Day International: “V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.”
UNC School of Law’s DVAP (Domestic Violence Action Project) is a university-recognized student organization at the UNC School of Law that provides free legal representation to victims of domestic violence who are seeking a civil domestic violence protective order. DVAP also sponsors speakers and programs to educate the university community about domestic violence.
The Intimate Partner Violence Awareness and Advocacy (IPVAA) Project is a university-recognized student group at the UNC School of Medicine that seeks to provide medical students opportunities to learn more about how health care providers can address intimate partner violence in clinical settings and as advocates in the community. Activities include a journal club, lectures on topics related to IPV, and volunteer and shadowing opportunities.