Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Day of Silence

What is the Day of Silence?
The Day of Silence, a project of the national Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is an annual student-led day of action during which concerned students, from middle school to college, take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment -- in effect, the silencing -- experienced by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and their allies. (From http://www.dayofsilence.org)

When will the Day of Silence be observed on the Florissant Valley Campus?
This year’s Day of Silence will be observed on Friday, April 20, 2012.  On our campus, DOS will be observed on Thursday, April 19, because of the relatively small number of classes which meet on Fridays.

Who is sponsoring the Day of Silence at Florissant Valley?The Friendly Colors Club.

How will the Day of Silence be observed on the Florissant Valley Campus?
Students and other individuals who wish to participate will be wearing a button which reads “Day of Silence.”  They may also have a slip of paper which explains their reasons for being silent.  The paper reads, in part: “Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence…. a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies.”

Those who wish to show their support without remaining silent will be wearing the same button, but with the word “Ally” printed on it.

These buttons, along with information about the Day, will be handed out at a table set up in the Student Center on Thursday, April 19, from 10 am – 2 pm. On Thursday, club members at the table will hand out buttons and information but will not be able to speak.

Students’ schoolwork comes first. If a student needs to speak in your class in order to complete an assignment or a participation requirement, please discuss this matter with your student.

If you have any questions about DOS, please contact Jeff Papier (jpapier@stlcc.edu) or Glenna Wentworth (gwentworth@stlccl.edu), Friendly Colors co-sponsors. 

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