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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 9, 2010) – University of Central Missouri students have organized a peaceful rally for Wednesday, Nov. 10 in response to an act of vandalism that occurred off campus during Homecoming weekend.
The incident involved the spray painting of anti-gay words and symbols on a float that was jointly created by the student groups Queers and Allies and the Association of Black Collegians. It was reported to the Warrensburg Police Department Saturday, Oct. 23. Police continue to investigate but no arrests have been made.
The rally is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elliott Union Mall, with rain site being inside the union. According to organizers, this is a “peaceful, educational, semi-celebration event that will educate students about the importance of acceptance, tolerance and by-stander intervention.” Borrowing from the “Leading the Way” theme of this year’s Homecoming, the title of the event is “Leading the Way to a Safer Campus: Enough is Enough,” and will feature ideas and concepts grounded in the UCM Community Creed.” Activities will include speakers, live music and interactive events.
Among those planning to make remarks are Charles Ambrose, UCM president, who will speak at noon, as well as Sonny Castro, chief diversity officer; Amy Kiger, director of the Office of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention; and social justice advocate Steve Ciafullo, assistant professor of academic enrichment and director of the Valuing Differences program at UCM.
Student organizations will host booths and encourage members of the student body to provide feedback on ways to create a safe, welcoming environment for all students.
For more information about the rally, please contact Jenn Rieskamp, graduate assistant, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, 417-274-0154, or Claudia Gonzalez, graduate assistant, Office of Diversity, 915-256-4088.