There are several ways to bring the Silent Witness project to your college community. Any concerned club, organization, sorority, fraternity, women’s group, class or cohort of interested students can spearhead efforts to have your campus participate.
You can make your own figures, order pre-made witnesses (see more information on figures in the “Resources” section of the site) or borrow those that exist within the exhibit in your city or state. Your program can be as simple as displaying the figures for a day in your student center or as involved as holding a daylong conference about domestic violence that includes speakers and workshops.
It is effective to tie the Silent Witnesses into events on your campus such as October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, March as Women’s History Month, a Take Back the Night March or any other appropriate event. You might also consider partnering with other organizations, on or off campus, to help in your coordination activities. There are many wonderful women’s centers, women’s studies departments, and local women’s organizations that could be ideal co-sponsors for this type of program. By using a partnership strategy, you can benefit from their existing expertise while expanding the reach of Silent Witness and its mission.