U of I to Hold Campus Safety, Suicide Awareness Events
September 13, 2021
MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 13, 2021 — The University of Idaho invites the community to participate in suicide and campus safety awareness events that promote a welcoming and comfortable environment that will carry through the academic year as part of Katy Benoit Campus Safety Awareness Month.
The safety forum keynote address will feature Jeff Matsushita, from A Call to Men, a national violence prevention organization that promotes healthy and respectful manhood, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in the International Ballroom of the Bruce M. Pitman Center.
“We have intentional programs in September focused on the totality of student safety and, as a result, Katy’s name will continue on in a profound, meaningful way,” said Blaine Eckles, vice provost for Student Affairs and dean of students.
Katy was a graduate student in 2011 when she was killed by an individual with whom she had been in a relationship and who then took his own life.
Take Back the Night, an event to spread awareness of interpersonal violence on campus and to show support for those affected by it, will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, on the Theophilus Tower Lawn.
The rally, featuring a keynote address by former Vandal and Western Athletic Conference diving champion Mairin Jameson, will be followed by a candlelit march around campus at dusk. It is hosted by the U of I Women’s Center, Violence Prevention Programs and other campus entities.
“Take Back the Night events have been on college campuses worldwide since the mid-1970s,” said Lysa Salsbury, The Women’s Center director. “The U of I community is part of a much larger global movement to take a stand and break the shame and silence around sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking.”
People can honor Katy’s legacy by contributing to the Katy Benoit Safety Fund through the University of Idaho Foundation. All contributions go to educational programs and direct support for individuals impacted by relationship violence.
Safety forum keynote address
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Take Back the Night
The Women’s Center Director
About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at uidaho.edu