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Collegewide events in March bring awareness to nonviolence

Eduardo Solorzano is one of several Seminole State students who are taking a stand against violence this month. Look for other students sharing a message of nonviolence on Seminole State's official social media, on the College's homepage and on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus electronic marquee. 

The Office of Student Life and other departments are bringing awareness to nonviolence throughout March with a lineup of events and programs.

The events build upon a Seminole State Speaker Series appearance on March 19 by Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and CEO of the King Center for Non-Violent Social Change.

“The King Center launched 100 Days of Nonviolence in January,” said Gerald Jones, director of student life. “Our students really connected with this message and began planning a series of events as a way for the College to also connect with this campaign for social change in their daily lives.”

Events planned throughout the month of March include a film showing, a nonviolence-themed library exhibit and a student-led diversity workshop.

In addition, the College and Marketing Department is helping to spread the word by adding photos highlighting the message of nonviolence on the College’s website, electronic marquee and the  official social media channels. Students, faculty, staff and the community also are encouraged through March to use #choosenonviolence and #seminolestate in their social media posts and photos.

Here’s more information on nonviolence events in March:

Film and discussion
The World Religions Club will present the film “Living the Golden Rule: How to be a Peacemaker in Dangerous Times,” with discussion to follow, at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 3, in the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Multipurpose Room (building C).

Library exhibit
The Sanford/Lake Mary Campus library will install a peace and nonviolence-themed exhibit beginning the week after Spring Break. The exhibit will feature popular books with themes of peace and nonviolence, DVD and video case covers that advertise videos with themes of peace and nonviolence and a free-standing board with inspiring questions posed, whereby students and visitors may answer publicly. The library exhibit will be available through April, to coincide with Dr. Bernice King’s “100 Days of Nonviolence” campaign.

Video and panel discussion
A TED Talk featuring Jackson Katz, “Violence and Silence,” followed by a panel discussion, will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, in J-100 (building J) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The video and discussion will focus on gender violence and resolution.

Diversity workshop
SGA will present the student-led workshop “Diversity Rocks!”  at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Multipurpose Room (building C). This is part of Skill Sessions.

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