Registration is open for 2014!
Our second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Oshkosh is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The event will begin at 4.30pm in the Reeve Ballroom at UW Oshkosh.
Registration is up and running for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® in Oshkosh (CLICK HERE to register)! Here's the deal: There's no cost to register this year; however, we are encouraging people to still raise money for our two beneficiaries (Christine Ann and Reach). You can choose to register in advance and ask people to sponsor you. If someone wants to sponsor you - they can click on register with donation and type in your name as the person they want to sponsor. They do not have to attend the walk to donate. You can also still donate via cash or check at the Women's Center or on the day of the Walk. We'll be handing out awards this year to the person and the group (student group, department, or business) that raises the most money!
Co-Sponsored with Titan Athletics, Fraternity and Sorority Life, CARE, Veterans Resource Center, Student Veterans Association, Women's Advocacy Council, LGBTQ Resource Center, Black Student Union, Rainbow Alliance for HOPE, Diversity and Inclusion Programs in Reeve, and Oshkosh Student Association
It's More than *just* a Walk
This year, we invite you to take Walk a Mile in Her Shoes(R) one step further. In addition to participating in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes(R) Oshkosh, if you attend at least three out of four of the following events, and sign in with an Oshkosh Walk representative, we will give you a free Walk t-shirt. These will be handed out during our event on April 30th.
The events you can choose from all support the message of our Walk and will provide you with fun, educational experiences that will help us build a campus climate which says 'no' to gender violence.
|Mike Domitrz: Make it fun for everyone
|#rapeisnotajoke|| March 12th
||7pm|| Reeve 307
||5pm|| Reeve Ballroom
||LGBTQ Resource Center
|National Denim Day
We are pleased this year to honor men who have worked to improve gender equality on campus with the "Sole Man" award. More information to follow.
Additionally, we will give awards for the following:
1) The person who wears the tallest heels for the walk. Your heels will be measured by our MCs at the start of the program. Get there at 4.30 to enter this competition! (Neither the Women's Center nor anyone on the planning committee or involved in the Walk will be held responsible if you injure yourself in your heels. Only wear what you can safely walk in!)
2) The individual who raises the most money. Make sure that if your sponsors are donating online that they note that they are sponsoring you!
3) The group that raises the most money (to include student groups, staff in particular departments, athletic teams, Greek organizations, etc.). Make sure that if your sponsors are donating online that they note that they are sponsoring your group!
4) The group with the largest attendance at the Walk (to include student groups, staff in particular departments, athletic teams, Greek organizations, etc.). For this, you must register in advance and check in on the day of for an official count. Registration is free!
This Years MC's Are:
I am a senior Human Services Leadership major and looking forward to graduation in May. I work as a Student Leadership and Involvement Consultant in Reeve Memorial Union. I have been involved in Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Rainbow Alliance for HOPE, and Order of Omega, holding leadership positions in all three. I was an intern for the Athletics office last semester and am currently interning at the LGBTQ Resource Center. I was recently awarded Campus Pride's inaugural Voice and Action Fraternity and Sorority Award.
I think it's important to participate in Walk a Mile because it brings awareness to the issue. Too many people in society partake in victim blaming and this is a way to show them and others who don't participate that this, along with all gender violence, needs to end. It brings light to a very important issue in today's world.
I am a 1st year Graduate Student at UW-Oshkosh in the Public Administration program
Leadership positions at UWO: OSA Director for Graduate Studies, Co-Secretary of Graduate Student Association, Host of 19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at UW-Oshkosh, and I plan to attend law school studying constitutional law and to work in the area of public interest law
Why this event is important to me: I believe women go through a lot, trying to live up society’s norms and acceptances by what they wear and how they act. The amount of work a woman must sometime to put in to be an equal in the workplace is enormous. In 2014, women are still submerged and struggle to let their counterparts (men) know that they are capable of being successful in any career as much as them. This event will give female students at UW-Oshkosh hope and empower them to take that next courageous step to be known. Besides, they get to see a guy walk in heels and feel their pain (literally) every time they walk in heels.
We just want to thank everyone for participating in our first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Oshkosh event! We are absolutely thrilled with the number of people willing to show up and take a visible stand against gender violence. We plan to make this an annual event, so be sure to join us next year!
We also owe a very special thank you Debra Blevons and Northwestern Mutual for supporting our students with the registration fee. They generously donated four of the five dollars so up to 100 students could participate for $1 - but we could still meet our fundraising goals for Christine Ann and Reach Counseling. For more information about Northwestern Mutual, visit their website here.
Additionally, we would like to thank Gardina's in Oshkosh for donating a high heel wine holder, which we used as a trophy to recognize the participation of the Student Veteran's Association.
No matter whose shoes you’re wearing, sexual violence affects everyone.
Whether someone is wearing heels and a skirt or sweatpants and crocs, there’s no excuse for gendered violence. To say that “immodest attire” invites rape is not only skirting the real issue, but it’s insulting to men—as if seeing a bit of skin suddenly robs men of their better judgment. So, grab a pair of heels and come walk a mile with us to show that attire is not consent or an excuse!
From the official website:
"Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Events are political and performance art with public, personal and existential messages. At a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event there is no distinction between performer and audience. Our mission is to create a unique and powerful public experience that educates individuals and communities about the causes of sexualized violence, provides them with prevention and remediation strategies and empowers them to further develop and implement these knowledges and skills interpersonally and politically. - walkamileinhershoes.org"
Men are encouraged to wear high heels for this mile-long walk. Women are encouraged to come as they are (feel free to wear heels, tennis shoes, flats, slippers, or whatever else you'd like).
Past Events: Spring 2013
When: May 1st - 4:30pm-6:00pm
Where: Meet in the Titan Underground for a walk around campus
(rainy day location in upper Kolf)
Campus Cosponsors: Titan Athletics, Fraternity and Sorority Life, CARE, Veterans Resource Center, Student Veterans Association, Women's Advocacy Council, LGBTQ Resource Center, Black Student Union, Rainbow Alliance for HOPE, Diversity and Inclusion Programs in Reeve, and Oshkosh Student Association
For the May 1, 2013 event: The first twenty registrants were loaned a pair of high heels for the day. There was a $5 registration fee for the event. All proceeds will be donated to Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services and Reach Counseling.
Keep up to date by visiting our Facebook event page.