CRANFORD – Union County College was proud to host the calendar reveal for The Real Men of Union County College on February 9, 2022. This event was co-sponsored by the Dean of Students Office and the Union County College Foundation Women 100 Project. The calendar and event centers on bringing awareness to the issue of domestic violence and supporting survivors.
The College’s Dean of Students Dr. Takeem Dean introduced the idea of a calendar as a way to highlight how men, particularly the men of Union County College, can support survivors of domestic violence. It features twelve men, who are students and employees of the College, with inspiring quotes on the issue of domestic violence.
Each man featured in the calendar is supporting women and taking a stand against domestic violence. The calendars are free to students. Faculty and staff can purchase them for $20 in the Dean of Students Office. The funds raised from the sale of calendars will benefit the College’s Social Work Services Department for programming related to domestic violence and sexual assault.
“While this is an issue that disproportionally impacts women, because over 90% of perpetrators of domestic violence are men, we must be a part of the solution. As such, I am proud to be a part of this calendar. At Union, we strive to provide a safe and inclusive environment,” stated Vice President of Student Development Dr. Demond T. Hargrove. Dr. Hargrove’s division includes the Dean of Students Office and Social Work Services.
Also present at the reveal of the calendar was guest speaker Lisa Poris, Director of the Family Justice Center for the YWCA of Union County, who provided critical information when addressing the attendees at the event.
She shared that the highest rates of intimate partner violence exist for women between the ages of 18-24, which makes up a significant portion of college-aged students. “28% of people sitting in a classroom have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime” is a staggering statistic as presented by Ms. Poris. Her remarks were followed by a question-and-answer session.
Union County College aims to provide a safe space for students with resources available through Social Work Services. If you or anyone you know is currently in a domestic violence situation, please reach out anytime to the YWCA of Union County at 908-355-HELP (4357) for free, confidential help. Support is available in several languages.