One of Us

Collective action for social change around the issue of sexual violence

Social Movement: They have their inception in the condition of unrest, and derive their motive power on one hand from dissatisfaction with the current form of life, and on the other hand, from wishes and hopes for a new scheme or system of living. - Herbert Blumer

Interested in meeting Sandi or having her speak with your group?
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Interested in meeting Sandi or having her speak with your group?

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Potential topics include the following

  1. The survivors experience
  2. The important role of each person a survivor comes in contact with
  3. Taking an active role against sexual violence as an individual, in our community, and society at large.
  4. Bystander intervention
  5. Sexual violence continuum and the underlying issues
  6. Changing the conversation around sexual violence
  7. Working through trauma when working with others who have experienced trauma
  8. Life after trauma- friendships, dating, workplace, and galore.
  9. Self care when it feels like the world is bombarding you
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A Conversation with Sandi Giver, author of "One of Us: Sex, Violence Injustice. Resilience, Love, Hope"
12:00 PM12:00

A Conversation with Sandi Giver, author of "One of Us: Sex, Violence Injustice. Resilience, Love, Hope"

Click here to watch the talk on the school website. 

In its poignant retelling of an all-too-familiar story in exotic jurisdictions, "One of Us" demolishes societal assumptions about rape, sex, virtue, honor, and even friendship. It shreds our false notions of white or black, of virgin or slut, of safe or asking for it, of consensual sex or ‘legitimate rape.’ As individuals, we kid ourselves into thinking that if we take enough precautions, we will be safe in an unsafe world. In her journey from not being able to ‘think straight enough to verbalize it cohesively’ to writing this book, Sandi Giver forces us to realize the uncomfortable reality: that an edifice that produces rapists needs restructuring.

Join student, survivor, and data-driven storyteller Sandi Giver on Monday, April 30th, as she shares with fellow students and faculty her experience starting with the personal impact of sexual violence expanding to the systemic issues and what we can do in our personal and professional lives.

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RevEx Spoken Word Brunch
11:00 AM11:00

RevEx Spoken Word Brunch

RevEx is back for one last time with our regular monthly edition of Spoken Word Brunch at the Pinch! By Sunday you'll be tired of Thanksgiving leftovers, so fill up your belly AND your mind by coming out to hear some of the most talented people in town perform while eating some awesome food. Host(s) TBA.

This is an all-format kind of show that will showcase poems (literary, slam, or otherwise), monologues, short essays, song lyrics, commentary, theater excerpts, the beginning of a one-woman show, etc. As an individual, a duo, or a team, there's always room on our stage. We will have experienced performer in the spoken word realm or some first timers. You are welcome to join us!

We are committed to diversity of voices from people from different backgrounds and while white dudes are welcome, we actively recruit performers of color, women, LGBTQ, and performers with disabilities. 

For more event information and to check out the line-up, please see the Facebook event.

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7:30 PM19:30

One of Us: Friends and Family Celebration

Friends!! Join us in celebrating the publication of "One of Us"! We will have beverages, books, a photo backdrop, and hugs and love. 

You are invited because I seriously love you and am thankful to have you in my community.

This is a limited space event. Plus 1's are encouraged. A larger official book launch will occur tentatively February 16th (to celebrate Sandi's 3.2 birthday alongside the birth of her child, "One of Us."

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The Importance of Sharing Your Narrative
12:00 PM12:00

The Importance of Sharing Your Narrative

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Author Sandi Giver shares with fellow grad school social work, pharmaceutical, dental, and law school students about the challenges of going from service provider to service seeker after a violent sexual assault. 

We must all remember that we can be the lifeline that supports someone when they may not have the strength to continue. It's on all of us, no matter what profession, to understand how we can support others.

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International Social Work: Personal and Cultural Dilemmas
5:00 PM17:00

International Social Work: Personal and Cultural Dilemmas

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work (map)
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What do you do when you are placed in a country where you don't know the depth of injustices and how they have impacted the individuals you are there to serve? Be curious, research, listen, adapt, laugh together, struggle together. At the end of the day, we all want to be treated with dignity, to know that we are desired, and that we are loved.

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