One Billion Rising: Boulder

Published: Feb. 7, 2014

Join the University of Colorado Boulder, the City of Boulder and the Boulder Valley School District for events related to One Billion Rising, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

The Boulder community sees this as an important step toward ending violence against all people. We value the health and safety of every member of our community and are endeavoring, along with one billion others across the planet, to find new ways to reduce and eliminate violent and disrespectful behaviors.

One Billion Rising will take place on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. We invite you to attend any of the community events and would like to extend a special invitation to attend a set of events taking place at the University Memorial Center (UMC). Rooms will be announced on site. 

10-10:15 a.m.  Welcome and One Billion Rising Film Screening, UMC Gallery
10:15-11:45 a.m. Read-ins to End Violence: This will be the launch of a new program for K-8 students with readings, discussions, and activities. Volunteer readers and activity leaders are needed! RSVP. Led by Jessica Coulson.
10:15-11:30 a.m.

Guy Talk: Join campus, community, and student leaders in discussing President Obama’s recent call for a “cultural shift of men” in regards to violence. Brainstorm what this might look like and how to achieve a broader, healthy, vibrant, non-violent cultural norm for masculinity.

Young Guys Talk: Similar to above, for middle schoolers.

Wake Up, Be Awesome: Rise to your fullest potential. Energize and empower your body, mind, and heart with a free, guided yoga class led by Registered Yoga Teacher and CU-Boulder graduate student, Lauren Maslen. Namaste! (Open to all.)

11:35-11:45 a.m.  “Child Bride”: Theatrical performance by undergraduate student Lima Islamzai about life growing up in Afghanistan. (Recommended for high school students or adults.)
11:50 a.m.  Flash Mob by the UMC fountains or the stage by the UMC grill. Learn the dance steps at Or just come watch or join in. Led by graduate student Amanda Benzin. (Open to all.)
12:15-1:30 p.m. 

Embrace Conflict, Create Peace: A Boulder Ki Aikido workshop on developing peaceful ways of dealing with adversity, conflict, and aggression. Led by Abel Villacorta and Merlyn Holmes. (Open to all.)

Read-ins to End Violence, continued See description above.


















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