Club Spotlight: Sisterhood at CSS

Jemma Provance

    As it faces an incredibly multifaceted problem, feminism takes many forms. Our on-campus feminist club, Sisterhood at CSS, focuses primarily on ending violence against women, particularly domestic/sexual/intimate partner violence. This year, with the club’s advisor no longer employed at CSS and most of the leadership graduating, club president Sarah Miller, a senior in the social work program, has been rallying the troupes for an exciting year. And the outlook is promising: 77 new recruits signed onto the mailing list, and 36 people were at the first meeting.
  Be assured, all the hands are not idle. The club has signed on to volunteer as “womentors” to elementary school girls at Myers-Wilkins Elementary school with the YWCA. The volunteers will each be involved at least once a week on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, with Mondays and Wednesdays focusing on activities and Tuesdays focusing on academic support. Sisterhood also organized around Take Back the Night this previous Wednesday. But for our own CSS activities, next week (October 9-13) will be It’s On Us week, part of a nationwide campaign to end community sexual assault and domestic violence. The campaign asserts that “It’s on us to end this. It’s not on survivors, it’s not on just the people who are working this, it’s on us. It’s on all of us to do this work.” Multiple clubs will be coming together with events, but Sisterhood will be kicking it off by tailgating for pledges to the campaign this Saturday, October 7th, and culminate in a rally.

    It promises to be a powerful week.  Miller summarizes the rallying cry of the campaign, “[Domestic violence] is not isolated. When violence shakes part of our community, it shakes it all and it’s up to us to step in and change that together.” Look for Sisterhood events around campus and #stepin.