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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Takes Stand Against Violence

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 10, 2014

(MAHWAH, NJ) On Tuesday, October 14, the Ramapo College Women’s Center presents Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an annual event where men symbolically march around campus in high-heeled shoes to take a stand against relationship violence and sexual assault.  The event, started at Ramapo in 2005, is widely attended by athletes, fraternity brothers and other student leaders who come together to make a real impact on their peers. The walk will take place at the Arch starting at 1 p.m., according to men’s outreach coordinator, James Perlas.

“This event is great way to illuminate and take a stand against the situations we’ve been seeing so often in the news lately,” said Perlas. “Addressing topics such as relationship violence, and the unhealthy standard of masculinity our society sets, is never an easy task. The empowering and humorous aspects of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes allows us to break down those barriers and understand that only by working together can men and women reduce instances of violence and assault.”

The Women’s Center, founded in 1974, is a social justice organization that provides a safe space for all students on campus and coordinates programming on many issues. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a part of Violence Awareness Week, an annual campaign to empower students to stop sexual assault and relationship violence.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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