CONTACT: NADEJA WESLEY
Women's Resource and Action Center
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
SAFEWALK offers training for volunteers Sept. 13 and 15 at IMU
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- SAFEWALK, a student-run volunteer organization that
provides a walking escort to the students, staff and faculty of the University
of Iowa, is seeking UI students to become members of the campus escort
team. Training sessions for interested students will be Sunday, Sept. 13
and Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union.
The training session will familiarize students with the daily operations
of SAFEWALK, as well as provide volunteers with opportunities to gain valuable
knowledge about sexual assault issues.
SAFEWALK was founded in 1993 by a group of undergraduate residence hall
students interested in offering students an alternative to walking home
alone at night. In 1995 SAFEWALK relocated to the UI Women's Resource
and Action Center and received funding from the UI Student Government.
"SAFEWALK is a great way for students to walk home safely during
the week because the IMU is still open for those students who may be studying
late," says UISG executive officer Jess Villanueva. "Volunteering
is a good way for students who are not familiar with the university to
learn more about the campus."
Tom Chiesa, UI student senator for off-campus housing, describes SAFEWALK
as "an excellent way to make a big campus community feel safer."
The program operates Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
To request a walking escort, call 353-2500.
For more information about becoming a SAFEWALK volunteer, contact Nadeja
Wesley at 353-2500.