CONTACT: STEPHANIE SOILEAU
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Aug. 30, 2001
SAFEWALK seeks student volunteers
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Concerned about safety on campus? SAFEWALK, the student-run
volunteer organization that provides a campus-wide walking escort service
for students, staff and faculty, is currently seeking University of Iowa students
to become members of their campus escort team. The first training session
for interested students will be Sunday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the
Women's Resource and Action Center (130 N. Madison St.), and Monday, Sept.
10, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Michigan Room (#351) of the Iowa Memorial Union.
The training session will familiarize students with the daily operations of
SAFEWALK, as well as provide volunteers with valuable knowledge about sexual
SAFEWALK is funded by the University of Iowa Student Government. Volunteer
escorts trained in dealing with issues of sexual assault and campus safety
accompany students, faculty and staff members who would otherwise walk alone.
Volunteers may also assist with and participate in special events, such as
self-defense workshops and the annual "Take Back the Night" rally.
SAFEWALK would not exist without the efforts of dedicated and trained volunteers.
SAFEWALK coordinator Stephanie Soileau says, "Every semester we need
more than 30 volunteers to keep SAFEWALK available and reliable. People who
call SAFEWALK are counting on our service, and every volunteer who dedicates
just three hours of her/his week for a shift makes a tremendous difference."
For more information about becoming a SAFEWALK volunteer, contact Stephanie
Soileau at (319) 353-2500, or stop by the Women's Resource and Action Center
for an application.