This Wednesday April 15, at 5 p.m., UNC Charlotte’s Center for Wellness Promotion and the Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Education Committee will host the annual Take Back The Night event directed by Nicole Madonna-Rosario. The event is held to honor and remember those who have fallen victim to sexual assault and domestic violence with a theme of hope and healing.
Chancellor Philip Dubois will provide opening remarks for the event followed by honoring the Jamie Kimbell Foundation by giving an award to Jamie’s parents and founders of the foundation, Ron and Jan Kimbell.
Jamie was the victim of fatal assault by an intimate partner and her parents started the foundation to raise awareness for, and prevent sexual assault and domestic violence against young people.
“A new award will be given every year by being voted on. It’s really a new component and pillar of honoring the community,” said Madonna-Rosario.
After the award is received, there will be guest speakers who will be graciously telling there stories and a march lead by the 49er Battalion Color Guard, followed by a candlelight vigil and speak out at the Belk tower.
The event will close with a performance from one of UNC Charlotte’s vocal professors. After the speak out and performance, there will be a meditation. Madonna-Rosario said, “It will provide time to bring everyone back into focus after hearing all that the speakers had to say.”
“Participants are encouraged to attend “Remember The Night” on Thursday, April 16, to discuss steps on how to shift culture on campus to create a safer place on campus for survivors and their supporters,” said Madonna-Rosario.
There will be a continental breakfast sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Interfraternity Council served in Student Union, room 200, with a discussion for staff and faculty only from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. A students-only discussion will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.