Appeal to BVSD Board of Ed for a “Culture of Respect”

IMG_1729We recently reached out to the Boulder Valley School District Board of Education during a public forum. Our service and advocacy committees organized six powerful speakers and planned our message very carefully put Zonta Says No into action!

Julie Martinez, a club member and Monarch High School parent, introduced Zonta Foothills Club and Zonta Says NO! She then discussed the impact or rape culture on girls in BVSD. Adela Aguirre a Boulder High School junior and Boulder High School Pantherz Z Club President, highlighted the current climate from a student’s perspective. Libby Symes, a current University of Colorado Boulder freshman and Boulder High alumna, made a compelling case that BVSD graduates are not prepared for the “rape” culture they face in college. Pat Vann, a Boulder psychologist who works with victims and reporting spoke to the challenges of reporting and it’s impact on victims, teachers, parents, etc. Camillo Casas, Men Standing Up Coordinator for our Zonta Says No partner Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) spoke about men BVSD logoowning the rape culture in our society and our schools. He discussed the impact of reaching boys and young men.

Finally, it was Kay Meyer’s turn. The Zonta Foothills Club Advocacy Chair presented a reasoned request that the Board of Education form a community-wide “Culture of Respect” Task Force to analyze current education K-12 and create an action plan for an integrated district-wide curriculum.

We were honored by the response we received from the Board and the thanks that they offered to Zonta Foothills Club for working to make the community a safer place for women and girls. Now we are putting a plan in place to follow up with the district and help them take Action!


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