Photo Source// Emily Lovell
By Emily Lovell, Associate Editor
V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. Regis University celebrated its 5th annual V-Day event on February 28, 2019 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the St. John Francis Regis Chapel. Admittance was only $2 and all proceeds were donated to The Empowerment Program, an organization that “provides education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals, and support services for women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system.”
All attendees were invited to bring toiletry items which would be donated to The Gathering Place, “Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness.” The items were also used to vote on art created by Regis students for the event. Desserts were served during a short intermission in which the winner of the art contest was announced.
Chris Pramuk, the Chair in Ignatian Thought, gave the opening remarks about how spirituality and sexuality are often placed in separate spheres but argued that sexuality is intertwined with spirituality. Therefore, he found it fitting that the event was taking place in the chapel (In previous years, it has been in the Mountain View Room).
Then, several Regis students performed powerful pieces of poetry, creative writing, and music. Some of the works were original, and others were written by the likes of Eve Ensler, whose poems “My Angry Vagina,” “Fur is Back,” and “My Revolution Begins in the Body” were featured. In fact, Ensler created V-Day in 1998 and is most well-known for her play The Vagina Monologues.
Alison McCarthy, the Assistant Director Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention, concluded the event by thanking everyone who participated and reminded students of the resources available to them. Overall, it was a powerful evening full of thought-provoking art.