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Walk for Awareness held Sept. 7

BOONE—The annual Walk for Awareness will turn 21 this year.

The 21st Walk for Awareness at Appalachian State University will be held Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 9 p.m. on Sanford Mall.  Prior to the walk, the video “Why Walk? A Survivor’s Story” will be shown in the Price Lake Room of Plemmons Student Union at 8 p.m.  Speakers for the walk include Maliaka King Albrecht, a North Carolina poet, and Jamar Banks, director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at Appalachian.

The Walk for Awareness began in 1989 after the abduction and murder of a university employee.  It serves as a reminder to campus and community members alike that personal safety is important.  It also commemorates lives lost to violence, supports victims and survivors of violence, and serves as a collective moment of empowerment.

Walk for Awareness is being held in conjunction with Appalachian’s Safety Week.  The theme of this year’s Safety Week is “Be Safe-On Campus, At Home, Online.”  Contact tables will be in the student union Sept. 7-10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and other activities include special programs and activities on relationship safety, personal and psychological safety, public safety and safety online. Visit http://today.appstate.edu/safetyweek/.

Sponsors of the Walk for Awareness include Appalachian’s Women’s Center, Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance, Safety Week Committee, Parents Association and University Highlands.

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