January 27, 2021

25th Anniversary for Day of Silence, Friday, April 24

The following message is from the Office of Equity and Access.

Friday, April 24th, will mark the 25th Anniversary for Day of Silence*. We are asking the UMW Community to virtually participate in this vital event. We may not be able to create a rainbow of shirts on the grass of Ball Circle, but the UMW community continues to affirm an inclusive and supportive community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) citizens and allies. We can demonstrate this by letting our voice be heard via #UMWisHOME and we must #breakthesilence.

Here is a toolkit to help make your voice heard on Friday, April 24th, during the Annual Day of Silence:

  • At 12pm, create a virtual “Moment of Silence” by posting our unified image to your individual or UMW affiliated accounts on social media. Please see attached images for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can add any of the following information from GLSEN to your post:

o   Our silence is LOUD!

o   I’m staying silent on GLSEN’s Day of Silence, a national youth movement highlighting the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school.

o   Nearly 4 in 5 LGBTQ students don’t see positive representation in their curriculum, nearly 9 in 10 experience verbal harassment, and almost a third miss school because they feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

  • At 4pm, “Break the Silence!”

o   By answering the prompt, I AM BREAKING THE SILENCE BY…?

  • Submit to PRISM for a re-post:
  • DM PRISM (@umwprism) with your story
  • Email PRISM (umwprism@gmail.com) with your story
  • Your name will not be shared through the repost nor will you be tagged. However, pictures and/or videos are not private if we repost them.
  • Post your response to your social media account, if it is a safe space for you to do so.

o   Follow PRISM (@umwprism) on Instagram to view submitted prompt responses.

In keeping with our values outlined in ASPIRE, join us in celebrating the 25th Annual Day of Silence.

People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual and Gender Minorities (PRISM)
Center for Prevention and Education
James Farmer Multicultural Center
Office of Title IX
Safe Zone
Talley Center for Counseling Services
Vice President for Equity and Access & Chief Diversity Officer

Information on resources and support can be found on SAFE ZONE’s webpage.

* Day of Silence was first organized by a student at the University of Virginia in 1996 as part of a class project. The following year almost 100 colleges and universities participated, making it a national event. College and university students have driven and participated in many movements throughout history, and the UMW Community is no exception. This includes Day of Silence powered by PRISM, a student-led organization that promotes the values of diversity and acceptance of students of sexual and gender minorities.

In 2000, Day of Silence became an official initiative with GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network).


Greetings Faculty and Staff,

Mary Washington will close out Sexual Assault Awareness Month on Wednesday, April 29th, with Denim Day. The UMW Community is encouraged to wear denim to promote a discussion about myths and stereotypes surrounding sexual assault. Although, we are not on campus, we want to present a collage of employees wearing denim throughout the day on social media.

Please complete the Denim Day Form if you are interested in submitting a picture for the collage by 10am, Wednesday, April 29th. Or email Marissa Miller (mmille23@umw.edu). Early submissions are welcome.

If you are interested in posting a picture on your personal and/or UMW affiliated accounts, please use the toolkit below:

  • Tag us on Instagram (@UMWCPE) or Facebook (@UMWCPE)
  • Use #denimday and #UMWisHOME
  • On April 29, wear denim with a purpose

Denim Day and wearing jeans in April became an international symbol of protest of harmful attitudes about sexual assault after an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a sexual assault conviction because the survivor wore tight jeans. The first Denim Day in the United States occurred in 1999 organized by Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit based out of Los Angeles. Learn more on the Denim Day website.

In solidarity,

Marissa Miller
Center for Prevention and Education

UMW, Other Virginia Campuses to Hold Virtual ‘Take Back the Night’

Take Back the Night – an international event that aims to end sexual, relationship and domestic violence in all forms – has had many incarnations since its inception more than 35 years ago, from rallies, marches and performances, to runs, walks and biking events. Now, with the looming presence of COVID-19, the event is going […]

UMW, Other Virginia Campuses Hold Virtual ‘Take Back the Night’

Take Back the Night – an international event that aims to end sexual, relationship and domestic violence in all forms – has had many incarnations since its inception more than 35 years ago, from rallies, marches and performances, to runs, walks and biking events. Now, with the looming presence of COVID-19, the event went virtual for the first time ever. Take Back the Night for 2020 is Take Back the Net.

Held as an annual speak-out and candlelight vigil at Mary Washington for over two decades, the event brings together the University and Fredericksburg communities to share personal stories of resilience and recovery, stand up against sexual assault and gender-based violence, and let survivors know they are not alone.

Unable to assemble in person, UMW Eagles joined electronically with colleges and universities across the Commonwealth for Take Back the Net on Tuesday evening. Spearheaded by the Virginia Campus Task Force, this Zoom gathering featured survivors, advocates and allies, including several Mary Washington students and alumni. The event came as higher education institutions nationwide observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April. Read more.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The following message is from UMW’s Center for Prevention and Education:

Across the nation, April is celebrated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This is a time for raising awareness of sexual assault and gender-based violence, as well as celebrating the strength of survivors, passion of advocates, and compassion of allies.

In these unprecedented times, we are all adjusting our schedules and modifying routines because of COVID-19. For us, that included cancelling all April SAAM scheduled in-person programming organized by our student organizations, faculty, staff, and off-campus partners. As we are adapting to social distancing, the Center for Prevention and Education (CPE) is moving forward with virtual programming for April. It is important to reiterate our commitment to survivors, advocates, allies, and the educational components of SAAM. We look forward to hosting online events, collaborations, engaging more with our community through social media, and shining a spotlight on others that were part of the SAAM planning for April 2020.

We hope you will join us on Instagram and Facebook to support our virtual 2020 SAAM efforts. Our SAAM 2020 webpage includes information on upcoming virtual programs, content you can share through social media, SAAM coloring pages, giveaways, and much more.

Finally, to share a little home away from home and as thank you in advance for supporting our vision, the grand prize giveaway for engaging with us on social media will be one University of Mary Washington diploma frame.  Please visit our SAAM 2020 webpage or Instagram profile for additional information.

Stay healthy, practice self-care, and reach out if you need support.

Marissa Miller
Center for Prevention and Education

Marissa Miller: Stepping Up for Students

If you’ve ever emailed Marissa Miller and haven’t heard back in a snap, don’t take it personally.
Her two roles as associate coordinator in the Office of Student Conduct and coordinator for Prevention and Advocacy with the Office of Title IX keep her so busy chances are you’ve seen her speed-walking to her next destination on campus.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Please join us for the following events scheduled in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

  • Wednesday, April 6: Fear2Freedom: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Anderson Center
  • Tuesday, April 12: Keynote Lecture “Masculinity & Violence Against Women”: 7 p.m., UC Ballroom
  • Wednesday, April 13: Take Back the Night: 7 p.m., Steps of Lee Hall
  • Tuesday, April 19: Sexual Assault Awareness Day



Donations Needed to Support Empowerhouse’s New Shelter

UMW is collecting items for Empowerhouse’s new shelter in Fredericksburg. The shelter supports survivors of domestic violence.

Empowerhouse Donation Collection will take place between 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Campus Walk in front of Lee Hall (rain location UC) on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Please drop off a NEW item during the tabling or at the “Boil the Frog Slowly” play on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the HCC Digital Auditorium. See below for a full list of NEW supplies needed for the shelter.

If you cannot make the tabling time frame and would still like to make a donation, contact Marissa Miller at 540-654-1193 or mmille23@umw.edu. Marissa Miller can arrange for a pick-up on campus (Faculty/Staff) or drop-off (Students/Faculty/Staff).

(NEW) Items needed for the shelter:


  • Bath Towels
  • Hand Towels
  • Wash Cloths
  • Bath/shower curtains
  • Wastebaskets
  • Hooks
  • Toilet paper
  • Disposable hand soap
  • Kleenex
  • Toothbrush holders
  • Step stools
  • Plungers
  • Toilet bowl brushes
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Scrubbing bubbles



  • Dish drainers
  • Dish cloths
  • Sponges
  • Dish towels
  • Dish sets
  • Glasses
  • Mugs
  • Silverware
  • Plastic dish sets
  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Skillets
  • Crockpots
  • Coffee pots
  • Mixers
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Knives
  • Cutting boards
  • Wooden spoons
  • Spatulas
  • Utensil sets
  • Baking dishes
  • Brooms
  • Mops
  • Trash cans
  • Dust pans
  • Utensil holders
  • Storage containers
  • Refrigerator magnets ABCs
  • Chip clips
  • Step ladders
  • Trash bags
  • Ziploc storage bags all sizes
  • Collapsible laundry hampers


Baby and Child:

  • High Chairs
  • Baby gates
  • Bounce seats
  • pack and plays
  • Baby Bath tubs
  • Baby potties
  • Baby monitors
  • Wall cling on art
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Disinfectant sprays
  • Nursing supplies
  • Nursing pillows
  • Diaper pails
  • Blankets
  • Crib Sheets



  • Sheet Set (Full & Twin)
  • Blankets (Full & Twin)
  • Mattress Protectors (Full & Twin)
  • Comforters (Full & Twin)
  • Pillows
  • Pillow protectors
  • Pillow cases
  • Lamps-table
  • Area rugs
  • Trash cans
  • Alarm clocks



  • Vacuums
  • Dish detergent
  • Disinfectant cleaner
  • Windex
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry baskets
  • Contractor bags
  • Rubber gloves
  • Area rugs
  • Step ladders
  • Wall clocks
  • Clorox spray cleaner

ACPA Next Generation Conference Planning Committee

Marissa Miller, an Assistant Director for the Office of Residence Life and Commuter Student Services, serves on the ACPA Next Generation Conference Planning Committee for the second year.

Next Gen 2014 is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about careers in student affairs. Participants will meet and learn from current graduate students, graduate preparation program faculty, and seasoned student affairs professionals who work at a variety of colleges and universities. Next Gen 2014 is dedicated to helping undergraduate students explore the student affairs profession and gather information they need to plan their future.