Take Back the Night
As part of the "Katy Benoit Campus Safety Month", the University of Idaho Women’s Center will partner with Violence Prevention Programs and other campus entities to host Take Back the Night — an event to spread awareness of interpersonal violence on campus and to show support for those affected by it.
Vigil Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The University of Idaho has hosted a Take Back the Night event for many years to educate and empower students, staff, faculty and community members of marginalized and underrepresented populations. This year the event features a virtual keynote address and socially distant vigil on the Theophilus Tower Lawn.
Keynote Address: "I'm Spiritual AF But You Catch These Hands"
All things are possible all the time. Each of us carries ancestral wisdom, the power of our own lived experiences, as well as the limitless hope of our future generations. Each of us journeys carrying multiple strengths, fetishes, joys, and visions. During her keynote, Tai will speak to and celebrate the healing that’s possible when we show up, tell our stories, and make room for others to share their stories as well.
About Tai Simpson
Tai Simpson is “The Storyteller” in the Indigenous language of the Nimiipuu nation (Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho). Her insight into politics and social justice work are heard regularly within public and private organizations. She is a direct descendant of Chief Redheart of the Nez Perce tribe and a tireless advocate for social justice. Tai’s academic background is in Sociology and Political Philosophy & Public Law at Boise State University. In the community, she serves as an organizer for the Indigenous Idaho Alliance and works as Social Change Advocate with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence. Tai believes Indigenous “old ways” need to come back in style. The old ways are principles on which many Indigenous communities build their social and political narratives. As an antiracism activist and community leader, she uses contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling to depict the lens of “old ways” and how it is used to protect the sacred, build strength in the community, and keep nature in balance.
History of Take Back the Night
Take Back the Night originated at the International Tribunal on Crimes against Women in March 1976 in Brussels, Belgium. Around 2,000 women representing 40 countries attended the event and organized a candlelight procession through the streets of Brussels to protest sexual assault and domestic violence. Since then, the movement has spread across the world and become internationally known as a visible, community-based way to take a stand against sexual violence and other forms of discriminatory violence.
For more information about the event, contact the Women’s Center at 208-885-2777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.