YOU’RE HIRED | How to Secure Your First Job After College Graduation

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CHECK WITH OUR CAREER CENTER

Start by visiting the UTA Lockheed Martin Career Development Center and tap into the available resources offered to students and alumni. The Career Center literally sets out to prepare students and alumni for professional success while connecting prospective employers with UTA’s talented student body. Go ahead and pay the Career Center a visit, I’m quite sure the wonderful staff will begin help empower you towards landing your first post-grad gig/

If you are unsure of which path to choose following graduation, that’s okay too…. there are also career counselors available who will offer guidance and solutions to this common occurrence.

START NETWORKING

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According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking. Keeping that in mind, it’s a definite no brainer to begin network in order to increase the likelihood of landing your dream job following graduation.

Networking doesn’t have to be difficult, complex, or complicated. It’d probably be best to keep it simple. Connect with UTA’s Alumni Relations team, join local Chambers of Commerce, leverage student organizations, and definitely utilize social media to your advantage; especially sites like LinkedIn and Twitter.

Check out these accounts on Twitter: @BrandYourself , @GoinGlobal, @CareerRealism, @Internships, and @NewGradLife.

MAKE CONNECTIONS

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After networking contact as many professionals as you can for informational consultations. You can also get lists of alumni volunteers from UTA’s Alumni Association and/or The Lockheed Martin CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER. Join any LinkedIn groups for UTA and your major, then reach out to alumni in those fields of interest.

Reconnect with past employers, coaches, faculty, clergy, and others who have observed you in any productive capacity. Ask if they have any contacts in fields of interest who you could contact for information and advice.

Join professional groups in your field as a student member if you are currently enrolled at UTA. Attend industry specific conferences and hob-knob with well-seasoned vets in your field who may be eager to help neophytes preparing to enter the industry.

 

HAVE AN ELEVATOR PITCH READY

Take stock of your strongest interests and skills and be prepared to tell people who you meet some interesting things about yourself to grab their attention.  Think of it as a 30-second commercial.

Check out Lauren Berger’s quick vid on crafting a phenomenal elevator pitch.

 

TARGET YOUR RESUME & COVER LETTER

As your career goals begin to become clearer, begin developing a resume that effectively showcases your skills, experiences, coursework, and projects related to your career objectives.

Also, avoid generic cover letters. I highly suggest tapping the Lockheed Martin Career Development Center to assist with polishing your resume and cover letter. In fact, you may visit the website and schedule your appointment today!!

 

FIND COMPANIES YOU WANT TO WORK FOR

Identify employers that are not affiliated with UTA and expand your options. Visit the employment section of their website and look for college student/graduate opportunities.

Also, utilize career sites like Indeed.com to generate more job leads.

LINE UP AN INTERNSHIP

Do as many internships as possible during your college years.  If you find that you are under-qualified for your target job at graduation, explore the possibility of doing an internship for the summer or fall after graduation.

Internship sponsors often hire from their past roster of interns, plus you will gain valuable skills and contacts.  If cash flow is an issue, pair a part-time internship with a basic paying job.

GOOD LUCK IN YOUR OPPORTUNITY HUNT!!!!

 

-Written by: Eric Reed

National Nurses Day | Alumni Spotlight

Happy National Nurses Day!

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Yeah, doctors are great but, to me, it’s really nurses who are the heart and soul of any hospital, clinic, or home health care operation that tend to need of sick people around the world. Tragically, nurses are often overlooked and undervalued. Trust me, I’m studying to become one and the respect level we’re given isn’t always equivalent to the work we put into patient care.

Regardless, I’ve been lucky enough to study my craft at one of the top nursing programs in the entire nation. All and all, UTA’s College of Nursing & Health Innovation is awesome and above reproach.  I cannot wait until I complete my studies here and move on to accomplish amazing endeavors like many of the notable alumni listed below

 

Roger Sancho

Current Role: Assistant Athletic Trainer for Golden State Warriors, (NBA)

Responsibilities: Assisting the Lead Athletic Trainer in monitoring of NBA players’ health. Also, assisting in player evaluation for the NBA Draft and other assigned duties as they become available.

Stand-out Quote: “….the University of Texas at Arlington provided me the educational and clinical tools needed to perform my job. When you say you graduated from UTA’s program, it is well respected in the profession.”

 

Katie Clark

Current Role: Registered Nurse in an Orthopedic Practice

Responsibilities: Works as surgeon’s second in command. Additional patient care and review of diagnostic studies.

Stand-out Quote: “UTA’s program has definitely helped make me the clinician I am today!! I am very glad I chose UTA to further my career.”

 

Hattie Jackson

Current Role: Lead Nurse at Texas Health Resources

Responsibilities: Leads and manages a team of eleven emergency room nurses while providing patient care to own patients as well.

Stand-out Quote: “UTA’s program gave me the confidence boost I needed to take charge and lead others while given me a solid core knowledge of nursing principles.”

 

 

-Written by Eric Reed

Decision Day 2019

May 1 is National Decision Day , a day when students across the country are making their declarations known and committing to the school of their choice. This year, UTA Admissions challenged new students to share their decision using #MaverickMade for a chance to win a $500 scholarship. UTA’s newest Mavericks rose to the challenge and submitted creative photos full of blossoming school spirit. Our admissions team chose three of their favorites and now YOU can vote on the UTA Admissions Instagram page.


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Care Week 2019

For the past few years, several departments on campus have teamed up to offer events to students during the weeks leading up to finals. These events are targeted to students to relieve stress and engage with one another while taking a much needed break from studying!

Here are some of the exciting events UTA is offering this year.

Painting with a Twist 

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather. 

EXCEL will sponsor Painting with a Twist in the UC Mall on Tuesday, April 30th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. They will have 60 canvases and it’s first come first served so be sure to get there early to grab yours!

Even if you’re not the next Picasso, taking a little time out of your day to paint can relieve stress and get you intune with your artistic side. When you’re focused on painting, or another form or art expression, you’re less likely to be worrying about your to-do list and become more connected with your surroundings, putting your mind in a meditative state.

Paws For Finals

Back by popular demand, UTA Libraries will be hosting Paws for Finals on the 6th floor of the Central Library from 12-2 p.m. May 1-3 & 6-8.

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Studies have shown that pets, therapy dogs especially, can help reduce stress and anxiety – perfect for finals time! Take a break from crunching numbers and staring at your essay word count and snuggle up to a trained therapy dog.

Snack Attack & Late Night Breakfast

If art and yoga don’t intrigue you, maybe food will! Stop by the UC Mall on Wednesday, May 1st from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for some brain food during UTA’s Snack Attack Event. Volunteers will be handing out homemade Lara Bars to provide you with the energy you need to push through studying for finals!

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The Connections Cafe will host Late Night Breakfast Monday, May 6th and Tuesday, May 7th form 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm for all you late nighters! Grab some pancakes and take a load off from finals with friends.

 

Be sure to check out the Care Week flyer and take a much needed break, your brain will thank you!

8 Tips to Stay Stress-Free During Finals

It’s almost finals season!

It is the most splendid time of the semester (said no one ever).

It’s that extra-special time of the year when students are tempted to cram for finals and stay up as late as humanly possible while consuming an overabundance of richly caffeinated beverages and sugary snacks. Sound familiar?

It’s normal to be slightly overwhelmed and concerned about pending finals. However, that doesn’t mean that mental health should cease being a priority regardless of any pending exam date.

Understandably, the strain of completing final projects and papers while simultaneously studying for tests can worsen or trigger symptoms. In order to have a healthy finals season, here are 8 tips to help you manage and reduce stress:

CREATE A STUDY SCHEDULE

Creating a schedule can help you feel more in control and less overwhelmed. It can also help manage time more efficiently. Consequently, this tip will be great for helping us avoid the infamous ills of procrastination.

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Alternatively, try color-coding our schedule by class, so that you know what needs to get done for each class. Just remember to focus on one task at a time by breaking action items down into smaller steps. Afterwards, cross these small action items off your list until your end goal is accomplished.

Crossing things off your list will give you a sense of satisfaction and encourage you to continue working towards more action items on your list.

STAY CONNECTED WITH FRIENDS

Friends make an awesome support system. While it may be tempting to prepare for exams in solitude, try studying together or grabbing a quick lunch with a friend. Talk to them about how you’re feeling; you may find they are having a similar experience and have their own tips to share.

If you’re worried about a friend, offer words of encouragement and support.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP

It may feel like there is never any time to catch some zzz’s, however getting enough sleep is a critical part of being productive and staying healthy. Sleep deprivation worsens stress and triggers symptoms of mental health conditions.

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Not everyone is the same, but, typically, most young adults require approximately 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. It is easier to wake up in the morning if you are sleeping for full sleep cycles, which are an hour and a half each.

Sleep helps memories form, so you’ll need it to remember all of the information you’re studying and to have the energy to keep working.

EXERCISE

Exercise can help reduce stress and improve memory and sleep. Pick a physical activity that you enjoy and aim for 20 minutes a day. Invite a friend to join you! Having a workout buddy will motivate you to go and make it more fun. Don’t feel like leaving your room? Turn on your favorite music and dance!

RELAX

If you’ve been following your schedule (as noted above) and trying your best not to procrastinate, take some time for yourself. Do something that makes you feel de-stressing. Listen to music or take a quick walk to break up your busy day. Getting outside has been show in research to reduce stress.

Have you studied for an hour (without distracting yourself every few minutes!)? Reward yourself with a short break away from your workspace.

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EAT WELL

Junk food can lower your energy and make you feel worse. Eat fruits, vegetables, plenty of protein and whole grains to strengthen your immune system and stay energized.

Take a piece of free fruit from the dining hall and put it in your bag on your way out. It will be an easy, healthy snack for when you’re studying later.

 

VIST CAPS

UTA’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to helping students meet their full personal, academic, and career potential. Services are available to help students increase their understanding of personal issues address mental and behavioral health problems and make positive changes in their lives. Moreover, CAPS provides services specifically catered to academic pressures, stress, anxiety, and making career decisions while also offering mental health professionals who focus on other areas, such as, depression. Schedule an appointment with the CAPS office today!

AND REMEMBER WHAT COMES AFTER FINALS: SUMMER VACATION!

Finals are tough and overwhelming, but just keep in mind that you’re almost done. You can do it!

If you are finding it difficult to manage stress, talk to someone. Work with your mental health professional to find the best coping techniques for you.

-Written by Eric Reed

Spring Fun On & Off Campus

Spend just a minute on our campus and you’ll quickly see how UTA is an immense and beautiful world all on its own. Add to that the wealth of activities and hotspots in Dallas/Fort Worth, UTA is perfectly positioned for both learning and leisure. With spectacular museums, libraries, institutes and special venues across campus and local cities, you’ll never be bored!

We’ve compiled some of our favorite locations that are great to study, experience or play at.

Popular CAMPUS Destinations

Bookstore. The official UTA Bookstore. Get discounts on textbooks, popular computer software titles, UTA apparel, and more!

College Park District. The centerpiece of this living and shopping destination is the new $78 million, 218,000-square-foot events arena hosting Maverick basketball and volleyball games, as well as concerts, tournaments, and other events.

The Gallery at UTA. Located in the Fine Arts Building, the gallery displays original artwork from local artists, students, and faculty.

Gateway Tower. The tower sits at the corner of UTA Boulevard and South Cooper Street and serves as a gateway welcoming visitors to the University. It is made of brick and cast stone, stands more than 35 feet tall, and glows after dark with Maverick blue lighting.

The Green at College Park. This 4.62-acre green space is intended as an inviting oasis for students, neighbors, and friends to gather and relax.

Irons Recital Hall. The University has a variety of performance groups, including a popular jazz band. You’ll want to catch a performance here.

Library. The sixth floor of Central Library frequently hosts important exhibitions. The floor is also home to our impressive Special Collections.

Mainstage Theatre. Our talented students perform a variety of comedies, dramas, musicals, and other plays every season.

Maverick Activities Center. One of the most popular spots on campus, the MAC is a $34.5 million, 190,000-square-foot recreation facility.

Maverick Stadium. It no longer hosts the University’s football team, but the stadium still features a variety of sporting, charity, and special events year-round.

The Planetarium. This is one of the largest and most sophisticated planetariums in the state of Texas. It regularly offers stargazing events, shows, films, and more.

Smart Hospital. A 13,000-square-foot educational facility for the College of Nursing that houses human-like, life-sized “manikins” that bleed, have heart and lung sounds and pulses, die, and even give birth.

 

Popular ARLINGTON Destinations

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AT&T Stadium. Home of the Dallas Cowboys. Known as “America’s Team,” the five-time Super Bowl champs moved into their impressive new stadium in Arlington in 2009. You can take a tour of the $1.2 billion facility seven days a week.

Globe Life Park. Make sure to get in a game this season, as its the last the Texas Rangers will play in Globe Life Park before moving across the street.

Six Flags Over Texas. This is the flagship location of the popular amusement park franchise. Hurricane Harbor, the largest water park in North Texas, is located across the street.

River Legacy Park and Nature Center. Located in north Arlington, River Legacy offers miles of hike and bike trails winding through thick forest and expansive greenbelts. The 12,000-square-foot Nature Center houses interactive exhibits, terrariums, aquariums, and more.

Levitt Pavilion. Located minutes from campus, this outdoor venue hosts 50 free concerts a year with a broad-based, eclectic list of performers.

 

Popular Dallas & Fort Worth Destinations

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Sixth Floor Museum. The permanent exhibit at the historic site features films, photographs, and artifacts that chronicle President John F. Kennedy’s life, death, and legacy.

Deep Ellum. The lively Deep Ellum entertainment district is known for its vibrant street murals, quirky art galleries and long-time concert venues for indie and blues. Brewpubs, cocktail bars and Tex-Mex eateries draw a boisterous crowd on weekends, while edgy, experimental drama dominates the program at the time-tested Undermain Theatre, in a warehouse basement. The Deep Ellum Brewing Company offers tours, tastings and events.

Dallas Museum of Art. The Dallas Museum of Art is an art museum located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, along Woodall Rodgers Freeway between St. Paul and Harwood. In 1984, the museum moved from its previous location in Fair Park to the Arts District.

AT&T Performing Arts Center. The AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Texas is a $354-million multi-venue center in the Dallas Arts District for performances of opera, musical theater, classic and experimental theater, ballet and other forms of dance.

 

Fort Worth Water Garden. Built in 1975, these beautiful water features are a popular place for graduation photos, romantic strolls or a fun afternoon with the family.

Panther Island Pavilion. What’s better than water and music? HOw about both! Panther Island Pavilion brings together concerts, festivals, special events and more right on the Trinity River.

Fort Worth Stockyards. They say Fort Worth is where the West begins. Learn about the traditional livestock industry, grab a new pair of boots, and eat some delicious southern fare in this National Historic District.

 

 

-Written by Eric Reed

8 Awesome Electives to Take This Fall

Do you like Jay-Z? Why yes, I do? Do you want to take a class where you can listen to The Blueprint, 4:44, Magna Carta Holy Grail, and Kingdom Come while receiving credit hours that count towards your ultimate goal of graduation? SIGN ME UP and FAST….

….because there are more than 59,000 other students clamoring to claim a spot in such coveted courses that are fun, informative, and great GPA boosters. As a rising senior, I’ve only grazed the tip of a huge iceberg when it comes to the wide array of awesome courses offered at UTA.

While math or ancient history may not be your favorite subjects, we’ve got 8 of the coolest classes at UTA you can register for to bring a little fun to your schedule.

Meet with your advisor and get registered today!

 

  1. MUSI 1303. HISTORY AND APPRECIATION OF HIP HOP AND R&B MUSIC. 3 Hours.

This course explores the history and evolution of Hip Hop and modern urban music, emphasizing musical style and social context, from rhythm and blues through the present.

 

  1. ENGL 3347. THE LIFE & TIMES OF SEAN CARTER. 3 Hours.

Students analyze Jay-Z’s 2017 4:44 album and place it in a broad context of the African-American literary continuum of autobiographical and semi-autobiographical works. In this course, text-mining software is utilized to quantify linguistic and thematic trends between Jay-Z’s body of work and classic literary texts written by tour de force wordsmiths like Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison, thus pinpointing the intellectual and cultural components of hip-hop music.

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  1. POLS 4316. WOMEN IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to the unique experiences of women in the political process, the impact of these experiences on the political system, and the theories of gender and politics. Offered as POLS 4316 and WOMS 4316; credit will be granted only once.

 

  1. SOCI 1310- INTRODUCTION TO POP CULTURE. 3 Hours.

In this course, students will learn how popular culture has impacted society in the United States. Students will examine the various aspects of culture and what it means around the world. Other topics to be discussed include the creation of culture, individuals of the United States, and how other parts of the world views America.

 

  1. COMM 1300- INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION. 3 Hours.

What is communication and what is its overall impact on the world we live in? This course will take students through the basic fundamentals of communication. Topics to be discussed include the printing press, photos, social media, and technology.

 

  1. DNCE 1300- DANCE APPRECIATION. 3 Hours.

This course is designed for students to develop an appreciate of dance. Students will have the chance to discuss and watch various dance performances, share their own experiences, and learn the various styles and terminology utilized in the past and present.

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  1. CRCJ 2340- CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. 3 Hours.

In this course, students will learn about the various aspects of the criminal justice system. Students will learn the processes of investigation, as well as the theories and history of criminology. Other topics to be discussed include the collection and analyzation of evidence, conforming courses, and crime scenes.

 

  1. HIST 3303. HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES. 3 Hours.

A wide-ranging investigation of the development and growth of video games and the gaming industry from the origins of electronic computing to the present day. Students will be expected to play classic games (in emulation) as part of their weekly course preparations.

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5 Health Tips to Heighten Your Summertime Shine

Health is wealth! Without it we are limiting our ability to live our best lives and become the best versions of ourselves.

In fact, energy levels, intellectual dexterity, charisma, and communication skills all devolve to unproductive levels if we are not mindful of health.

Optimizing physical, mental, and emotional health provides us with the internal resources needed be effective in accomplishing goals and enjoying our personal time. In essence, living a healthy lifestyle helps us glow up and increase our shine.

Check out our tips to let your best self shine in the summertime:

EAT RIGHT  

Our food intake should include an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Strive to consume at least nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day; this is equivalent to 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables per day.

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A meal plan overflowing with vegetables and fruits can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and prevent some forms of cancer while providing a positive effect on blood sugar levels, thus shielding us against Type 2 diabetes.

STAY HYDRATED

Water is needed to beat the blazing Texas heat! We all need to drink at least 64 full ounces of water each day to prevent dehydration. Adequate water consumption helps normalize blood pressure, stabilize heart rate, and optimize the flow of nutrients & oxygen to our body’s cells while also regulating body temperature. If needed, carry an inexpensive water bottle throughout the day and consistently re-fill it to ensure you meet water consumption needs.

WEIGHT TRAINING + CARDIO

Routine physical activity, each day if possible, in combination with healthy food consumption will definitely improve overall health! Naturally, physical activity will contribute to controlled appetites, elevated moods, and quality sleep. Accordingly, we help reduce our risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, depression, and a myriad of cancers in the long-term when we engage in daily physical activity. Stop by the Maverick Activity Center and start burning those calories!

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DE-STRESS

Psychological and emotional stress manifest in our physical health. Stress physically takes a toll on our body, not just our mind, if we are not able to effectively manage it. Researchers from the Harvard School of Medicine recommend the following activities to help us positively de-stress:

-Stay positive. Laughter has been found to lower levels of stress hormones, reduce inflammation in the arteries, and increase “good” HDL cholesterol.

-Meditate. This practice of inward-focused thought and deep breathing has been shown to reduce heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure. Meditation’s close relatives, yoga and prayer, can also relax the mind and body.

-Exercise. Every time you are physically active, whether you take a walk or play tennis, your body releases mood-boosting chemicals called endorphins. Exercising not only melts away stress, it also protects against heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, strengthening your heart muscle, and helping you maintain a healthy weight.

-Unplug. It’s impossible to escape stress when it follows you everywhere. Cut the cord. Avoid emails and TV news. Take time each day — even if it’s for just 10 or 15 minutes — to escape from the world.

-Find ways to take the edge off your stress. Simple things, like a warm bath, listening to music, or spending time on a favorite hobby, can give you a much-needed break from the stressors in your life. 

REST

Our bodies need rest. We must ensure that we receive at least 7 hours of quality sleep each night. Our bodies require enough time to recuperate and strengthen. It is important that we strike a great balance between handling responsibilities, socializing, physical activity, and resting. Therefore, REST!

Your body will thank you.

 

 

 

Creating a Culture of Consent | #SAAM

The collegiate years are routinely referred to as “the greatest years of our lives.” This is due to the unique set of circumstances that allow individuals to acquire an abundance of vital knowledge, skills, and attitudes while meeting a multitude of people from many diverse backgrounds.

In essence, our collegiate years cultivate a culture which undoubtedly encourages growth, elevation, and change within us. By the same token, university life can also become a great source of stress for many of us. Naturally, maintaining a stellar grade point average and choosing a career path from a myriad of options can place immense pressure upon the studious student.

Unfortunately, these are not the only stressors students are faced with. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 11% of all college students, male and female, experience rape or sexual assault.

Here at UTA, our Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention (RSVP) Program works diligently with students, faculty, and alumni to help reduce these statistics on our campus. This month, we’re hosting a series of events during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, #SAAM.

Most recently, our RSVP Program invited Dr. Keith Edwards to speak on sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, college men’s issues, and social justice education. During his eye-opening presentation he provided the student body with 3 preventative measures which will help transform the currently prevailing rape culture to one of empowerment and consent. Dr. Edwards’ preventative measures are listed below.

SUPPORT SURVIORS 

– Safety: Ensure the survivor is safe. Call 9-1-1 if survivor is in need of medical care. Assess mental and emotional state of survivor; help provide them with proper mental health experts if suicidal. If possible, provide survivor with safe space to reside if survivor lives in close proximity to assailant.

– Believe: According to the FBI the incidents of individuals claiming they experienced sexual violence when they did not is about the same rate as people who said someone stole their car when that didn’t happen. Do not doubt survivors. If someone shares an incident of sexual assault with you, tell them that you believe them. It is not your responsibility to investigate or gather evidence. Simply listen and tell them that you believe them.

– “It is Not Your Fault”: Victim blaming is very common in our current rape culture. In fact, the prevailing culture sends implicit messages to women in particular which subtly blame women if she doesn’t meet arbitrary rules regarding fashion, alcohol consumption, socializing with friends, and/or allowing certain guests into their homes. These messages are often intended to help individuals reduce their risk of experiencing sexual violence, however they also tend to blame victims and make them second-guess themselves instead of placing rightful blame on their assailant. Tell victims of sexual assault that it is not their fault.

-Empower: Those who experience sexual violence have had their choices and ability to make decisions about themselves taken away. Make sure you are empowering them to make decisions about what happens going forward, both with their healing process and with any reporting they may choose. This can be especially hard when the person telling us they have experienced sexual violence is someone we care about deeply, and we feel we know what is best for them. Make suggestions. Make recommendations. Repeat them if you feel you need to. But, be sure you are empowering them to make their own decisions.

 

SEXUAL VIOLENCE IS A MEN’S ISSUE 

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, more than 50% of female victims reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40% by a known acquaintance. Most female victims are attacked by men who are not strangers, but instead classmates, co-workers, neighbors, friends and associates. Additionally, one in six men will experience some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.

Men can be key players in the prevention of sexual violence, intervening when others cross boundaries and become inappropriate. All and all, the modern man must acknowledge his privilege and wield that privilege in helping create a culture of consent, especially on our college campuses. Moreover, men must also re-examine masculinity beyond the scope of sexual conquest.

 

ADDRESS INTERSECTIONS 

It is important to realize the societal power dynamics at play when viewing sexual violence. One’s socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity definitely impact incidents of sexual assault.

In fact, according to the Equal Justice Initiative African-American women and impoverished women have a long history of being sexually exploited by wealthy men while members of the LGBTQ community are vulnerable to sexual assault and homicide by heterosexual men.

We must address these blatant inequalities and begin providing tangible solutions to help prevent the sexual assault of these traditionally disenfranchised groups as well.

See Dr. Edwards TEDx talk on changing the conversation around sexual violence ⬇️

 

-Written by Eric Reed

 

UTA Glass Art Sale

Brilliantly colored jewelry, symbolic sculptures, and a wide array of beautifully adorned art pieces conceived by the creative minds UTA’s Department of Art + Art History’s faculty and students will be available for purchase this upcoming Friday and Saturday at the annual Glass Art Sale.

UTA students, staff and faculty can get early access to the show on Friday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Studio Arts Center, located at 810 South Davis Street. The event opens to the general public on Saturday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

The Glass Art Sale will feature a silent auction with works from students, faculty and visiting professors. Glassblowing demonstrations will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Works from graduate students will also be on exhibit and guests can even win a beautiful piece thanks to a raffle at the event.

 

This annual tradition has been alive and thriving since the mid-1990s, drawing people from across North Texas and its bordering states, which ostensibly demonstrates the mass appeal of the extraordinary works from students, faculty, and visiting artists.

 

Over two-thousand artistic pieces ranging from $5 paperweights to priceless collector items will be for sale, a portion of the profits earned will benefit deserving undergraduate and graduate students in The Department of Art + Art History via scholarship funds. Moreover, profits from this singular, tour de force event help finance a major portion of the funding needed to purchase raw materials routinely utilized by faculty and students to create academic projects and presentations throughout the year.

 

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the building. Call the Studio Arts Center at 817-272-2891 for more information.

 

-Written by Eric Reed

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