By: Keylee Fillingim | Contributing Writer
This September, South kicked off its annual Girls Night Out event in the Student Center Ballroom. Girls Night Out is hosted every Wednesday in Sept. from 5:30-7 p.m. The event gives girls the opportunity to have personal conversations in a safe place.
Springhill College students are involved with this year’s Girls Night Out.
Topics such as healthy relationships, suicide prevention, positive self-esteem, sexual assault, and bystander intervention are discussed in each meeting. Chick-fil-a nuggets, veggies, and fruit are catered to all who attended. Door prizes are given out each night as well.
Resident assistant, Kelsey Taylor, attended Girls Night Out Last year. She brought some of her residents this year.
“I wanted to share this experience with my residents.” Said Taylor, “I like how we go over the topics, and I really want the freshmen not only to have fun at south but also be safe.”
Students enjoyed food and listened to the special speaker before branching into small groups. Small groups are given a facilitator to lead a discussion on each topic.
Coordinator Buckley Freeman shared the importance of small groups. A majority of Girls Night Out attendees are freshmen.
“It really gives them the opportunity to recognize a face on campus,” said Freeman, “or have a touchstone that they can reach out to.”
GNO facilitator, Allera Padgett, encourages young women to attend the event in hopes of building a personal connection or life-long friendships.
“All girls need to express how they are feeling on certain topics,” said Padgett, “and Girl’s Night Out is the perfect place for it.”
September is suicide prevention month. Students discussed topics on suicide prevention in week two.
Facilitator Katherine Rogers with Lifelines Counseling Services, shared the importance of getting under and upperclassmen, of both colleges, together to create community and a safe place to talk about important topics.
“Whenever we start talking about it, people start realizing and there’s awareness.” Said Rogers, “It’s just like a domino effect across this entire campus.”
Girls come together and raise awareness regarding sexual assault, violence, and rape in the campus community at Girls Night Out. If you missed previous weeks be sure to attend the next two meetings for the opportunity to discuss topics on sexual assault and body positivity.
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Suicide Hotline: 1800-273-TALK(8255)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE(4673)
The Rape Crisis Center 24-hour Hotline: 210-349-7273