SHEPHERDSTOWN — The sixth annual Rams Rally for Respect was held on Thursday at Shepherd College, the place scholar organizations, employees, college students and neighborhood members joined collectively to advocate for social change to finish all types of oppression, discrimination and violence.
Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic, affiliate vice chairman for range fairness and inclusivity and the division chair for sociology, criminology and prison justice at Shepherd College, spoke on the finish of the march to these in attendance about changing into higher and studying about what others undergo.
“It’s our duty to study and perceive the histories of all teams, so we will then stroll collectively and respect one another each day,” Howard-Bostic mentioned. “I would like you to be a greater particular person tomorrow than you have been immediately. I at all times attempt to study, learn, discuss to individuals, have interaction, turn into a greater particular person tomorrow than you have been immediately and attempt to perceive who precisely you might be.”
In line with the official description of the occasion, the Rams Rally is an anti-violence march and protest to advertise a nonviolent tradition of respect on campus whereas empowering college students, school and neighborhood members to face up in opposition to violence in all varieties.
Shepherd College’s Social Fairness, Inclusion and Title IX Division sponsored the occasion that started on the amphitheater on the east facet of campus behind Erma Ora Byrd Corridor and concluded on the west facet of campus.
Annie Lewin is the director of social fairness, inclusion and Title IX at Shepherd College. She is among the most important organizers of the occasion annually, and since final yr’s occasion was digital, she mentioned she is worked up to be again this yr and see the influence of the occasion.
“What we all know is that after we create a tradition of respect the place individuals deal with one another with respect, dignity and worth, the incidences of violence go down, and everyone seems to be extra profitable. When you come into an area and devalued or degraded or something like that for any purpose, it results your entire self,” Lewin mentioned. “Selling a tradition of respect is one thing that has actually grown over time. It creates an area the place you’re feeling liked, the place you’re feeling such as you’re a part of a neighborhood, and that adjustments every little thing.”
Lewin added that her favourite half concerning the occasion is the empowered feeling that’s left with attendees.
“I really like to look at the scholars develop, turn into empowered and empower one another. That isn’t attainable except you create an area the place individuals can really feel valued, and that’s one thing that simply cycles,” she mentioned.