by BRANDON UTLEY
Tiffin University’s SPECTRUM is hosting a photography project to coincide with the National Day of Silence, a national event in April to bring awareness to anti-LGBTQ bullying and crimes.
The project consists of students and faculty writing what they do to keep themselves safe that not everyone may think about on a large piece of paper. The goal is to have enough pictures to hang in a large display on campus on the National Day of Silence, which falls on Friday, April 21 this year.
“Following the election, many minority students felt as though their voices were not being heard or did not matter, and we want to change that,” Dr. Erin Dean said as she explained the meaning behind her photo project.
The goal of this project is to show students that they are not alone and allow them to discover something that makes them feel safe not only on campus, but also in life.
“It means progress,” said Nicholas Ditter, the president of SPECTRUM. “I think a huge issue today, albeit often voluntary, is ignorance, and this project helps to eliminate that by bringing not only awareness to the struggles faced by minorities, but also personalizes it because the people in these photos are your peers and friends.”
Students can participate by stopping by the chapel in Hayes Thursday, March 9 between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. or Monday, March 20 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Interested students can contact Professor Lee Fearnside or Dr. Erin Dean for more details.