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Clarkson University Students Teach Classmates About Safety

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Two students took over as teachers this year in first-year student orientation at Clarkson University by leading an event that taught the newest Golden Knights Clarkson University Students Teach Classmates About Safetyabout sexual assault.

Clarkson sophomores Sarah Hill and Sarah Emlaw, who spent last semester working on a presentation under Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences Jennifer Ball, showed their own video and lead a discussion that focused on sexual assault education.

As part of a course they took last semester with Ball and Daniel E. Dullea, titled "Documenting Social Activism," the duo decided to make "One in Four," a video about sexual assault. After the completion of the video, they realized they could reach more people and present to groups about the topics covered in their video.

But the two admit they had plans to make the video before the class required it.

"We grew up together in a small town (Chestertown, N.Y.) and realized that after high school, we’d all be out in places we we’re familiar with," said Emlaw. "We knew that learning about sexual assault would be important for ourselves and others.

"We had seen news stories about sexual assault from across the country in small towns like ours and like Potsdam. We saw it close to home. It was scary thinking that these types of issues are everywhere."

After the course and project were finished, Ball suggested that the students join the first-year orientation board, with hopes that they could present during the three-day event.

Hill and Emlaw joined in as part of a larger session on sexual assault, including survivor story-telling and small group discussions, which they helped organize.

"The program raises awareness about the issues of sexual assault in our community and the tremendous resources offered through Clarkson and the wider community to help raise awareness and aid survivors," said Ball.

The group plans on bringing their video on the road to local communities in the near future.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Sarah A. Hill and Sarah J. Emlaw

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