NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — As part of an international movement to reduce violence against women, as well as gender-based violence, the MCLA community will gather in front of Bowman Hall in the campus quadrangle for a White Ribbon Day event on Thursday, April 6, at 12:15 p.m. to show support for reducing these forms of violence.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be emceed by Dr. Thomas Whalen, assistant professor of business at MCLA. Speakers will include Travis Rice ’17 and Connor Ogborn ’20, both of whom are student coordinators in MCLA’s Center for Service, as well as Mary Mulleur, a counselor advocate with the Elizabeth Freeman Center, and Liz Mitchell, a SAFEPLAN advocate at the Center.

From Monday, April 3, to Wednesday, April 5, campus members are encouraged to sign a pledge in the Campus Marketplace, to help reduce violence against women and gender-based violence.  Those who sign the pledge will receive a white ribbon, while supplies last.

White Ribbon is an international organization that works to reduce violence against women and all gender-based violence. It began as an organization based in Canada, with the aim to reduce violence against women.  Over time, this movement became an international effort, and grew to include opposition to all gender-based violence. 

Over the past few months, individual MCLA community members have met bi-weekly to discuss “reducing toxic masculinity” at the College. The April 6 event is co-sponsored by this group, along with the MCLA IGE Center and Susan B. Anthony Women’s Center, as well as the North Adams Elizabeth Freeman Center and Boston-based “Jane Doe Inc” organization.

For more information about Massachusetts’ White Ribbon Day Campaign, a Men’s Initiative of Jane Dow Inc., of the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, go to

Through its offices in Pittsfield, North Adams and Great Barrington, the Elizabeth Freeman Center provides lifesaving, life-renewing help to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and to their families. The Center also offers free and confidential counseling, shelter, legal advocacy, safety planning, teen dating violence prevention education, a 24/7 hotline, and much more.

Each year, the Center reaches more than 5,000 people from almost every community in Berkshire County. Their staff can meet people in safe locations almost anywhere in the County.

For more information about the Elizabeth Freeman Center, go to

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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