The College of Communication and the Arts, in partnership with its newly formed Student Board, recently collected donations for Women Aware, a nonprofit organization that provides support services to survivors of domestic violence, during National Women's History Month in March.
With the tremendous support of students, faculty and staff, a comprehensive sampling of women's and children's clothing, toiletries, baby products, school supplies and household products will impact the lives of women and their families seeking temporary housing, counseling or advocacy services from the New Brunswick, N.J. based organization.
The CommArts Student Board, comprised of leaders within the College's student organizations and clubs, lead this initiative by hosting donation drop-off areas across campus and encouraging colleague participation. In line with National Women's History March, the collection for Women Aware embodied the University's mission, encouraging leadership with a community-focused mindset.
"Survivors fleeing violence often arrive to our crisis shelter with few possessions. We provide everything they may need for an extended stay in our shelter while rebuilding their life," said Katie Orlemanski, development manager at Women Aware. "New clothing, clean linens, toiletries, school supplies and toys are all donated by our incredible community partners like the College of Communication and the Arts at Seton Hall University."
Formed in Spring 2018, the CommArts Student Board unites the College's student organizations with a dedication to interdisciplinary collaboration and supporting one another. This year's members include leaders from the Brownson Speech and Debate Team, WSOU 89.5 FM, Pirate Television, Theatre Council, Seton Hall Choir, Seton Hall Orchestra, Gentleman of the Hall, Seton Strings, Pirate Sports Network and the Graduate Student Association.
"The creation of the Student Board brings our students together as a community. They can learn what their colleagues are doing, what they might need help with, or congratulate each other on successes,” said Dean Deirdre Yates of the College of Communication the Arts. "By linking our organizations together, there is a wonderful opportunity to see the impact our students are creating not just for themselves, but for our entire CommArts family."