Today, SAGA (the sexuality and gender alliance club) is leading an observance of the Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is a traditional day of solidarity for LGBTQIA+ students and youth who have been or continue to be bullied, harassed, and silenced for being who they are. In honor of those individuals, those observing this day take a vow of silence. The first ever Day of Silence took place at the University of Virginia in 1996. This year, it fell last Friday, April 14, but we are observing it today at Saint Mary’s. Participants are encouraged to wear black to symbolize this day of mourning. Please note that students participating in the Day of Silence are still going to be expected to participate in class discussions when called on and talk when necessary for work reasons, etc.
Anyone with questions about the Day of Silence can email SAGA’s president, Rachel Hewitt, at firstname.lastname@example.org.