The Columbia Health Sexual Violence Response and Barnard Well Woman programs have been awarded the Avon Foundation’s Ambassador Award for their partnership in the Step Up! bystander training. The Award was presented at Avon’s Tribute Reception on November 20 in recognition of the team’s work towards fostering a safe environment for the Barnard/Columbia community.
Barnard student Evangeline Delgado ’15, a peer educator with Barnard’s Well Woman program, delivered remarks at the event. “Working as a peer educator in Well Woman’s office for the last three years, I have been able to see the positive impact of empowering young adults to stand up for their health and safety by utilizing the resources offered on campus,” Delgado told the crowd. “Step Up! is now one of those resources, and it is changing how Barnard and Columbia students care for themselves, friends, peers, and members of the larger community.”
The Avon Foundation’s annual Tribute Reception, held this year at the New-York Historical Society, honors individuals and organizations committed to ending both breast cancer and domestic violence. The event featured special guest Annie Leibovitz, whose exhibition “Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage” is currently on view at the museum.
Executive Director of Student Health and Wellness Programs MJ Murphy, SVR & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center Director La'Shawn Rivera, and Evangeline Delgado '15 joined by Avon CEO Sheri McCoy, Avon Foundation's Christine Jaworsky and renowned American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz. (Photo credit: Avon Foundation)
Sexual Violence Response works to promote behaviors that foster positive, healthy, and consensual relationships, and supports survivors of violence through advocacy, connection to resources, community education, training, and engagement. Step Up! is a national pro-social bystander intervention strategy implemented campus-wide at Columbia. The program teaches students safe and effective ways to intervene in situations of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and harassment.