The Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability is looking for student artists to enter their Denim Day jacket contest.
Since 1999, Denim Day has stood as a symbol against destructive attitudes surrounding blaming the victims of sexual assault. As part of OSAA, the CARE team is getting involved with the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LAFASA) banquet for the first time through this contest.
OSAA Deputy Director Antoinette Alack explained that the CARE team is always looking for opportunities to expand its partnerships with the community and continue the sexual assault prevention message.
“The Southeastern CARE team is proactive in partnering with coalitions and community foundations to further promote the advancement of sexual assault prevention and we are always looking for ways to involve students in this support as well,” said said Alack.
The banquet was a way to involve SLU students while respecting the values of the CARE team.
LAFASA hosts an annual Denim Day fundraiser to support survivors and even offers support services like a confidential helpline. Tickets are currently on sale for the banquet date, April 27, and attendees can eat from the buffet, get a bag, drinks, and more after purchasing a ticket.
Alack said she wants student artists to have this opportunity to not only share their art, but also gain more support for LAFASA.
“It’s a great opportunity for a student artist to showcase their work and ask banquet attendees to bid on their design, not to mention having someone wear their design – how cool! Many of these designs have even contributed to bidding wars and provided great support for LaFASA’s support and mission,” said Alack.
How this competition works is that a student will submit a draft of their design via a JotForm by March 29; design can be hand drawn or downloaded.
The specs for the design say there should be a southeast reference involved, whether it’s green or gold, an image of Roomie, or some other form of SLU pride. All submitted designs will be judged by selected SGA students; A design will be chosen for the Denim Day Jacket on March 30.
The winner will be notified the first week of April and will receive a denim jacket on which they will paint their design. Artists must provide their own mediums such as paint, brushes and other materials. The due date for the painted jacket will be no later than April 25 and should be forwarded to the OSAA office at Mims Hall 207.
The winner will also be featured in The Lion’s Roar with their jacket design and will be credited as an artist during the auction at the LAFASA Banquet.
April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Alack added that the CARE team had a few events planned.
There will be a Denim Day event on April 27 near Starbucks on campus called “Wag That Swag” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students will be allowed to bring their dogs dressed in denim, as long as they have their vaccinations and are friendly to others. Food and stickers will also be provided.
When it comes to sexual assault prevention, Alack wants students to know that there are resources on campus ready to help.
Alack noted, “The Southeast cares about you. Your safety is important and you should have fun without fear, but to do that you need to educate yourself and be proactive with your safety. Always know that you can contact us for assistance and to find out more about where to report encounters or if you just want to talk to someone, please contact one of our on-campus resources. Familiarize yourself with our Title IX office and familiarize yourself with your student rights and policies by reviewing the Student Handbook at southeastern.edu/studenthandbook.”
For more on the Denim Day jacket contest, check out Team CARE’s Instagram @southeasterncare where they have a QR code for the link and also the link to the JotForm at https://www.jotform.com/form/220685684466165.