Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.
Silence can create change! That’s why every year hundreds of thousands of students across the world take a vow of silence on a Friday in April. This quiet but powerful, student-led action raises awareness about the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination.
Strength in numbers. Solidarity in silence.
Participants in the Suffolk Day of Silence can pick up their Day of Silence t-shirts at the Office of Diversity Services (Archer 481) starting Monday, March 31st. Cards explaining the event will also be available for pick up. Please check out the Suffolk Day of Silence Facebook page.
Breaking the Silence:
Please join us at 5:00pm on Thursday, April 10th to break the silence with our Pride Week key-note speaker, Jay Michaelson in Donahue 403. Check out the Facebook page for more information.
This event is a part of Pride Week 2014 and co-sponsored by The Rainbow Alliance and The Office of Diversity Services.