This week’s Spotlight shines down on Christine Pajewski. A model student majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Sociology Minor, she is also Alpha Chi Omega Chapter President, Virginia Women’s Club Water Polo Captain, ‘Step Up UVA’ Co-Chair with Jon Torre, and was Third Year Council Ring Ceremony Chair. Among her other positions, ‘Step Up UVA’ Committee is the most recent as it was initiated by the Deans of Students starting this Spring 2013 semester. The Committee was started out of concern for the rash of attacks and violence that had occurred within the UVA Community in the Fall and its duties have included creatively pursuing increased safety at UVA through presentations and other projects.
While the Committee may be new, it is only a revitalization of older programs know as ‘Get Grounded’ (a UVA specific program) and ‘Step Up’ (a national program). The newly formed Committee of around 8 students developed the newest campaign for student safety and named it ‘Step Up UVA.’ At the heart of ‘Step Up UVA’ is a presentation with the purpose of combating the social norm of bystander behavior or harmful passivity. The presentation training sessions encourage and empower students to recognize, react and respect at the University of Virginia.
To request a training, please fill out the Training Request Form or email Logistics Coordinator, Liz Brailsford. A training counts towards an FOA progra