Indiana University East in partnership with Earlham College and Genesis of Richmond will join together to host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes from 11 a.m. to 12:30 on Tuesday, October 24, on the IU East quad. Registration is open at 10 a.m. This event is sponsored by Whitewater Broadcasting station, G101.3, and Brewer Broadcasting stations, Kicks96 and 101.7 The Point.
The event is free, but donations will be collected at the event to support Genesis of Richmond. A pledge sheet is available online at iue.edu/walkamile. Participants should bring their pledge sheets and donations to the Genesis of Richmond table at registration on the day of the event.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an effort to raise awareness of sexualized violence toward women. Intended to be a fun way to bring awareness to the serious topic, the event asks men to literally walk a mile in women’s heels. As a result, organizers hope the walk encourages a conversation about issues surrounding sexual violence and ways to create positive change.
Tracy Amyx, deputy Title IX coordinator/director of Affirmative Action/EEOC officer at IU East, said of the campus event:
“It’s imperative to mention that although this particular organization brings awareness of sexualized violence against women, we recognize that sexual assault is blind and that any person can be a victim of this crime, regardless of gender, race, color or sexual orientation,” Amyx said. “That being said, this event allows men to get involved, have a voice and to be a part of the culture of change.”
Men will walk approximately one mile around the IU East campus wearing women’s high-heeled shoes. Women are welcome and encouraged to participate as well.
Heels will not be provided at the event. Participants should consider purchasing their heels at the local Salvation Army or Goodwill.
Heels are also available on the official Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Store at ledame.com/walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes.
Awards will be given for fastest male walker, male with best heels, community member with the most pledges, and team/organization with the most pledges.
For more information about Walk a Mile in Her Shoes at IU East, contact Tracy Amyx, deputy Title IX coordinator/director of Affirmative Action/EEOC officer, at 765-973-8402 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit iue.edu/walkamile.