October 10, 2014-April 24, 2015
Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery
2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
Come Celebrate International Women’s History Month
Join us for the Project SURVIVE 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Wednesday, March 25, 2:00-4:00 pm, 2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
Juana Alicia: Artist and Activist Talk
Thursday, March 26, 1:00-2:00 pm, Room 305, 3rd Floor, Rosenberg Library
Project SURVIVE, a peer education program at City College of San Francisco, addresses the problem of sexual and intimate partner violence among City College students. Even though the problem disproportionately affects women, the program addresses the needs of all survivors, no matter their gender or gender identification. Peer educators facilitate classroom presentations promoting healthy relationships and also organize campus wide-events. The coordinator offers resources and referrals to survivors. A complementary non-credit self-defense class amplifies the empowerment model on which the program is built.
Detail, La Llorona Mural by Juana Alicia
Students become peer educators by enrolling in two courses: WOMN 54, “The Politics of Sexual Violence” and WOMN 55, “Ending Sexual Violence: Peer Education.” Students may also become eligible for the Sexual Health Educator Certificate.
Project SURVIVE holds to the principle that violence is a public health problem that can be alleviated, in part, through prevention education. The most empowering aspect of Project SURVIVE is that students deliver solutions to their peers in frank, open discussions. They approach the subject in a non-threatening, hopeful manner. Audiences are always receptive and often enthusiastic. Evaluations indicate that students appreciate learning from peers–people they can identify with and trust.
During our first official year, 1994-1995, one peer educator and the Project SURVIVE coordinator facilitated 60 classroom workshops serving 1,100 students. Twenty years later, 25 peer educators facilitate nearly 400 classroom workshops annually, serving 6,500 students. In the first year of the Sexual Health Educator Certificate, we awarded two students certificates. Now we typically award 15-17 students certificates each year. Many of the performances, installations, and other productions listed on the timeline (in the case across from this one) have become annual events.
In addition to presentations in English, we deliver bilingual Spanish-English presentations at the Mission Campus and bilingual Chinese-English presentations at the Chinatown campus.
Project SURVIVE is a member of the Expect Respect SF collaborative, a group of San Francisco rape and intimate partner violence intervention and prevention programs. Other member organizations include SF Women Against Rape, SFLGBT Speakers Bureau, W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Young Asian Women Against Violence, The Riley Center, La Casa de las Madres, Health Initiatives for Youth, Shalom Bayit and Planned Parenthood. The collaborative works to promote healthy and violence-free dating among all youth through youth-centered, culturally sensitive education. We give healthy relationship workshops to all SFUSD 9th grade Health Education classes every academic year.
Project SURVIVE Founder and Coordinator
Click to Access the Project SURVIVE Assignment and List of Resources
The Project Survive exhibition was curated by Kate Connell, Leslie Simon and Amber Straus and designed by Traci Wrycza.
For more information contact Kate Connell,
Curator, Library Exhibition Program at kconnell (at) ccsf (dot) edu.