Marygrove assistant professor Kalimah Johnson receives Spirit of Detroit Award

SASHA Center, Founder and Marygrove College Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department, Kalimah Johnson, was recognized on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Detroit City Council meeting with a Spirit of Detroit Award in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Kalimah has worked to bring awareness about Domestic and Sexual Violence for 17 years providing comprehensive prevention and direct care to survivors of intimate partner violence. She is also a member of the Michigan Coalition Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Founder of SASHA Center.

All of the activities at Marygrove related to Domestic Violence Awareness month have been coordinated by Kalimah with the help of student organizations and several departments on campus. They include:

-A Domestic Violence Panel Discussion will be held in the Main Dining Room in the Madame Cadillac building on Monday, October 22, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be experts in the field, survivors, and special guest, comedian and radio personality COCO from WJLB FM98!

The Marygrove College Dance Department has a special performance for the evening and will be a tribute to all survivors of Domestic Violence.

A discussion with students on relationship safety will follow in the Florent Gillet Residence Hall starting at 8:30 p.m. (students and facilitators only). Sponsored by the Social Work Department, The Women’s Center, SASHA CENTER, Student Life and The Women’s Leadership Institute.

-A Purple Ribbon Campaign began Oct. 1, 2012 — you can pick a ribbon up in the Social Work Department’s Resource Room. Sponsored by NETWORK.

-A segment of the Marygrove College Clothesline Project has been placed in the MG Library across from the Circulation Desk in the display case. The T-shirts were designed by Marygrove students and survivors from a local Domestic Violence agency in recognition of violence against women. Hosted by the Marygrove Library.

-A Domestic Violence Dinner Table Display will be placed next to the Main Dining Room (first week of October) in the Madame Cadillac building on the first floor. Stop by and reflect on how domestic violence affects everyone. Take a purple ribbon and wear it for the rest of the month, learn the statistics and read the poems placed on the table by Marygrove students. Sponsored by Phi Alpha-Social Work Honor Society.

Congratulations Kalimah!

3 thoughts on “Marygrove assistant professor Kalimah Johnson receives Spirit of Detroit Award

  1. Wow prof. Johnson, I’m so proud of the work you have done, are doing, and soon to do in the future! I feel honored to be under your tutelage!

  2. I am grateful to Kalimah for her generous efforts to keep us connected to wider community efforts to recognize and address issues around domestic violence. Congrats!

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