Paradise Valley Community College’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement (DEIE) Committee recently honored October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a donation drive supporting the Sojourner Center.
Since 1977, Sojourner Center has been a safe haven from domestic violence for women and their children in Arizona. Since its founding, the Center has transformed lives by providing shelter and support services to more than 60,000 adults and children affected by domestic violence. The Sojourner Center is also one of the few domestic violence shelters that allows individuals to bring their pets.
Throughout the month, PVCC successfully collected much needed items to support the Center including diapers, bedding, and hygiene items. The Sojourner Center’s Co-Director, Julie Peterson, highlighted the importance and impact of these items during her training focused on trauma-informed care.
“We are extremely grateful….so much of what we want to do is predictability and remove any stress. And so, when we receive these donations, it allows us to meet the needs and reduce some stress they might be experiencing,” she said.
PVCC provides access to an array of opportunities in a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for our students, employees, and community members.We pride ourselves on embracing equity, engagement, inclusion, and innovation; we seek to continuously improve our campus culture through diverse identities, expertise, and perspectives; and are committed to creating engaging relationships that inspire and support all learners to increase their capacity for personal growth and positive social change.
Check out PVCC’s DEIE calendar of events for more information.