Alpha Chi Omega Pledges "Don't Look Away"

Alpha Chi Omega Pledges "Don't Look Away"

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The Alpha Chi Omega chapter at University of Nebraska

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 9:40am

CAMPAIGN: A Commitment to Ending Domestic Violence


Today's blog post is from Leah Miller, chapter president of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Nebraska. Mary Kay partners with Alpha Chi Omega chapters at universities along the Beauty 101 Tour as both organizations have made a commitment to end domestic violence and promote healthy relationships. Leah and her classmates recently joined Mary Kay staff to educate students about the importance of healthy relationships and spread awareness about abuse prevention resources. We sat down with Leah to get a student's perspective of the tour and its impact on campus.

What did you think of the Beauty 101 Tour? Tell us a little bit about your experience.

The Beauty 101 Tour was a great experience, and the University of Nebraska Lincoln was lucky to be a part of it.  Promoting domestic violence awareness and receiving makeovers? Yes please! We were all impressed, not only with the logistics of the event, but the purpose behind it as well.  A few girls mentioned that they wished we had more events like this on campus!

Did you try any Mary Kay products?  What did you think?

You better believe I went to every single one of those makeup stations!  Some of my favorites were the "Color Me Coral" Mary Kay® True Dimensions® Lipstick, the Mary Kay® Oil Mattifier and the Mary Kay At PlayTM Triple Layer Tinted Balm.  I am usually too scared to try anything different than my normal makeup routine, but I fell in love with those products.

At the tour, you and the other volunteers asked students to take a pledge, sign their name and promise not to look away from abuse. How did most people respond?

When I saw the pledge board at the beginning of the day, it was blank white and I was hoping that women would respond well.  When I came back to the event later in the day, that board was completely filled!  Overall, I was just thrilled to see so many women taking the pledge to not look away from abuse.  It is definitely not an easy topic to discuss so it was awesome that everyone seemed so willing to sign their name.

Like Mary Kay, Alpha Chi Omega has a commitment to ending domestic violence. How do you see that commitment brought to life in your chapter?

Alpha Chi Omega prides itself on the belief of women helping women.  Whenever we can inform others about domestic violence and the resources available, that is how we begin to make a difference.  I see that same commitment and determination in Mary Kay's efforts to get the word about resources into communities. The text for help line is a great resource that Mary Kay is the lead sponsor for. I learned at the event it's easy-if you or someone you know needs help, just text "loveis" to 22522. Mary Kay is giving another side, a more hopeful side, to a topic that can be really hard for people to talk about.   

One in three young women will experience dating abuse. That number is pretty shocking to most people, how does it make you feel?

I'm also shocked.  Yes, that is a statistic and a number, but more importantly those are people.  It's heartbreaking.  No one ever deserves to experience abuse.  My wish is that the work that Alpha Chi Omega, Mary Kay and others on the front line of this issue can change that statistic for the future.   

Though she is from Illinois, Leah Miller was raised a Husker fan and couldn't imagine a better place to go to school than the University of Nebraska. As a Secondary English Education senior, Leah is looking forward to life after graduation as a high school English teacher.