Instead of flowers or chocolates, students at Plaza College celebrated Valentine’s Day by raising awareness about domestic violence.
On February 14, students at the Jackson Heights college sold sweets and raffled off prizes to raise money for Safe Horizons, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence by providing counseling, mentoring and assistance with finding jobs and homes as part of VDAY, a global initiative to end violence against women.
In the past, Plaza College celebrated VDAY with poetry competitions and performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” a play typically performed on Valentine’s Day that contains a series of stories about the feminine experience. This year, several on-campus organizations teamed up to expand the event.
“We have never done it this big before,” said Zahid Razack, chair of the Student Affairs Committee at Plaza College. “We decided to go a little larger so I decided to make it a little better and get a little more involved. We’re trying to raise as much money as we can.”
Razack said he hoped the event would raise more than $2,500 for Safe Horizons, which is located in the same building as Plaza College.