4 women, standing.
Thanks to the dedicated staff at the Hostos Health and Wellness Center, the campus celebrated Denim Day for the first time in the A-Atrium on May 3 through various art pieces created by students and with the help of Adjunct Lecturer Alida Camacho. While the international day that encourages people to wear denim in order to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault is traditionally held on April 27, Hostos held the event a week later to allow students returning from Spring Break to participate.

The event was highlighted by a special reception hosted by Fabian Wander, Director of the Hostos Health and Wellness Center, and attended by Hostos President David Gómez, and many other faculty and administrators. To spread the word about the importance of combatting sexual violence, the entire campus was also encouraged to wear denim and information tables created by students were made available.

denim pants pocket, designed.

Wander said the goal of the event was to make students, staff and faculty aware of their rights, the resources available on campus and to feel supported.

“Denim Day at Hostos focused on bringing awareness of the occurrence of sexual violence in our community and internationally,” Wander said. “We decided to also incorporate student art as a medium to engage the community in a conversation about this very important issue.”

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique Student Success Coaching Unit provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.