I never thought that when I joined my Statistics class this semester that it would leave a lasting impression on me, in more ways than one. My professor, Nancy Bealusio, asked us during the second week of class whether some of us would be interested in volunteering our time for her REDay project. As a freshman I was unaware of REDay and the amazing impact it has on our university as a whole. REDay took place on April 14th, and it was the fifth annual event. This day devoted to research and engagement consists of projects presented by a multitude of people, from faculty and professors, to graduate and undergraduate students. Classes are cancelled on this day, which grants participants the time they need to present their projects.
Throughout the weeks leading up to the big day, the fourteen volunteers that signed up for Professor B’s REDay project could be found preparing for it. We were working alongside the volunteers of the Katie Brown Educational Program. This program is to honor the memory of Katie Brown, a young woman that was killed by her abusive boyfriend. Their mission is to educate and prevent sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. They travel around to different schools and campuses teaching individuals what consent actually means, and how to prevent these awful crimes from happening. What our statistics class was doing, was creating a survey that would show the Katie Brown Educators whether their intervention was changing the way people thought of abuse. We were taking what we were learning in class and applying it to a real world problem, which was helping all of us understand the material even better.
We became properly trained in how to give the Katie Brown intervention, and held a session for it. Around seventy students showed up on this fateful Wednesday, much to our disbelief. We had hoped that we would gain a decent sized audience, but it turned out to be bigger than we ever expected. We administered a pre-survey to the students that came and then a post survey in hopes that there would be a different between their answers. Thankfully there was a difference, a bigger statistical significance than we had ever hoped for. We were now more than prepared for the even bigger day—REDay.
I don’t think the velocity of what we were presenting hit us until REDay. The content of what we were talking about truly came over us, and we saw the impact he had on other faculty members. As a freshman I knew this was an especial honor to have already been a part of something like this. It showed us that we could really make a difference on this campus, and possibly beyond this. It’s days like REDay that set Bryant apart from all of the rest.