The University of Scranton Programing Board (USPB) is raising awareness for relationship violence.
USPB wants to help students learn the signs and red flags of dating and relationship violence. The Operation Red Flag Football tournament is from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 4 on the Dionne Green.
Sophomore Ashley Hill is a co-chair of USPB Mission and Identity.
“Dating violence and relationship violence is a really prevalent issue on college campuses,” Hill said.
Operation Red Flag will educate students about dating and relationship violence and give help to those who may be going through this or have experienced it in the past.
Students can get involved by signing up in teams of at least seven people. Teams can sign up during USPB table sits Monday and Tuesday and Oct. 1 and 2.
USPB and the Jane Kopas Women’s Center are working together to make students aware of relationship and dating violence. Flag football is a way to bring different people together in a fun way to raise awareness.
Sophomore Farrah Qadri, USPB’s other co-chair for Mission and Identity, says the flag football idea is a play on words.
“The whole point of flag football is you are not actually tackling anyone. The whole point is to get the message across in a nonviolent way, so you are pulling the flags off,” Qadri said.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Relationship violence is something college campuses face but is not often spoken about.
Royal Harmony and Men and Women for Octaves will perform at Operation Red Flag, and the dance team will perform as ell. A DJ will also provide music for the night. There will be raffles and food avaiable to those who attend.
Hill and Qadri encourage students to come out and support the teams and performance groups even if they do not play in Operation Red Flag.