By Indira Midha
On Monday, October 23, I attended the free “Lunch on Us” program put on by the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). “Lunch on Us” is a program that the university’s cultural houses, the women’s resource center, and the LGBT resource center put on. Every day of the week, there is a free lunch at one of these locations accompanied by a talk or presentation having to do with each center’s area of specialization. Since October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the talk was given by Lisa Little of Courage Connection here in Champaign.
The organization helps victims of domestic violence, but Lisa specifically talked about her role as a court advocate for victims. She talked about different resources available to the community, court cases that the center had statistical information on domestic violence in the United States, how to support a survivor, and so much more. I learned a lot from this short presentation and I think it was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge as an ally. I learned so many new ways in which I can be a helpful supporter to survivors of domestic violence. It was also nice to get some free rice, beans, and mac and cheese to chow down on while listening.
I recommend checking out different “Lunch on Us” programs because it’s a nice way to learn about topics that are applicable in everyday life (and useful to have knowledge on) in an informal setting. The lunches take place every day from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. and their schedule can be found here: https://oiir.illinois.edu/events/lunch/fall2017
Contact Lisa Little: (217) 239-3822 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the Domestic Violence Hotline: (217) 384-4390
Photograph with Lisa Little was provided by the author.