An estimated one in five women will be victims of sexual assault during their college years. A Traveling Postcards Workshop is a healing arts workshop that gives voice and comfort to survivors of gender violence. The 90-minute workshop is fun, non- threatening and deeply moving. Workshops are held in coordination with professional counselors, victim advocates, sexual assault response coordinators and community leaders. Traveling Postcard workshops are also an excellent tool for advocacy and promoting gender equality on college campuses. We bring our workshop (and postcards!) to campuses across the nation and can train your counselors to become workshop facilitators to best integrate the workshop into your prevention programs.How to Get Involved
Traveling Postcards welcomes all voices to be heard. We know that sexual violence can impact everyone, regardless of sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, faith or socio-economic status.
As with all our workshops, postcards will carry voices of compassion and resistance-
this time traveling from campus to campus nationwide!
“The Traveling Postcards workshop was an amazing, empowering and transformative experience. It was an incredibly safe space, where I felt supported and empowered to use my trauma to give support to other survivors. Through this workshop I was able to more clearly identify my own feelings around my assault. I also left feeling incredibly empowered, having given a future survivor a gift of love and encouragement.” Student participant, University of Virginia
“I keep finding nuggets of hope in what seem like my least hopeful times–for me, the Traveling Postcards workshop was one of those shining moments. I appreciated, with my entire heart, the ability to take a few minutes to sit and work in peaceful concentration on a postcard for someone I can relate to without even knowing. It reminded me how unique and common the human experience is. It reminded me that, no matter how much it may feel that I am, I am not alone in this world. This workshop reminded me what it means to step back and take a breath, it showed me how much my lungs miss the oxygen when I guard myself, as I have a tendency to do. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this amazingly transformative experience and share in the warmth, light, and joy of those around me.” Student participant, University of Virginia
“This was a unique experience for students and one which I think will stay will them for a long time. The students who participated seemed to put a great deal of thought and reflection in the discussion about their postcards at the end – it was clear they felt a strong connection to the survivors who will one day receive these gifts.” University of South Carolina
Benefits for College Counselors, Directors & Administrators
- Traveling Postcards can be a lifeline: Speeds reporting process, fills gap between incident & reporting.
- A great advocacy tool to raise awareness and share resources & information across campus.
- Workshops can be integrated within multiple departments.
- Workshops provide access to the global issue of violence against women.
- Provides an additional tool for counselors to use for healing trauma and creating empathy.
- Innovative approach to sharing resources and connections between college counselors on multiple college campuses.
- Increased student retention.
- Positive reflection of school on social media.
- Healing for healers that aids with burnout.
Specific Opportunities for workshop days:
1st year students & freshman orientation days
International Women’s Day
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Campus wide events
Athletics, Student Clubs and Organizations
Benefits for Students
Over 40% of 1st year female students experience sexual assault before getting to campus.
A Traveling Postcards Workshop can:
- Inform: Younger students don’t have words for rape, dating violence, don’t understand how trauma is impacting their lives.
- Heal old wounds, build resiliency, prevent re-victimization.
- Create a transformative experience: Helps move student from state of trauma into future empowerment.
- Provide a safe space to explore self expression and self acceptance.
- Raise awareness of gender inequality around the world.
- Create empathy.
- Utilize creativity for healing and self awareness.
- Create connections to other survivors, support and resources.