Friday, April 17, 2015, is considered Day of Silence, which is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying, and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT.
The student organization SPECTRUM at MSUM will be tabling on Wednesday and Thursday in the CMU to promote awareness and encouraging students to sign the pledge to be silent on Friday. Any student pledging silence is encouraged to talk to their instructors ahead of time, letting them know that they have pledged to be silent and ask if it would be okay to communicate in writing. However, students need to be aware that they need to speak if called on in class.