Every Spring, the Greek Life Office teams up with a handful of sororities and fraternities, the Campus Violence Prevention Program, and Student Housing to present the Clothesline Project to the rest of the University and city communities. The Clothesline Project is a program started in Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to raise awareness of sexual violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence, as well as their supporters, to express their emotions by decorating a blank t-shirt. These t-shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a testimony to the problem of sexual violence.
So far, more than 300 t-shirts have been decorated, with more added every year. See below for images and information about previous Clothesline Project displays. The 2013 Clothesline Project will take place in April 2013. Check back on this page in February 2013 for more details.
2012 Clothesline Project
In 2012, three different Greek organizations teamed up with the Greek Life Office to present the Clothesline Project: Chi Omega and Kappa Alpha Theta women's fraternities, and Alpha Epsilon Pi men's fraternity. The shirts were displayed in the Segundao Area of Student Housing as well as on the Quad leading up to the annual Take Back the Night event. Several dozen new shirts were decorated and added to the display.
2011 Clothesline Project
2011 was the second year that the annual Clothesline Project display was coordinated by the Greek Life Office. Eight Greek organizations volunteered to help out - Alpha Epsilon Pi men's fraternity, Alpha Pi Sigma Latina interest sorority , Kappa Psi Epsilon Filipina interest sorority, Phi Kappa Psi men's fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi Jewish interest sorority, Sigma Alpha Zeta multicultural sorority, Sigma Omega Nu Latina interest sorority, and Kappa Alpha Theta women's fraternity. 2011 also marked the first year that the Clothesline Project was scheduled in conjunction with Take Back the Night, an evening event and solidarity walk that also raisees awareness of sexual violence against women.