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BC Bystander Intervention to Host Open Mic Night at McMullen Museum

On Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 PM, Bystander Intervention will kick off Halloween weekend with an Open Mic Night hosted at the McMullen Museum of Art. The Open Mic will feature and draw representation from all corners of campus, such as FACES, an anti-racism organization that educates students on race and power, the Sharps, Boston College's all-women a cappella group, the BAIC, also known as the Thea Bowman AHANA Intercultural Center, and more. With bold black lettering against pumpkin-orange paper, posters around campus advertised the Open Mic with the recurring statement, “healing doesn’t have to be scary.” 

Bystander Intervention is a group within the Boston College Women’s Center that stands to prevent sexual violence, support survivors of sexual violence, and promote equality and justice for all. Within Bystander Intervention exists the Advocacy Team, which bring to life Bystander Intervention’s mission to “empower Boston College students to stand up and speak out against instances of sexual assault” through speaker events, educational presentations, and healing gatherings, such as the Open Mic. 

Bystander Advocacy Team member Sydney Fosnick Davis, MCAS ‘23, helped coordinate and organize the Open Mic. “Healing is far-reaching,” she said. “It is really important to recognize that just as oppression operates through intersectionality, so too does true, deep healing.” 

Fosnick Davis reflected on the subjective definition of “healing” and how that can look different for anyone. “What is healing is different for everyone. That is why the event is ‘open.’”

The Halloween holiday is situated right in the middle of the fall semester, and is one of the biggest party weekends of the year. The timing of Bystander’s Open Mic Night sets up the weekend to be one of awareness and healing amidst parties and social events, where instances of sexual violence are more likely to occur. In Fosnick Davis’s words, Bystander Intervention’s hope is that “people who attend or perform at the event can find connection, solidarity, processing, inner peace (which can include grief!), and love.”

For questions about the Bystander Open Mic Night, please contact Sydney Fosnick Davis at fosnickd@bc.edu or women@bc.edu.

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