Sisters on the Runway-UMass Division

Sisters on the Runway-UMass Division A University of Massachusetts Amherst Registered Student Organization
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Sisters on the Runway- UMass Division is officially the third branch under the national organization which was founded in 2005 in Montclair, New Jersey. SotR was founded in September 2010 as a registered student organization upon the University of Massachusetts campus. SotR- UMass Division will be producing our 8th annual student run benefit fashion show in April of 2018. Proceeds will be donated to Safe Passage, a local domestic violence shelter in Northampton, MA.

Mission: Sisters on the Runway, SotR, is a national organization that inspires students to raise awareness for victims and survivors of domestic violence by producing a fashion show that involves their school and local community. All proceeds raised are donated to a local domestic violence shelter chosen by the students themselves. To find out how you can get involved in the University of Massachusetts send us an email at [email protected] SotR will be donating their proceeds from the event to Safe Passage in Northampton, MA.

Safe Passage
04/13/2020
Safe Passage

Safe Passage

Today in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, our executive director, Marianne Winters, highlights the increased risks for survivors of domestic violence during quarantine and how we can help.

"As we all focus on ways to keep our communities safer, let’s not overlook those for whom more time at home is dangerous — not just frustrating. We must be aware of, and ready to support the survivors in our midst."

A reminder that you are not alone during these tough times. Please utilize these hotlines if you need it. 💜
04/06/2020
When Staying Home isn't Safe | Safe Passage

A reminder that you are not alone during these tough times. Please utilize these hotlines if you need it. 💜

Need to talk? Safe Passage’s Hotline is available 24/7: (413)586-5066 OR Toll-Free: (888)345-5282 | Safe Passage provides emergency shelter in a confidential location, for the safety of our guests. Community services include counseling, advocacy, peer support, and legal services, offered at our of...

Thank you for covering our event UMASS Amherst Voices! And a huge thank you to everyone who made it a success 💜💜https://...
03/11/2020
UMass Sisters on the Runway: Raising Awareness for Domestic Violence Prevention Through Fashion

Thank you for covering our event UMASS Amherst Voices! And a huge thank you to everyone who made it a success 💜💜

https://www.umassamherstvoices.com/post/umass-sisters-on-the-runway-raising-awareness-for-domestic-violence-prevention-through-fashion

At UMass, Sisters on the Runway is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual fashion show raising proceeds for Safe Passage, a domestic violence help center in Northampton MA. “The mission of Sisters on the Runway is to raise awareness and to offer resources, but make sure women still have co...

10th Annual Benefit Fashion Show
03/06/2020

10th Annual Benefit Fashion Show

March 1st, 2020. Thank you to everyone who supported us this year! We couldn't have done it without you.

Details from our 10th Annual Benefit Fashion Show! Thank you to our amazing photographers Phoebe Father, Madison Palmer,...
03/06/2020

Details from our 10th Annual Benefit Fashion Show! Thank you to our amazing photographers Phoebe Father, Madison Palmer, and Charles Markella.

This is Gabriella Dias. She is SOTR’s Head Marketer. She’s a senior majoring in Anthropology. “I fell in love with SOTR ...
02/29/2020

This is Gabriella Dias. She is SOTR’s Head Marketer. She’s a senior majoring in Anthropology. “I fell in love with SOTR message as soon as I heard about it. It’s so important to educate people on domestic violence since it’s an issue that many people experience. Being apart of this organization is one of the best things I did at my four years here at UMass.”

Meet Fiona Hanlon, a Fashion Director for SOTR. She’s a sophomore majoring in Marketing. “I joined Sisters on the runway...
02/29/2020

Meet Fiona Hanlon, a Fashion Director for SOTR. She’s a sophomore majoring in Marketing. “I joined Sisters on the runway because I thought that the fashion show was a really creative way to do something for a good cause. I love being part of a group full of confident young women that inspire me to be better and do better.”

This is Mehak Sharma, an Event Coordinator for SOTR. She’s a sophomore majoring in Finance.  “Domestic violence is an is...
02/28/2020

This is Mehak Sharma, an Event Coordinator for SOTR. She’s a sophomore majoring in Finance.
“Domestic violence is an issue that doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves. Coming from a culture where it has been normalized to an extent, I felt like I need to do my part in order to fight it, and SOTR seemed like the right place to begin.”

Meet one of SOTR’s Fashion Directors, Shinju Zhang! She’s a freshman majoring in Biomedical Engineering. “I joined Siste...
02/27/2020

Meet one of SOTR’s Fashion Directors, Shinju Zhang! She’s a freshman majoring in Biomedical Engineering. “I joined Sisters on the Runway because domestic violence is very normalized in my culture. I want to raise awareness about how domestic violence comes in many different forms. I love that we are supporting that cause through fashion shows where everyone can show their individuality and confidence. It is a powerful way to raise awareness and money for the cause.”

Be sure to come to the Fashion Show THIS SUNDAY!!!! Remember that all proceeds from the event are donated to the shelter...
02/27/2020

Be sure to come to the Fashion Show THIS SUNDAY!!!! Remember that all proceeds from the event are donated to the shelter in Northampton called Safe Passage. Help bring awareness to Domestic Violence! 💜🖤

Monica Pabla is one of SOTR Fashion Directors! She is a senior majoring in Public Health. “I wanted to be involved on ca...
02/27/2020

Monica Pabla is one of SOTR Fashion Directors! She is a senior majoring in Public Health. “I wanted to be involved on campus and ended up falling in love with SOTR’s  initiative and determination to fight against domestic violence while helping vulnerable populations.”

Joy-Divine Richardson is an Event Coordinator for SOTR! She’s a junior majoring in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies & So...
02/26/2020

Joy-Divine Richardson is an Event Coordinator for SOTR! She’s a junior majoring in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies & Sociology.
“I joined Sisters On The Runway to help bring awareness and inform others of the dangers of normalizing domestic violence in our communities. “

Introducing Meghana Nair! She is one of our Fashion Directors. She’s a sophomore majoring in biochemistry and molecular ...
02/26/2020

Introducing Meghana Nair! She is one of our Fashion Directors. She’s a sophomore majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology as well as psych on the neuroscience track. “I joined sisters on the runway because it stands for an important cause that we don’t think about enough, even though domestic violence is all around us more than we think.”

Meet Isabelle Hanley an Event Coordinator for SOTR. She is a freshman majoring in Public Health. “I joined to be part of...
02/25/2020

Meet Isabelle Hanley an Event Coordinator for SOTR. She is a freshman majoring in Public Health. “I joined to be part of a community that promotes awareness for this extremely important and often overlooked issue that does so through supporting and empowering women in our community!”

Meet SOTR’s Treasurer! This is Yama Estimé and she is a sophomore majoring in Sociology. “I joined SOTR because I believ...
02/23/2020

Meet SOTR’s Treasurer! This is Yama Estimé and she is a sophomore majoring in Sociology. “I joined SOTR because I believe that I can make a change in my community that I’m in. I feel like domestic violence is never talked about and this is something that’s very important because in my culture domestic violence happens a lot, and I just feel like with me talking and being a voice for people who do not have a voice, then I can make a difference.”

This is Hasini Jayawardena, and Event Coordinator for SOTR. She is a junior majoring in Sociology and Political Science....
02/21/2020

This is Hasini Jayawardena, and Event Coordinator for SOTR. She is a junior majoring in Sociology and Political Science.
“I joined Sisters on the Runway because it sickens me how commonplace and normal Violence against women is, especially but not limited to Domestic Violence. So many people, especially in the South Asian Diaspora that I am aware of, tolerate physical, sexual, emotional, mental, financial and other forms of abuse and are too scared and ashamed to talk about it. Of course this isn’t just a women’s rights issue but affects people throughout the spectrum of gender and age and sexuality. No one should have to suffer, especially not in silence.”

Hope to see everyone come out to support domestic violence survivors! All proceeds from the show will go the Safe Passag...
02/20/2020

Hope to see everyone come out to support domestic violence survivors! All proceeds from the show will go the Safe Passage shelter in Northampton. There will be food, drinks, entertainment and more! 💜🖤

With the show coming up, let’s introduce some of the fabulous ladies that help make the show possible! 💜This is Saheli P...
02/19/2020

With the show coming up, let’s introduce some of the fabulous ladies that help make the show possible! 💜This is Saheli Pujari, our SOTR President. She is a junior majoring in Operations and Informational Management. “I joined Sisters on the Runway because three generations of women in my family have suffered from domestic violence. It’s time to end the cycle and it starts with us.”

Save the date! Hope to see everyone there on March 1st! 💜
02/14/2020

Save the date! Hope to see everyone there on March 1st! 💜

Make sure to come to our GB meeting next Thursday!! #relationships #safespace #valentinesday
02/04/2020

Make sure to come to our GB meeting next Thursday!! #relationships #safespace #valentinesday

Please email us if you have any questions or if you are interested!!! 💜
01/27/2020

Please email us if you have any questions or if you are interested!!! 💜

A big thank you to everyone who donated to our UMASS Minute Fund and those who supported us at our event at Amherst Coff...
12/25/2019

A big thank you to everyone who donated to our UMASS Minute Fund and those who supported us at our event at Amherst Coffee and Bar!
Wishing you all a Happy Holiday!

On Saturday some of our E-board members volunteered in the annual Hot Chocolate Run! Take a look at some photos captured...
12/09/2019

On Saturday some of our E-board members volunteered in the annual Hot Chocolate Run! Take a look at some photos captured during this awesome event! ☕️🍫

There is still a couple days left to donate! Any bit helps! 💜
12/04/2019

There is still a couple days left to donate! Any bit helps! 💜

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are partnering with the MinuteFund to raise money for our 10th Annual Benefit Fashion Show in support of Safe Passage. Every cent from the show goes directly to helping and supporting domestic violence survivors. Donate today! Any amount can help make a difference.

https://minutefund.umass.edu/SOTR2020

Save the date on December 7th! Come out to Amherst Coffee and Bar to help support SOTR! Hope to see you there 💜
11/22/2019

Save the date on December 7th! Come out to Amherst Coffee and Bar to help support SOTR! Hope to see you there 💜

11/19/2019
Haven't donated yet? Not a problem! There are still 4 days left to contribute to our MinuteFund campaign. These donation...
11/18/2019

Haven't donated yet? Not a problem! There are still 4 days left to contribute to our MinuteFund campaign. These donations are critical to the success of our show and we are almost half-way to our goal. Please keeping donating. Every cent makes difference. And thank you to all our donors so far.

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are partnering with the MinuteFund to raise money for our 10th Annual Benefit Fashion Show in support of Safe Passage. Every cent from the show goes directly to helping and supporting domestic violence survivors. Donate today! Any amount can help make a difference.

https://minutefund.umass.edu/SOTR2020

There is still time to help us reach our goal!! Any bit helps!!https://minutefund.umass.edu/SOTR2020
11/12/2019

There is still time to help us reach our goal!! Any bit helps!!

https://minutefund.umass.edu/SOTR2020

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are partnering with the MinuteFund to raise money for our 10th Annual Benefit Fashion Show in support of Safe Passage. Every cent from the show goes directly to helping and supporting domestic violence survivors. Donate today! Any amount can help make a difference.

https://minutefund.umass.edu/SOTR2020

Have you donated yet? ONLY 18 DAYS LEFT! Donate if you can! Any amount helps!https://minutefund.umass.edu/SOTR2020
11/04/2019

Have you donated yet? ONLY 18 DAYS LEFT! Donate if you can! Any amount helps!

https://minutefund.umass.edu/SOTR2020

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are partnering with the MinuteFund to raise money for our 10th Annual Benefit Fashion Show in support of Safe Passage. Every cent from the show goes directly to helping and supporting domestic violence survivors. Donate today! Any amount can help make a difference.

https://minutefund.umass.edu/SOTR2020

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are partnering with the MinuteFund to raise money for our 10th Annual ...
10/21/2019

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are partnering with the MinuteFund to raise money for our 10th Annual Benefit Fashion Show in support of Safe Passage. Every cent from the show goes directly to helping and supporting domestic violence survivors. Donate today! Any amount can help make a difference.

https://minutefund.umass.edu/SOTR2020

We were honored to have Sara from Safe Passage meet with us today. The training was very informational and interactive. ...
10/20/2019
Safe Passage

We were honored to have Sara from Safe Passage meet with us today. The training was very informational and interactive. Such an amazing experience!

We are excited to be joining our friends, the Sisters on the Runway-UMass Division, this evening! Every year, this highly stylish group of folks puts on a fashion show to benefit Safe Passage. And tonight, we will be visiting them to offer a training on domestic violence and how they can support survivors in their community.

Interested in hosting us for a training to learn more about domestic violence? Request a program from our staff by filling out this form on our website. #1Thing #DVAM #ItTakesACommunity

Don’t forget to come to our GB meeting Tuesday, October 22 from 7-8:30 in Herter 205!!! Hope to see everyone there💜
10/16/2019

Don’t forget to come to our GB meeting Tuesday, October 22 from 7-8:30 in Herter 205!!! Hope to see everyone there💜

This Saturday, our E-Board members participated in Mass Impact day! Here are some photos of us gardening and staining pa...
10/06/2019

This Saturday, our E-Board members participated in Mass Impact day! Here are some photos of us gardening and staining patio furniture with Cancer Connection!

#massimpact

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Amherst, MA
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Our 2018-2019 Team! President: Claudlyne Bernaus Co-Vice President(s): Emely Betancourt & Quiearah Cook Event Coordinator(s): Claire Healy Fashion Director(s): Jordana Townsend & Priya Bikkani Marketing Director(s): Emma Friedlander If you are interested in becoming involved, please send us an email at: ***[email protected]*** We are always looking for new members!! You can "CC" your emails to one below if your inquiry or question is related. Fashion/Models: [email protected] Events: [email protected]

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“In 2005, at Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey, three friends Elizabeth Eddy, Gabriela Graham, and Juliana Colangelo founded the Sisters on the Runway. They started this organization in hopes of raising awareness about domestic violence and how to prevent it. Eddy, Graham, and Colangelo thought of a way to fundraise for a local domestic violence shelter through the production of an annual fashion show. Since it’s founding, the original high school branch has hosted 6 fashion shows to benefit their local domestic violence shelter, Shelter Our Sisters in Hackensack, New Jersey [as of 2013].

Domestic violence often goes unnoticed and does not receive enough support or recognition from the media and society at large. According to the Joyful Heart Foundation, one in four women will be affected by domestic violence in her lifetime and that this issue has become the leading cause of injury to women. In an effort to change these odds, Sisters on the Runway was created to teach students the importance of social responsibility through the production of an exciting event open to their friends, family, and local community members. The organization offers a format for high school and college level students to design and execute their own fundraisers. This show brings people together for a night of fashion, entertainment, and fun, while the organization is substantially raising awareness of an overlooked issue and is initiating a conversation to spark advocacy.”

Revised May 7, 2013 Christine Cummings


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17 years ago this weekend I finally broke free from a toxic friend who wouldn't take no for an answer. He walked by the flea market snack bar where my then boyfriend and I were sharing kettle corn and saw us together. I yelled "get a life" at him, taunting him about how he could no longer control me anymore. The very next day, he sent me an e-mail accusing me of being "self-centered and manipulative" and threatened bodily harm if I ever watched TV or listed to rock bands again.