Campus sexual violence bill heads to governor’s desk for signature

Legislation aimed at addressing the growing incidence of campus sexual violence passed the House and now heads to the governor’s desk for final approval.

Senate Bill 5518, sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, would establish a uniform process for investigations and disciplinary proceedings related to sexual violence at institutions of higher education.
The bill also mandates campus violence assessments to gauge the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. Institutions would report their findings and include plans to conduct sexual violence awareness campaigns.

“I am particularly disturbed when I hear about young college students who have been sexually assaulted,” said Kohl-Welles. “Just as disturbing is hearing how many of them feel voiceless, fear retaliation and don’t know where to turn for help after the assault. I have introduced this legislation to give victims a voice and to promote a campus environment that works hard to prevent assaults.”

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Neighborhood Matching Fund hosts free workshops for community groups

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF), a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting workshops for community groups interested in learning about the city’s popular Small and Simple Projects Fund. The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects.

Each workshop includes an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NMFWorkshop.

The dates are:
· Wednesday, April 22; 6 – 8 p.m. at Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St. – Multipurpose Room
· Tuesday, April 28; 6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S – Room 106
· Thursday, May 14; 6 – 8 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE – Multipurpose Room

To learn about the Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m., but be sure to register now to apply. There will be one more opportunity to apply to the Small and Simple Projects Fund in October.

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Ballard High School filmmaker wins national arts award

The National YoungArts Foundation has awarded Coleman Andersen an Honorable Mention in Cinematic Arts in recognition of the “exceptional artistic achievement” evident in his work.

The YoungArts program identifies and supports young talent in the areas of music, theater, visual arts, photography, writing, and cinematic arts (motion picture). Coleman’s production was selected for honors from more than 11,000 submissions nationwide through a blind adjudication process by a nationally and internationally renowned panel of judges, master teachers, and artists.

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