Helping to raise awareness of dating violence and relationship abuse, Residence Life recently sponsored a door decorating contest throughout its 52 on-campus residences as part of Rutgers University’s annual Turn the Campus Purple Week.

Created in 2013 by graduate interns at the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA), Turn the Campus Purple is a way to connect the student body, survivors, advocates, organizations, faculty, and staff to the common purpose of raising awareness and support around dating violence.

From October 9-13, Turn the Campus Purple sponsored events in conjunction with several campus partners culminating in the It’s On Us Rally at the College Avenue Gymnasium featuring former Vice President Joe Biden. Other programs included, SCREAM Theater, Wear Your Purple Day, Chalk the Block, a Candle Light Vigil, and an Ally Week lecture co-sponsored by the Center for Social Justice Education featuring Franchesca Ramsey.

Throughout the week, individuals and departments were encouraged to turn physical and personal spaces purple to connect the university community together as one that will not tolerate violence and abuse.

Doing its part, Residence Life sponsored a door decorating contest for residents in hall, suite, and apartment spaces. Below are a list of this year’s individual door decoration as well last lobby decoration winners. For more information about Turn Your Campus Purple Week and the End Sexual Violence Now Campaign, please visit the VPVA website.

College Avenue Campus
1st Place – Jennifer Chilito (Sojourner Truth Apts)
2nd Place – Wamia Siddiqui and Zaynab Khan (Honors College)
3rd Place – Queencia Zhang and Chenghui Jiang (Honors College)
Lobby Winner: Sojourner Truth Apartments

Busch Campus
1st Place- Sonam Parikh and Meghan Mychajliw (Barr Hall)
2nd Place- Shruti Patel and Jainee Patel (B.E.S.T. Hall)
3rd Place- Lesly Perez and Manisha Bandari (B.E.S.T. Hall)
Lobby Winner: Busch Residence Life Office

Livingston Campus
1st Place – Harry Cross, Andrew Bartl, Brandon Baker, Tommy Kusnierz (Livingston Apts)
Lobby Winner: Livingston Apartments