Five students in the Human Services and Pre-Education programs at Iowa Lakes Community College recently attended the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) Student Day at the capitol.
The day featured opportunities for both activism and education. In a preparation session, attendees learned how to talk to legislators and also about dating violence and the legal system. Later, students and ICADV staff met with legislators about an important bill that includes dating violence in the Iowa criminal code.
“The students in attendance had never been to the capitol before,” stated Amy VerMulm, Assistant Professor and program coordinator. “They were eager to be involved, and put their classroom education regarding advocacy for clients to work in a real-life setting.”
Since the visit, students have learned that the new bill has sponsors and is in subcommittee waiting for a vote.
The Human Services and Disability Studies Program is a two-year program at the Estherville Campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. The program provides students with a variety of experiences which can focus on a number of areas in the helping professions. For more information, visit www.iowalakes.edu
Alma Osorio, Jana Chase, Alexia Spencer, Vanessa Carreon, Carla Barrera