FHSU men swapping sneakers for heels
The sixth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, sponsored by the Interfraternity Council at Fort Hays State University, will be Monday. For the first year, partial proceeds will go to Jana's Campaign, a local organization dedicated to combatting gender-based violence.
Walk a Mile attempts to bring attention to gender-based violence by having men walk 1 mile in women's shoes.
"The event consists of guys literally walking a mile in her shoes," said Kyle Mayor, IFC president. "We just want to bring attention to the problem because it's one of those issues that's out of sight, out of mind."
Options Domestic & Sexual Violence Service also will receive part of the proceeds.
"Since we're supporting two organizations now," Mayor said, "we want to go the extra distance to make sure we're giving a good amount to both."
Registration to walk is $15, and the IFC will be selling T-shirts to raise extra money.
Christie Brungardt, founder of Jana's Campaign and assistant professor of Leadership Studies, said she and her husband Curt have been involved in the event for three years, but this is the first year they are receiving proceeds.
"Because we've been speaking and are very actively involved in this work," she said, referring to the reason this is the first year Jana's Campaign has received part of the proceeds. "We're more visible now and more people are knowing about the work we do."
Curt Brungardt, Omer G. Voss distinguished professor of Leadership Studies, has walked in past events.
"Some of those guys (in the leadership department) taught in their heels all day long," she said.
Mayor participated in the event last year for the first time.
"The experience was different than I imagined," he said. "Typically guys try to run the last leg. That was a lot of fun because you see the interesting expressions on the guys' faces."
Approximately 30 men are registered for Walk a Mile, set for 6 p.m. Monday. The event is free to attend. Due to the prediction of inclement weather, the event will be in FHSU's Memorial Union.
For more information, call the Center for Student Involvement at (785) 628-4664.