March 08, 2011

>Day of Silence Organizer #1: Getting Started

>The Day of Silence, Friday, April 15, is fast approaching and it's time to get organizing! Each week we'll post tips to help you plan your Day of Silence activities.

Goals for March 8-12

While anyone can participate in the Day of Silence as in individual, if you're planning a bigger activity it helps if you work with a team! We recommend you start planning for your Day of Silence activities at least six weeks before the event if you haven’t already. For this week focus on laying the groundwork for your organizing.

  • Register: CLICK HERE to register your participation in the Day of Silence. If you're already registered, make sure to update your address on www.studentorganizing.org so we can send you free DOS products.
  • Gather Information: Find resources HERE to help you start your planning.
  • Find Support: Discuss your participation with the advisor of your GSA or student club, or another trusted faculty member.
  • Get Permission: Your Day of Silence is likely to be more successful if the school approves of your activities. Research and follow the proper protocol for approving an activity at your school. Ask your supportive staff member to help. Check out the Day of Silence Organizing Manual for tips on how to get permission.
  • Build a Team: Find peers who want to contribute. Talk to members of your GSA and/or other allies. Tell them about the Day of Silence and ask if they would be interested in getting involved.
  • Schedule for next week: Make sure to schedule a team meeting with your supportive faculty member and interested students for the upcoming week to keep making progress!

If you have any questions or ideas, or if you want to tell us what you’re planning for your Day of Silence please email us at info@dayofsilence.org.

And don't forget to join the conversation on the Day of Silence Facebook Page and @DayofSilence on Twitter.

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