UB Bulls football coach and team members will pledge their
support in the form of ‘handprints’
BUFFALO N.Y. -- Lucille A. Coady, University at Buffalo
clinical nursing instructor, recalls the very personal quotes
painted on a T-shirt made by her 19-year old daughter for the
Clothesline Project while she was a student at SUNY
I HATE you for what you did.
You took away my friends.
You destroyed my dignity.
You stole my identity.
I thank you for making me strong.
You gave me a voice.
You showed me my intuition.
You pushed me to stand for me.
“It made me cry with her and for her; it made me angry
that my daughter was a victim; it made me feel powerless to protect
her; it made me proud of her resilience to endure and it gave me
hope,” said Coady.
“As a mother, a midwife, a professor, a woman, a sister,
an aunt, a friend and a nurse, the Clothesline Project provided me
“I wanted to bring the project to UB,” she said.
This year for the first time, the University at Buffalo School
of Nursing is able to host the Clothesline Project on the UB campus
because of a Grassroots Grant that Coady applied for from the
American Association of University Women (AAUW).
The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness
to the violence against women. During the public display, a
clothesline is hung with T-shirts. Each shirt is decorated to
represent a particular woman’s experience and typically
expresses the feelings of the survivor or someone who cares about
Traditionally the project, which started on Cape Cod,
Massachusetts in 1990, takes place on college and university
Along with the T-shirts that provide women a voice, bed sheets
are hung from a clothesline with the words, “These hands will
never harm a woman,” and men are invited to place their hand
prints on the sheets.
“As a professor of nursing, I must impart the importance
of community connectedness to students through community service
and outreach,” said Coady. “UB’s
Clothesline Project will include several events nursing students
will participate in on our campus as well as involvement from UB
Football Coach Jeff Quinn and team, the UB School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences and the Western New York community.”
UB Clothesline Project activities include the following.
On April 8, 2:30 p.m., at UB Stadium:
Travers Murphy, executive director of the Family Justice
Center, which assists victims of domestic violence, will meet with
members of the UB Bulls football team to address the issue of
violence against women
On April 9, 5:00 p.m., at UB Stadium:
Coach Quinn and members of the UB Bulls football team will
place their handprints on sheets to pledge their support.
On April 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the UB Student Union (and
outside if weather allows):
nursing students will assist other students in the creation
of T-shirts and the display of T-shirts.
Students and faculty from UB School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences will display their hand prints on a sheet and the UB
football team’s sheet will be displayed
T-shirts will be on display inside the UB Student Union until
Sunday, April 14.
Sub Board has also volunteered its assistance with the
UB will provide T-shirts at no charge to women or their families
who wish to participate.
T-shirts can be made or dropped off on the 4 floor of Michael
Hall on UB’s South Campus in room 414 on April 2 and 4 12
p.m. – 5 p.m.
T-shirts can also be dropped off at Wellness Education Services
(WES), 114 Student Union on UB’s North Campus and the School
of Nursing, Wende Hall outside of the administration offices on
UB’s South Campus.
“Violence against women happens every day and it will not
change if we as a society do not address the causes and promote
intolerance of injustice. To bring it back to our campus community,
as I speak with my students on the topic, they all agree that all
parents have in the back or fore of their minds as they send their
daughters off to college, ‘I hope she is safe,’”