In early September, our chapter hosted a One Love event for the greater University of Richmond campus in the hopes of spreading awareness on relationship violence.
The One Love Foundation was established following the death of Yeardley Love, a Theta senior at the University of Virginia. She was a lacrosse player at UVA, and was widely known for the kindness and fun spirit that she carried with her everywhere. Yeardley tragically lost her life due to relationship violence at the hands of her ex-boyfriend three weeks before her graduation. Hoping to remember Yeardley and draw attention to the issue of relationship violence, Yeardley's family established the One Love Foundation. One Love's mission is to increase education and start a conversation about the reality of relationship violence in order to prevent similar tragedies in the future.
Representatives from One Love as well as Westhampton College Dean Fankhauser were present at the screening of Escalation, the film that One Love has created to assist with their mission of education surrounding relationship violence. Theta seniors Caroline Quamme and Ariana LaRocca served as trained facilitators for the conversation involving the audience following the film. It was a moving and eye-opening presentation, and we are so grateful for the chance to help carry on our sister's legacy.
For more information on Yeardley's story or the mission of the One Love Foundation, visit http://www.joinonelove.org.