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October Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

During the month of October, UNC Charlotte will hold events to raise awareness about issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault and to promote healthy relationships.

Through Thursday, Oct. 6, participants can paint their nails purple, the official color of domestic violence awareness month, and learn how to identify an unhealthy relationship at an information table located at Prospector. On Thursday, Oct. 13, Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. will host "Help Carry the Weight," a demonstration modeled after the activism and art of Emma Sulkowicz. In 2012, after a violent sexual encounter, Sulkowicz, then a student at Columbia University, carried her dorm mattress around campus in response to the university’s failure to acknowledge her assault.

Click here to learn more about other events scheduled on campus.

Vocabulary Research Helps Pave the Way to Literacy

Vocabulary is a major stumbling block for many adolescents with learning disabilities who are trying to learn to read, but a UNC Charlotte researcher is developing ways to make it easier for these students to learn and retain key words.

Kristen Beach, an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Child Development, and a colleague from the University of California, Riverdale, received a grant of nearly $1.5 million from the Institute of Education Sciences to fund a new study. It’s called "Vocabulary CHAAOS: Creating Habits that Accelerate Academic Language of Students," and it explores an area of the utmost importance for young readers.

"Knowing the meanings of words is critical for developing clear and accurate understanding of text," said Beach. "Providing instruction in academic vocabulary words that appear across subject areas with high frequency is imperative for struggling readers and students with disabilities to have a chance of independently reading and understanding grade-level or near grade-level text."