Alpha Chi Omega to host “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event

TCU’s chapter of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority will launch its first “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event Oct. 23 in the Campus Commons.

The event will raise awareness for domestic violence across the nation and on TCU’s campus, said Katy Oliphint, junior psychology major and Alpha Chi Omega vice president of panhellenic and philanthropy. 

“This event gives a chance for men to take the time to think about what it would be like from a woman’s perspective to be put into violent situations,” Oliphint said.

The nationally-recognized event is a chance for men to walk a mile in high heel shoes to bring attention to the serious causes, effects and remediations of men’s sexualized violence against women, according to the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes website.

Oliphint said she and her sorority sisters were eager to come up with a fun way to promote their philanthropy, domestic violence awareness, on campus.

“This is the first year that we have ever done this event,” Oliphant said. “We were looking for something new, something exciting that could happen on campus.”

Alpha Chi Omega members coordinating the event will be recruiting men in groups of four to participate in the relay race around the Campus Commons. The cost is $75 per group including food.

“It is open to men, [but] more so we are targeting the fraternity men,” Oliphint said. “The money that we are raising is going toward the philanthropy that we work with, which is the Women’s Center of Tarrant County.”

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will be this Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Campus Commons.