Sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU), the memorial walk will take place on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, 1-4 p.m. at the McCarthey Family Track & Field on campus. The 2021-22 ASUU leadership are continuing the efforts to make this walk an annual event to honor Lauren’s legacy at the university, and expanding wider community engagement with education and awareness on dating culture and campus safety through this event.
Those wishing to participate may arrive at the McCarthy Family Track & Field anytime between 1-3:30 p.m.on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, and walk for as long as they wish. While not required, pre-registration is also available here.
Participants are invited to walk a lap or two on the track where Lauren McCluskey trained and to commit to Lauren’s Promise which states:
“I will listen and believe you if someone is threatening you.”
Lauren McCluskey, a 21-year-old honors student-athlete, was murdered on Oct. 22, 2018, by a man she briefly dated on the University of Utah campus. We must all take actions to ensure that this never happens again.
The event will be co-hosted by the Lauren McCluskey Foundation which honors the memory of Lauren McCluskey by supporting her passions and undertaking a monumental effort to make campuses throughout the United States safe from dating violence and stalking. Also the McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Utah which serves as a national leader in the effort to eliminate relationship and sexual violence (RSV) among U.S. college students.
A press conference will be held at 1 p.m. that day to announce five key initiatives designed to change the culture on college campuses that responds to dating violence and stalking. The plan will promote a comprehensive and coordinated response that includes not only campus safety programs but all areas of student life and involvement of local jurisdictional public safety organizations.