Take Back The Night (TBTN) is an annual rally, march and speak-out event. Campus members and the surrounding community unite to raise awareness of sexual and relationship violence. The rally features several speakers and performances and is followed by a march through campus and its surrounding areas. The speak-out that follows is a way for individuals to share in a safe and supportive space how interpersonal violence has affected their lives. TBTN is part of a global initiative to end sexual and relationship violence and an event where all people join together to speak out against sexual and domestic violence. 

Save the Date: Wednesday March 29, 2023, 7 p.m.

Take Back The Night Pledge

By adding your name to the pledge, you agree to the statement below and to personally work towards ending interpersonal violence.

As members of the Syracuse University community, we will stand together against any form of interpersonal violence on this campus. Every member of our community is entitled to live and work in a respectful and safe environment, and we are committed to working toward creating such an environment. It is on all of us to support those impacted by sexual and relationship violence and demonstrate our commitment to acting as a prosocial bystander to intervene.

  • We pledge to treat all people with respect and to never intentionally perpetuate violence in any form, including emotional, physical and sexual violence or verbal harassment.
  • We pledge to act as a prosocial bystander by recognizing and safely intervening in situations where interpersonal violence may occur, to impact the situation in a positive way.
  • We pledge to create an environment in which interpersonal violence is not tolerated and to make Syracuse University a safer place.

2023 Take Back The Night Pledge Signatures

NameOrganization, Department or Group Affiliation
Abiodun AdeoyeGraduate Student Organization (GSO)
Panagiotis HatzelamprouHealth Promotion
Ashley AlessandriniSyracuse Abroad
Afua S Danso DankwaOur Time Has Come Scholarship Program
Bridget DemorestSyracuse Abroad
Eli BurrStudent Living
Matt HackettBarnes Center at The Arch, Recreation
Michael AmmouryGraduate Student Organization (GSO)
Jasmine HolmesBarnes Center at The Arch
Shelby BergenCareer Services
Daniel J. KimmelGraduate Student Organization, Interim President & Vice President of Internal Affairs
Cory WallackBarnes Center at The Arch
Thomas CondonCollege of Engineering and Computer Science
Melissa AlvisiGSO
Grace CiagneAlpha Gamma Delta
Patricio JimenezStudent Title IX Case Management
Faith EberstSocial Work Dept.
Kylie AllenDepartment of Counseling and Human Services
Taylor KoenneckeHealth Promotion
Shreya zope
Cora True-FrostCollege of Law
Shannon GardnerCollege of Law
Sampada RegmiiSchool
Cara CapparelliBarnes Center at The Arch
Simone C. Adams, LMFTBarnes Center at The Arch, Counseling
Tyrone ReeseStudent Outreach and Support
La'Kesa AllenCommunity Standards
Melissa SaladinStudent Experience/Health/COVID
Tracy BarlokAdvancement and External Affairs
Taylor PutmanAudiology
Sarah LorberiSchool
Adia SantosStudent Association
Eden GardnerESF Mighty Oak Student Assembly
Carla GuarigliaBe With Survivors SU- President, Callisto Campus Ambassador, Student Association- Director of Mental Health Advocacy
Richard Kaufman IVStudent Association, Graduate Student Organization
Ryan St JeanStudent Association
Tim PhelpsESF
Jacqueline DiPaoloStudent Association
TulsiSouth Asian Student Association
Benjamin R CavarraStudent Association
Harrison VogtStudent Association
Sukhleen AtwalStudent Association
Jordan BeasleyStudent Association VP of DEI
Matthew ByrneStudent Association
Monica JankovicDelta Phi Epsilon
Reed Addison GrangerStudent Association
David BruenStudent Association
Dylan FranceBlack Student Union
William TreloarStudent Association
Riley HammondStudent Association
Yasmin NayrouzStudent Association
Leah T DudakGraduate Program, iSchool
Caitlin CafieroSchool of Education
Payton D. CookeLibrary and Information Science (MLIS)
Jersey CosantinoCultural Foundations of Education
Sandra Chiwikeischool grad student
Kirin R. TaylorPolitical Science department
Sobia ParachaPolitical Science
April LopezFood Studies
Roger RosenaPhilosophy Department
Victoria Nicole HughesGRSAPH
Rachel ArauzGraduate Student Association for Public Health
Yhanelly RuizPeer Education, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., HEOP/SSS Ambassador
Mateo RoldanPeer Education
Amie RedmondSchool of Education
Samantha AlcalaLambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.
Ixchel FloresVisual and Performing Arts
Riley FanningHealth Promotion
Samantha Ann NowrangNational Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.
Cara MaciagBarnes Center at The Arch, Recreation
Sarah WolffSchool of Education, Mid-State Regional Partnership Center
Ben GansenbergInterfraternity Council
Sharon AlestaloWomen in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
Kate ShannonCollege of Law
Mike HaynieOffice of Strategic Initiatives & Innovation
Jessica RobertsCommunity Standards
Heather ThompsonWriting Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
Keira Samantha Josephine AndrewsStudent Experience
Mary Helen McNealCollege of Law
Melanie SalasStudent Association and Our Time Has Come
Aldrick CadeOur Time Has Come and Student Association
Olivia HendersonSyracuse University
Tanya WilliamsonBarnes Center at The Arch
Paula C. JohnsonCollege of Law
Jenny BreenCollege of Law
Arlene KanterSyracuse University College of Law
Shubha GhoshCollege of Law; ASPI; SIPLI
Kevin MaillardCollege of Law
Lauryn GouldinCollege of Law
Kate TressleriSchool Advising
John PapazoglouChancellor's Office
Georgia KogutSyracuse University
Brian KonkolHendricks Chapel
Kent SyverudChancellor's Office
Julius RauchSyracuse Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
Pete SalaBusiness, Finance and Administrative Services (BFAS)
Mary OppermanOffice of the Board of Trustees
Andrew GordonSenior Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer
Steve BennettAcademic Affairs
Brett PadgettBusiness, Finance and Administrative Services
Lindsay SupernaultBarnes Center at The Arch, Health Care
Candace Campbell JacksonChancellor's Office
John WildhackAthletics
Kira McCraryStudent Outreach and Support
Denise C. DyceHuman Resources
Joshua Segui-RodriguezIntercultural Collective, Student Experience
Karen MorrisseyHuman Resources
Jennifer McLaughlinHuman Resources
Pam SockerHuman Resources
Jodi ManganoSyracuse University, Human Resources
Kathleen BenjaminJMA Dome
Robert RyanSocial Work
Tracy M BalduzziThe Graduate School
Emily NasalStudent Engagement
Scott WarrenSyracuse University Libraries
Danielle DuringBarnes Center at The Arch
Rebeca PuenteMaxwell-MAIR
Suzanne McGillicuddyFisher Center NYC and Student Experience
Sheila Johnson-WillisEOIRS
Honora MarceauBarnes Center at The Arch, Health Care
Mindy WilsonBarnes Center at The Arch, Health Care
Latasha Monique SandersBarnes Center at The Arch, Health Care
LeeAnne LaneBarnes Center at The Arch, Health Care
Sarah Simon-PatchesSyracuse University College of Law
Craig A. StoneCampus Safety and Emergency Management Services
Mary Grace A. AlmandrezOffice of Diversity and Inclusion
Edward KiewraOffice of Institutional Research
Jana SealThe Daily Orange
Jillian ScheerSyracuse University
Josh RichCommunity Standards
Allen GrovesStudent Experience Division
Bernie JacobsonStudent Title IX Case Management
Sheriah DixonDean of Students
Julie HallOIR-Academic Affairs
Benjamin T. Vasquez ‘18SUAA Board of Directors/Chancellor's Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence
Kirsten C. EllebyAthletics
Seth OvadiaInstitutional Research
Kevin StensbergStudent Title IX Case Management
Francis CrociataStudent Title IX Case Management
Brian LedermanMaxwell School
Kyle DaileyStudent Experience
Jolisa D. SmithStudent Engagement
Shyanne D. WhiteStudent Engagement
Rob HradskyStudent Experience
Michael DuignanStudent Engagement
Brittany ZaehringerStudent Experience
Emily GrahamLerner Center for Public Health Promotion & Population Health
Amanda DuBoseSyracuse University Libraries
Dan CutlerLiving Learning Communities
Jennifer DavisonAdvancement and External Affairs, Prospect Management
Ali BakhtiariFirst Year Seminar
William MyhillOffice of Diversity & Inclusion
Kathleen HaleyInternal Communications, Division of Communications
Laurie FernandezNu Rho Poetic Society
Taylor GaleStudent Living
Missy Mathis-HanlonParent and Family Services
Daniela PuenteBarnes Center at The Arch, DEIA Office
Kathleen CoughlinBarnes Center at The Arch, Health Care
Carol FaulknerDean's Office, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Janet CoriaSociology Department
Giuliana PainterLiving Learning Communities
Jimmy LuckmanFirst Year Seminar
Ethan MontgomeryInterfraternity Council
Rachel SalmonMental Health Counseling
Rose BreenCommunity Standards
Sythong RunPeer Educator, Barenes Center Health Promotion
Jessica NewsomLiving Learning Communities
Rosalyn ImpinkPAIA
Jessica CuadraBarnes Center at The Arch, Recreation
Breana Nieves VergaraMulticultural Affairs
Reighan AlstonBarnes Center at The Arch, Recreation
Pam PeterStudent Title IX Case Management
Kelly Diaz RojasLambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.
Samantha PerkinsStudent Experience Communications
Vicente "Vinnie" CuevasBarnes Center at The Arch, Health Promotion
Aiden CiaffaglioneBarnes Center at The Arch, Health Promotion
Leslie SkeffingtonBarnes Center at The Arch, Health Promotion
Meredith R. PattersonBarnes Center at The Arch, Health Promotion
Rachel EvansBarnes Center at The Arch, Health Promotion
Shannon A. HeftiBarnes Center at The Arch, Health Promotion
Nick StinesNew Student Programs
Butch HallmarkNew Student Programs
Shannon AndreStudent Experience Communications
Courtney AlbikerStudent Experience Division
Carrie Grogan AbbottNew Student Programs
Katie BrodyStudent Title IX Case Management
Virginia EvansBarnes Center at The Arch, Counseling
Kofi A.D. AddaiCommunity Standards - Stop Bias
Gabrielle R. M. LakeStudent Experience Communications

History of Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an annual event, observed throughout the United States as well as internationally, that brings community members together to speak out about sexual violence, relationship violence, and other forms of interpersonal violence. Take Back the Night provides an opportunity for community members to proclaim that each individual has the right to live free from violence and for the voices of those who have been affected by violence to be heard.

The origins of Take Back the Night are uncertain. It may have started in London, England in 1877, when women protested the fear and violence they experienced in streets at night. Others believe that the first rally occurred in 1976 in Belgium when women attending the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women lit candles and took to the streets to denounce the continuation of violence against women. Regardless of the origin of Take Back the Night, what is clear is the importance of these events. Thousands of Take Back the Night marches and rallies have taken place worldwide, including on college campuses, and this tradition continues.

Traditionally held the last Wednesday in March at Syracuse University, Take Back the Night is a collaboration of campus and community members, coming together to take a stand against all violence, to raise awareness about attitudes that perpetuate violence, and to discuss ways we can work together to make the night safe for all members of the community. Take Back the Night at Syracuse University is a series of events designed to bring all members of our community together to encourage dialogue about sexual, relationship and other forms of interpersonal violence. The events culminate in a rally, march and speak-out at Hendricks Chapel. The rally and march provide a forum for members of our community to come together to take a stand publicly and proclaim that the violence must end. The speak-out that follows is a smaller, private gathering where individuals have the opportunity to talk in a safe space about how violence has impacted their lives and to talk with one another about what each of us can do to work to end the violence.

Take Back the Night Shirts

Each year the Take Back the Night Planning Committee sells an annual Take Back the Night shirt to raise money for the  Sexual and Relationship Violence Survivor Support Fund. Shirts will be available for purchase in the Campus Store and Barnes Center at The Arch Pharmacy starting mid-March and leading up to the event. Shirts will be $10 each and proceeds from shirt sales will benefit resources for victims and survivors of sexual and relationship violence.

Take Back The Night Planning Committee

The Take Back the Night Planning Committee comprises students that have been nominated by staff, faculty and peers to help plan this annual event. The group meets starting in December the semester before the event and volunteers 8-15 hours a month to help plan and promote the event. This event could not be a success without the hard work of the Take Back the Night Planning Committee team.

Nominate a student (or yourself) for the 2023 Take Back The Night event by filling out this form.  Nominations will be reviewed on a rolling basis.