REInWinona State University will host “The Recognizing Equality Initiative” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Student Activity Center, Kryzsko Commons.

The purpose of the Recognizing Equality (RE) Initiative is to educate people to recognize equality in terms of gender. Gender-based violence can occur because of perceived gender inequalities. The RE Initiative aims to raise awareness and put an end to gender-based violence. This fall WSU received an almost $300,000 federal grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to kick off the RE Initiative.

The launch will include comments by WSU President Scott R. Olson, an overview of the RE Initiative, and a PACTivist bystander peer education preview.

The event is sponsored by Health and Wellness Services, the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and the Women’s Resource Center of Winona.

For more information on how to get involved with the RE Initiative, contact RE Initiative program coordinator Heather Gerdes at 507-459-8212 or