Campus offers self-defense course for women Feb. 22

Free class is offered to help all women feel safe and empowered at Penn State York
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Students at Penn State York participated in the Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange (SAFE) Course Program Opportunity for Women in January at the campus. A second opportunity to take the free course is set for Friday, Feb. 22 from 1:30-4 p.m. in Room 112 of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.  The course is free to all women on campus, and provided by the Police and Public Safety Department at Penn State York.

Credit: Dwayne Smith

YORK, Pa. — A second session of the Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange (SAFE) Course Program for Women is being offered from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Penn State York. The free course is being offered by the Penn State York Police and Public Safety Department.

“We want our students to be safe and empowered,” said Dwayne Smith, a police and public safety officer at Penn State York, and the course instructor. “By participating in the Women’s Self-Defense Familiarization Exchange (SAFE) Program, we hope students achieve self-confidence, self-awareness, and some basic skills that help them reduce the opportunity of being victimized.”  

The program features a lecture, a 17-minute film, and about a 90-minute introduction to the option of physical defense. Smith is a certified NSDI SAFE instructor. Space in the course is limited to 25 participants.

To learn more about the course or register for it, contact Smith or Bob Lehman, lieutenant for police and public safety, at 717-771-4103 or stop in the office located in Room 11 of the John J. Romano Administration Building.