POUGHKEEPSIE, New York - On Wednesday, April 19, Marist held its annual White Ribbon Campaign.

The White Ribbon Campaign is regarded as the world’s largest movement of males working to end violence against females, as well as promoting gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

This year's event was opened by a discussion led by an advocate from Family Services of Poughkeepsie, in addition to participants watching a five-minute film and then having discussions in small groups.

The first White Ribbon Campaign was held at Marist in the Spring of 2008. It was the idea of football players Dan Smith and Al Ruiz, who were interning at Family Services of Poughkeepsie at the time. The event has continued in some form every year since, and a Take Back the Night initiative was held in 2011.

Please click on the attached video for a recap of the event, including interviews with football captain Ruben Avalos III and Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement Alyssa Gates.