Local “Stars” Dance to End Power-based Violence


The first Berea College “Dancing with the Stars” event will be held on Friday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel and feature former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent and local “stars” Reid Connelly, Reverend Rachel Small-Stokes, Berea College faculty and Berea College dance groups.

This event is sponsored by People Who Care, one of the community service programs housed in the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS). Tickets will be sold at the door for $3 with all proceeds benefiting the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center (BRCC).

BRCC began in 1974 as a crisis help line for women in need and has expanded to district offices in 17 counties across the state of Kentucky, with the nearest locations to Berea being in Richmond and Winchester. The organization strives to reduce violence in Kentucky and to provide a safe space for women who have been victimized by various forms of abuse. BRCC is directed by Berea resident and Berea College graduate, Mae Suramek. This event will be one of the many throughout the year to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary. Locally, BRCC partners with People Who Care and CELTS to raise awareness on issues of human trafficking and all forms of sexual violence.

For more information about this event, contact Heather Schill, CELTS Assistant Director at 859-985-3804.

Categories: News, Programs and Initiatives
Tags: CELTS, Dancing with the Stars, Phelps Stokes Chapel

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.