Violence Awareness Essay Contest

Posted on 9/26/2018 2:47:39 PM

Professor Pearl Berman is sponsoring an essay contest to get students thinking about violence prevention on campus. She will give $100 cash to the IUP student who writes the best essay.

You can choose from two topics:

  • “What would your life be like if you woke up one day and there was no interpersonal violence?”
  • “What would your life be like if there was no interpersonal violence at IUP?”

You could include things like the impact on your day, such as walking or sleeping, relating to people, or anything else that would be different.

The length requirement is no more than 5,000 words, and it is due no later than November 16, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., right before Thanksgiving break. You can turn in the essay at Uhler Hall, Room 101 in the box labeled “My Life Without Violence.”

Berman will give the $100 cash prize to the essay, written by an IUP student, with the most impact that shows how the world would change if no one had to worry about ever being verbally, physically, or sexually abused, harassed or demeaned. The winner will be announced on December 7.

You can be anonymous and put a fake name at the top of the essay, if you would like; but, if you win, Berman has to have a way of contacting you, so you need to include a valid IUP e-mail and phone number underneath your “name” at the top of the essay; if you don’t use your real name, please be sure to use a fake name that you will recognize if Berman tries to contact you.

With the winner’s permission, their essay will be posted in the Penn, in IUP Daily, or in other forums as part of Berman’s efforts to start people imagining what they could gain if we worked together to end violence.

This contest is a great way of getting the conversation going on a topic that affects us all, directly or indirectly.

If you have any questions, please contact Angela Townsend at or Pearl Berman at

Department of Psychology