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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 2, 2015

SAC Speaks lecture to feature Beverly Gooden Oct. 5

Beverly Gooden

Beverly Gooden

Northwest Missouri State University’s Student Activities Council hosts Beverly Gooden, a victim rights advocate and creator of the viral hashtag #WhyIStayed, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in the Charles Johnson Theater.

Gooden is a domestic violence survivor and speaks at events and universities across the country about domestic violence sensitivity, social justice and the power of storytelling. Her story inspires others to speak up and speak out against domestic violence.

“There are women in the world yearning for the abstract beauty of a nontoxic life, tasked with constantly reminding a person they love of their own humanity,” Gooden said.

After completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications at Hampton University in Virginia, she went on to finish her master’s degree in social justice from Loyola University Chicago.

Through her educational experience, Gooden began writing her book, “Confessions of a Church Girl.” Her project originally was a private journal but was published as a book that has helped thousands of people in her situation.

As a social justice worker, Gooden focused on direct-action organizing, affordable housing and community development. She later began a second career in the field of human resources.

Gooden has appeared on “Good Morning America,” CNN and “Inside Edition” to share her story. Her writing and experiences also have been featured by NBC’s Today, Time and The Washington Post. To learn more, visit

SAC Speaks lectures are free and open to all Northwest students, employees and community members. Lectures begin at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All lectures take place in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

The mission of the Student Activities Council is to plan and administer activities for Northwest students; in order to contribute to a more well-rounded social, recreational and cultural life for the campus and community. SAC provides entertaining alternatives to students with late night activities and events throughout the year including concerts, lectures, movies and comedians.

Contact the Student Activities Council for more information at 660.562.1226 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468