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Bob Pleasants recognized for work to end domestic violence

Bob Pleasants, a third-year doctoral student in the Culture, Curriculum and Change Program and teen services coordinator for the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County, was recognized by the national Sunshine Lady Foundation for his contributions to ending domestic violence. Pleasants was one of 37 people chosen nationwide to receive a “Certificate of Sunshine” excellence award. The award includes a $1,000 donation to the center.

Pleasants has been involved with the Durham Crisis Response Center as a mentor to youth and with the center first as a volunteer advocate, then as a staff member. As teen services coordinator, he presents a teen dating violence curriculum called “Save the Date” to all the high schools in Orange County.

At UNC-Chapel Hill, Pleasants is active in campus-based organizations to raise awareness about violence against women, and he has co-taught a course he helped develop called “Leadership and Anti-Violence Awareness.