The Art of C.H.A.N.G.E.


The University of Northern Iowa’s (UNI) Office of Compliance and Equity Management (OCEM) is working to reduce and end sexual assault stigmas and myths on our campus. The goal of this exhibition is to give survivors and supporters a space to share their creative work concerning these stigmas, and to continue awareness and prevention efforts at UNI. This exhibit was conceptualized by former student, Karrah Bates during the 2020-2021 school year. CHANGE stands for:

  • Challenging
  • Harmful
  • Assault
  • Narratives through
  • Group
  • Expression

The art of CHANGE logo. Contains purple, blue, and pink handprints that form the shape of a butterfly.

Submission Showcase

The exhibit will display artwork created by UNI students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The Fall 2022 exhibit is in-person at the Byrd Sanctuary in Kamerick Art Building October 17-21.

The online exhibit will be available at beginning October 17, 2022. 

Each submission will have its own individual post on the OCEM social media accounts. 

Submission Guidelines

Pieces can be submitted with the artist name attached, or anonymously. Submission pieces can include, and are not limited to: poetry, paintings, photography, digital art, music, choreography, sculptures, etc. Any physical copies of artwork must be submitted online in a photo or video or dropped off at the Office of Compliance and Equity Management at Gilchrist 117. Examples from last year's exhibit can be found on our Instagram page (@uni_ocem) or on our Facebook pace (University of Northern Iowa OCEM). 

Content of art may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Why the topic of sexual assault is important to you
  • How stigmas of sexual assault have affected your life
  • The intersection of your experience on campus concerning sexual assault, with your membership in a protected class (e.g. race, sexual orientation, gender, etc.) Please view UNI's Policy 13.02 to see the full definition of protected class.

Note: while we do not wish to limit artistic expression, as a part of UNI campus, we are unable to re-post any explicit material such as profanity, nudity, or names of individuals other than the artist. If the artist feels the inclusion of these materials is vital to the piece, it can still be included in the exhibit, but with the explicit material appropriately censored. If the material is not censored by the artist upon submission, the OCEM will censor as we see fit.

For more information or if you have any questions about the exhibit please contact OCEM at


Please practice self-care and contact the UNI Counseling Center (for students) at (319) 273-2676, UNI Employee Assistance Program (for faculty and staff) at (855) 784-2057 for additional support.

Please fill out the form below to submit your artwork.

C.H.A.N.G.E. Submission Form

The submission form for the exhibit is always open. Pieces will be used in next exhibition. Please check out our website to learn more about classroom presentations, resources, and future exhibits.