The Women’s Center has had a busy week, attending some great events for wonderful causes. First we attended the Clothesline Project, which we hope will be a continuing tradition on our campus. There were quite a few students, staff, faculty, and whole departments that participated.
The library even did a display that provides further information on the topic.
SAS may be doing it again in the Spring, so if you were unable to attend this semester, keep checking back so you can participate next semester.
After the Clothesline Project, the Women’s Center held its annual Breast Cancer walk around campus. There were goodies in the Women Center ( cupcakes and other treats) that were awaiting us after our walk.
We want to give a big thanks to everyone who showed support and came out participated!
We had another great round table this Tuesday, where we had Sexual Assault Services (SAS) come and talk with us about the Red Flag Campaign, and the services that are provided throughout the college.
People had some great questions about consent, and raised some great points about how culturally there is a great impact on how we interact with one another sexually. There was a lot of focus on how “no” is not usually the stopping point, but the beginning of a negotiation, and how problematic that becomes, especially when people get worn down, and feel as though there is no other option.
All of these questions and topics were answered and further clarified by the wonderful people who came to visit from SAS. They did a great job of hosting our round table, and I know I walked away with more knowledge under my belt.
One of the biggest things I took away from this round table, is how fortunate we all are to have the support network created by SAS. Most institutions do not go to the lengths that these folks do in order to ensure that people get the help they need.
So here are some of things these amazing people do:
- Provide support whether you are in a situation yourself, or trying to be there for family or friends who are in abusive relationships, sexual assaults, stalking
- Anonymous reporting
- All services are confidential
- Always on call ( cell #, so you can text as well)
- College -Wide
- They can meet off-campus
- They will go to appointments, court, exams, etc.
They provide support when people need it the most, and are helping to ensure that survivors are aware of all of their options. We are quite fortunate to have this level of involvement, and people who invest so much time to make sure that survivors get help, and know that they are not alone.
SAS is under the NOVA Cares services here at NOVA. Here is there email: firstname.lastname@example.org and phone: 703-338-0834
Keep your calendars open for October 21 to join SAS for the Clothesline Project
For the entire month of October we will be celebrating the Red Flag Campaign, which brings attention to dating violence and works to prevent it from happening on college campuses.
Please join us tomorrow, 10/7 from 2-3 when Negar Ehsani, MSW, our NOVA Sexual Assault and Trauma Specialist, comes by to chat with us.
Hope to see you all there!
From: http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ (Please check out some of the amazing stories)
Come join us today in the Women’s Center to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! We will be meeting from 2-3, and we get to hear from the amazing Noemi Rodriguez-Roman, who will be leading our discussion.
Lately we have mentioned our screening of Girl Rising that is happening on Wednesday 4/16 in room AA 196 from 4-6pm. It is a free event with some light snacks included.
We really encourage folks to com out and participate!
If you are wondering what is Girl Rising, I am here to inform you! It is a movement that is welcomes all folks to support the education of girls. We can all benefit from the education of girls.
This movement demonstrates how girls face many obstacles when it comes to trying to receive an education, and the benefits that are reaped by all when these girls are able to get the education that they deserve.
Please come out and check this wondering screening out.
It may seem like a movement that is far removed from our society, but even here in the U.S. the ramifications of poor or a lack of education can be seen in women. The ramifications are long lasting and influence the generations that come from / after these women. It is something we can change, so please come and work with us to be apart of that change.
To get more information about this movement please check out their site:
Last week we had an amazing round table with Rebecca Kamen. She is a phenomenal artist, and I cannot stress enough how thought provoking and beautiful her pieces are. Aside from her pieces being so captivating, the methodology behind them makes them that much more intriguing. She combines science and art in order to come up with these beautiful displays. She has a mind that is able to connect visually appealing images and installations that often depict events and processes that occur naturally in science. I think it can be unanimous in saying that she was able to illuminate the minds of the crowd with her explanations of swirl patterns and overviews of scientists/artists who used their knowledge to depict these beautiful natural patterns and structures.
What is really mind blowing about her, is how she is able to engage audiences in subjects that can be daunting. I know the idea of neuroscience is fairly intimidating to me, but she presented these scientific disciplines and notions in an intriguing and approachable way. More importantly, she truly encourages students to explore and look at science, technology, engineering, and math from an artistic lens. There is beauty in it, and she manages to capture it and be inspired by it.
For a look at her work please check out her website:
Here is an updated schedule of the happenings that will be going on at the Women Center and various other groups we adore.
November 2013 Calendar Women’s Center
November 6 : 11:15-12:15 AA 331
Round Table – Putting STEAM into STEM – Rebecca Kamen’s work explores the nexus of art and science. She has exhibited and lectured all around the world including NIH, MIT and many other world class institutions. Hear her talk about her experiences and inspire discussion about how the boundaries of art and science are more fluid than we think and how each discipline can inform and inspire the other.
November 6: 3:30-4:30 AA 331
Peer-to-Peer Mentoring – Anyone is free to participate in sharing with other students challenges, celebrations and support.
November 7: 2-3 AA 331
Gay Straight Alliance
November 7: 4:30-7 AA 196
Women’s Center and Psychology Department team up to show “Crazy Like Me”, a film about five interwoven stories that focus on mental illness and its impact on those it affects, their friends and families. After the movie there will be panelists to discuss issues surrounding depression, bipolar, and PTSD.
November 13: 11:15-12:15 AA 331
Round Table: Dr. Abeba Fekade leads a discussion about resilience.
November 14: 2-3 AA 331
Gay Straight Alliance
November 19: 2-3 AA 331
Round Table – Topic to be announced
November 20: 4:30-7:20 AA 196
Movie: “Girls Rising” (http://www.girlrising.com/) offered by Women’s Studies, Psychology, and cosponsored by AAUW. The film tells about nine girls from around the world and the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to positively transform the world.
November 21: 2-3 AA 331
Gay Straight Alliance
November 26: 2-3 AA 331
Round Table: Topic to be announced
Many of you were really interested in the round table discussion today, and as promised here is the PowerPoint for it. Hope you guys enjoy!
In case you are unaware of the discussion, it deals with Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party”, which was completed in 1979. It was a collaborative piece that documents the women throughout Western Civilization. Please check out the presentation. Professor Martin did a wonderful job and presents a great overview of the installation. Enjoy!
* This presentation was done by Professor Martin, NVCC