Last semester the film the Hunting Ground was shown and continued a necessary discussion about the reality of sexual assault on campuses. Please join us to continue this very important discussion that has a grave impact on everyone.
THE HUNTING GROUND REVISITED:
An academic discussion about sexual assault
Tuesday, March 15th 12:30-2pm, Bisdorf 196
Please join us in an ongoing conversation about issues raised in last semester’s showing of The Hunting Ground, a film about sexual assault on college campuses.
Professors of Sociology, Psychology, English, and Women’s Studies will lead an open dialogue regarding the topics of gender, power and assault. This is an event for all students, faculty, and staff who would like to continue this discussion.
If you would like to watch the Hunting Ground prior to this conversation, it is being shown in the Women’s Center at the following times 3/1: noon, 3/2: 2pm, 3/3: 4pm, and 3/5: 10am.
There have been a lot of great things going around campus lately, and hopefully many of you have noticed that is Hispanic Heritage month. Outside of 252, there is a lovely display highlighting Hispanic Heritage. If you have not seen it, please go check it out.
Today in lieu of our normal round table there will be a viewing of “Wilaya“. It is a drama that is in both Spanish and Arabic, with English subtitles. Come join us for the viewing at 2:30 in room AA 160. There will be a discussion after the film that will be moderated by Prof. Lama Hamdan. Hope to see you guys there! And stay tuned for some more exciting events coming up in the next few weeks.
This past Friday, the AAUW (the American Association of University Women) hosted their Elect Her event on the Alexandria Campus. Their elect her program focuses on training college women to run for student government. We had 50 students turn out for the event!
We are very proud of our students who participated, and are happy that the AAUW was able to come out and continue empower our students! Thank you for everyone who helped put this together, and to all those who participated.
Check out Elect Her for more information on the program.
This past Saturday we had the honor of participating in the event Women Helping Women, which was a day long even that had various workshops that could be attended. The theme this year was, “Taking Care of Yourself.”
We have some amazing women who helped put this even together, as well as some wonderful speakers who came out and shared the words of wisdom. I was able to catch some of the “Work Life/Balance” workshop by Dr. Walters, and it hit home for me, and I imagine it did for anyone else in the room. We all struggle to juggle the various responsibilities we have in our lives.
Thank you to all the people who helped to put this together, the speakers, and the people who came out and participated in this great event. Uplifting one another is so important!
Mental Health has been a topic national discussion, in the wake of Robin Williams’ suicide, and the call for their to be a more efforts put into researching mental health, as well as an honest discussion on how the mentally ill are regarded in this country.
There is a huge stigma attached to having a mental illness, and it is this stigma that add more reasons for people not to seek help. Mental illness is seen as a weakness, and that people should just “suck it up,” which is why we see so many mentally ill on the street, people who are deemed “lazy” or they just did not “try hard enough”. It becomes their problem, and takes any culpability away from a society that turns a blind eye to those who are struggling, and suffer from very real issues.
One of the things we discussed yesterday during the Women’s Center meeting, are the things we can\will be doing during this semester, and hopefully for many semester to follow. Starting February we will be having a Support Group on Wednesday’s from Noon – 1 led by a counselor from Access Hope and starting next week on Thursday’s from 3:30 – 4:30 there will a Recovery Community meeting.
We are all really excited to have these groups available, and hope that they provide some support to those in need.
This is a national battle, but we can do our part in our little community. Here are some folks who are sharing their own stories, and pushing to make change in how we interact with mental health:
This phrase has been appearing across social media as of late, in the wake of both Ferguson and New York. There are heated debates all over discussing police brutality, but on a larger scale, systems that exist that do not protect people of color, and perpetuate long held sentiments of institutionalized racism.
We have never really had an honest discussion about racism in this country, and how it is so entrenched in the foundations, and how it has shaped the way we function as a nation today. Ferguson and New York are just two more tragic examples of this, and how there needs to be a change, and how we need to have an honest discussion.
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
All services are confidential
Always on call ( cell #, so you can text as well)
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