Category Archives: Round Table

The Hunting Ground Revisited

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.

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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.

Updates!

Our board meeting went very well last week. It was nice to see familiar faces, and to start putting in the groundwork for what should be an exciting year.

Some things to look out for this year, is ongoing series on transgender issues. Please look out for these topics, the last Tuesday of each month. Many people may have questions about what is transgender? Or may just be looking for a safe place to talk, this is the perfect place. We hope to see many faces come out and join us.

We will also be doing Red Flag month again, so please stay tuned for some exciting events associated with that.

Round-Table-Discussion

Last but not least, please come to 331 today for our weekly round table at 2 pm!

The Fearless Female and the Freedom to Be Happy

Looking for something to do tomorrow, 3/24?

The Fearless Female and the Freedom to Be Happy

Strong Lives Lead to Happy Lives

Where: AA 196
When: 12:30 -1:30

Where: AA 331
When 2:00 – 3:00

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“College students want many things: fun, friends, success, and an opportunity to find their own way toward a fulfilling, happy life. Dr. Erin Foley teaches students how to build a STRONG LIFE. She delivers messages aimed at helping students go after their opportunities with strength, confidence and an eye toward what’s possible.

Sponsored by the Student life Office, Dr. Foley will be conducting two programs: “The Fearless Female and the Freedom to Be Happy” and “Strong Lives Lead to Happy Lives”. ”

Lending a Hand

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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:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/16/health/mental-wellness-warriors-fighting-for-those-who-need-it-most/index.html

Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone! The Spring Semester has just begun, and the Women’s Center is excited to get things rolling again.

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Hopefully everyone had a good break, and is ready to go!

Next Tuesday, January 20th at 2 p.m. in Room 331, will be our first meeting of the new semester, and we are really looking forward to everyone coming out and discussing what you would like to see happen throughout the semester. So, please bring your ideas, let us know what things you would like us to discuss, and what kind of impact we could all make on our campus.

Photo Credit: Welcome signs, Laem Tong beach, Phi Phi Don Island, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 13 Jan 2015.
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Round Table Tuesday – 10/7

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.

SAS  Information Table
SAS Information Table

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: nova.sas@nvcc.edu and phone: 703-338-0834

Keep your calendars open for October 21 to join SAS for the  Clothesline Project

#RedFlagCampaign

Visit theRedFlagCampaign.org

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!